Sunday, August 22, 2010

Moroccan kilim restoration - edges unraveling

The beautiful Moroccan kilim I recently blogged about had numerous problem areas, including a compromised selvage (selvedge).  As you see from the picture above, it was necessary to bind the edges of this kilim to prevent any (further) unraveling.   It is important to have these kinds of repairs / restoration of your rugs and kilims done as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting more extensive.  As the old adage goes, a stitch in time ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Moroccan kilim restoration - after picture

A few days ago I posted "before" pictures of just one isolated area of my recent Moroccan kilim restoration.   As is usually the case with many of our restoration projects, we began the restoration process with a thorough professional kilim cleaning.  Generally, a professional rug or kilim cleaning is recommended before any repair or restoration can be done because the yarns used in the repair or restoration should match the clean yarns of the kilim and/or rug (ie, the yarns used in the repair should not match the dirty yarns of a dirty kilim / rug).  If you wait to do the rug or kilim cleaning until after the repair or restoration, the yarns used in the repair and restoration will seem very dull compared to the yarns of the cleaned kilim.  After the cleaning, we rewove the torn areas and bound the selvages (selvedges).  The picture above is the final result.   This kilim had many problem areas but I'll leave those for another day as I need to get back to a few other rug repairs that have been keeping me busy.  More to come soon ... -- 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Moroccan kilim restoration - before pictures

I've always enjoyed repairing and restoring Moroccan kilims and rugs.  Their earthy colors and textures are indeed quite beautiful and evoke images of their desert landscape origins.  My most recent Moroccan kilim restoration was on a piece that had a whole range of problems - from worn and torn selvages (selvedges), to tears, unraveling, compromised fringes, and missing warps and wefts.  The pictures above and below focus on just one of the many problem areas this Moroccan kilim had - as you can see, the selvage was torn and the kilim needed reweaving.  In my next post, I'll share how I repaired this problem by reweaving the compromised warps and wefts and securing the selvage.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Turkish Rug Repair - Final Result

Our latest Turkish rug repair is complete.  Above is the before picture.  Below is the final result of the rug repair.  The longer yarns of the repair have been cut and the repaired area now blends into the original knotting.  Stay tuned for our next project! --