Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dog Chewed Kilim Rug

A dog chewed this Turkish kilim rug shortly after my clients placed it down in their home after buying the kilim in Turkey while on vacation.  Our client's dog (who is very sweet!) damaged a part of the selvage, edge, and fringe of the kilim.  Nothing without remedy, of course, and we are happy that both our clients and their dog have very nice taste indeed. --

Navajo Rug Repair

Above is a picture of the completed Navajo rug repair.  We rewove the compromised warp and weft and bound the edges so as to minimize the risk of future unraveling.  Below is a picture of the complete Navajo rug.  Note the beautiful pale colors form a calm yet powerful motif.  It is a truly beautiful example of Navajo weaving.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Navajo Rug Repair

The picture above is of a Navajo rug (technically, a Navajo flat weave) in need of repair.  Corners of rugs and flat weaves are always particularly vulnerable to damage, particularly because of traffic patterns, aggressive vacuuming, and the occasional hungry pet.  We were fortunate to get this piece entrusted to us relatively soon before further damage and unraveling occurred.  Often what may seem like a minor damage to a corner can compromise both the warp and weft of a flat weave.   Navajo rug repairs and restoration projects usually require different yarns than Persian and Turkish pieces.  Navajo rugs are usually woven with thicker yarns than their Middle Eastern counterparts.  Much of the technique is the same, however, and the result equally as beautiful.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Persian Rug Repair

Above is the result of our recent Persian rug fringe repair.  We rebuilt the warp that was completely missing (and which comprises the fringe).  After doing so, we reknotted the missing pile.  We took care to match the color of the original pile so as not to make the repair stand out and so that it would blend as much as possible.  The final step was to bind the fringe so as to minimize the risk of unraveling  With due care, this fine Persian rug will last for at least a few more generations.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Persian Rug Repair

We recently repaired a lovely Persian rug that was in fine condition with the exception of an edge that was damaged.  With rug damage like this, we advise our clients to avoid the easier and quicker solution of sewing in a patch from a Persian rug with similar colors.  While this solution may seem like an easy quick fix (and correspondingly, a seemingly less expensive option for a Persian rug repair), it is only temporary.  More often than not, when a patch is sewn into another handmade Persian rug, the patch will eventually separate from the rug.  A true repair will involve recreating any missing warp and weft and reknotting the pile onto the Persian rug itself.  This is virtually a permanent solution that will not require redoing at least for our lifetimes except in the very unlikely event of some extraordinary pressure on the rug (as in a hungry puppy or the like).  --