Friday, June 29, 2012

Moroccan Berber Rug Cleaning and Repair


We recently completed a Moroccan Berber rug cleaning and repair project.  Moroccan Berber rugs have enjoyed a recent increase in popularity due to their timeless design that seems to fit in with just about every style of decor - from the traditional aesthetic to the more modern.  This particular Moroccan Berber rug, as is typical with all Berber rugs, have minimal motifs, longer piles than their Persian and Turkish counterparts, and are infused with vibrant fantastic color.   After cleaning this Berber rug, we were asked to bind the fringes of the rug so as to prevent any unraveling as well as repairing and reknotting the hole pictured above that was in almost the very center of the rug.  To show the extent of the damage, we took pictures of both the front side of the damage (top picture) and the reverse side of the rug (bottom picture).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Moth Damage in Rugs

Moths are peculiar little creatures.  They are small, relatively slow, strangely finicky, and able to cause an incredible amount of damage to any rug, including those exceptional rugs and kilims so many of us treasure in our homes.  Moths work in the dark, in closets, in garages, under sofas, under beds.  Moths work in humid areas where there is little cross ventilation.  Moths prefer soiled rugs to clean rugs.  And moths have their very specific tastes - note in the top picture above how moths "ate" just certain sections of the rug's pile.  Moths simply left certain colors alone.  They are carvers, eating only those woolen knots that they prefer.  Moths can cause an incredible amount of damage - just take notice of the bottom picture taken from the back side of the carpet.  Those little white "dots" are intersections of warp and weft where a woolen knot once was but was eaten by a moth.  Rug repair and rug restoration will be able to remedy the damage caused by moths in most instances, but prevention can go a long way.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug Repair - Result

This picture above is of the antique Caucasian Kazak rug after our restoration (just as a reminder, the picture below is what the section of the rug looked like before our restoration project).  We reknotted the missing section and restored the compromised border area.  Now that the antique rug has been restored, we hope that it will be enjoyed for decades to come.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug Repair

This antique Caucasian Kazak rug is of gorgeous quality.  Its fine wool, exquisite knotting, and sublime color palette make it among the most beautiful pieces we've worked on recently.  The damage in the antique Kazak rug was readily apparent:  it had a significant section missing; worn out pile along the border; and compromised fibers throughout.  This antique Caucasian Kazak rug restoration project was significant, but the reward of bringing back the structural integrity of this beautiful rug was just wonderful.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Is An Antique Rug "Worth" Repair or Restoration?

Quite often, we are asked whether a particular rug or kilim is worth repairing or restoring.  It is a very difficult question to answer for many reasons, including the very significant factor of any sentimental value it has for its owner.   To answer this question, we usually advise clients of what the cost of repair and / or restoration would be and then give them a rough estimate of what the retail price would be of a similar rug purchased today.  Often what this calculation omits, however, is the very real and underestimated value of preserving our common heritage and conserving a part of the past for the future.  The absolutely exquisite antique Turkish rug pictured above, before restoration, was probably the cost of only half of the cost of restoration.  It is, of course, worth much more now after its restoration - not only in terms of its "retail price," but also because through its restoration, more generations will be able to appreciate it, enjoy it, and treasure it.