Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nepalese Rug Repair - Final

In our last post, I shared a "before" picture of a recent repair we did on a Nepalese hand knotted rug.  To repair the hole, we built a warp and weft (pictured below) on which to knot the missing pile.

Below is a picture of the area after our repair.  

As always, our goal was to make the repaired area blend into the original weaving.  For a rug such as this one, in which there are no bright colors and dynamic patterns, it is particularly challenging to make the repair disappear, but perhaps even more important.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nepalese Rug Repair - before

Most of the rugs and weavings that I grew up with and that my family wove and cared for are richly patterned and brightly colored.  Over the years, I have become very interested in the weavings of different regions - such as the rug above which was knotted in Nepal.  This handknotted rug is completely devoid of any patterns or motifs, and allows the undyed wool and goat hair itself to be in a prime focus.  The simplicity of the style gives the viewer the opportunity to appreciate the immense beauty of the natural materials.  It is a challenge for a restorer to work on these weavings, as there is no pattern in which to "hide" the restoration.  The work therefore must be as integrated into the original as possible so as not to disrupt the beauty of the quiet and pattern-less field.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Turkmen Bokhara Rug Repair - Before and After

Above is the picture of the Turkmen Bokhara Rug before our repair and restoration.  Below is the same section photographed after our repair and restoration.

Taken from the underside of the rug, below is a picture of the same area before the repair and restoration.

Below is a picture of the same area of the underside after our repair and restoration.  Rug repairs and restorations are usually more visible from the underside.