Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Repairing Water Damaged Indian Rug - Before Pictures

Years ago, our client purchased this hand knotted rug from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift store.  It is a reproduction of an antique Indian hand knotted rug.  Our client was attracted to its rich and vibrant color palette and the intricate design.   As many who have hand knotted rugs can attest to, once you have a hand knotted rug as part of your decor, it becomes part of the room - as much as the floor itself.  Our client had had this rug in his home and had left the rug virtually undisturbed for quite a while.  He had placed a potted plant on a section of the rug and faithfully watered the plant without noticing that the water sometimes sat on the bottom of the pot, causing the rug to become wet and eventually start to mold.  Pictured above and below are the sections of the water damaged hand knotted rug.

The photo above shows the mold that had begun to grow on the back side of the rug.  This was all caused by watering of the plant that had rested on top of the rug.

Though it is hard to tell from the pictures, the damaged section measured approximately 10 inches. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Monday, April 29, 2013

Navajo Rug Repair - Process and Final Result

As with most other rug restoration and rug repair projects, our first step in our recent project was professionally cleaning the Navajo rug.  Cleaning is advised so that embedded particles are removed from the fibers, and so that the yarns used in the repaired section will match as closely as possible the color of the (clean) original rug.

After cleaning the Navajo rug, we nailed the rug to a wooden frame and then extended warp at the rug's edge.  The vertical strands pictured above are the new warp threads.

Finally, we rewove the weft keeping the original motif and color palette.  The final result, pictured above, is our latest Navajo rug repair.  With proper care and cleaning, this rug can be enjoyed for years to come.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Navajo Rug Repair

One of my favorite projects to work on are Navajo rug repairs.   I always find myself marveling at how communities as far apart from each other as those in my native Turkey and the Navajo people from the Americas use similar motifs, color patterns, and weaving techniques to express their art and enrich their homes.  The Navajo rug above, comprised of a beautiful black, grey, and beige color palette, had begun to unravel at its sides, a common problem with Navajo and other kinds of rugs.  The corner shown in the picture above suffered from a compromised selvage.  An early repair was able to minimize the risk of damage to the field of the Navajo rug.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Monday, April 15, 2013

Antique Soumak Rug Repair

The Soumak rug repair we recently completed first entailed a professional cleaning of the piece.  Then, we rebuilt the compromised and missing warp, pictured below.

After we rebuilt the warp, we began reweaving the motifs, seen in outline form below.

And, finally, below is the final result of the Soumak rug repair.  We aimed to match the original rich and vibrant tones of the original yarns.  As always, our goal was to have the repaired section blend into the original and allow its owner to enjoy the piece for years to come. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Antique Soumak Repair

We recently repaired a fine antique Soumak that had several worn areas, and a hole in its center field.  The colors of this Soumak, pictured above, are exceptional.  The blue is deep and rich, the oranges, reds, and yellows are vibrant and provide a wonderful contrast.  Soumaks have no pile and are therefore ideal for warmer climates.  They feature mostly geometric and linear designs.  The Soumak above is Caucasian (sometimes referred to as a Russian Soumak even though rugs of this kind are made in the Azeri and Armenian regions).  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com