Saturday, December 28, 2013

Turkish Konya Kilim Repair 2 - After

Above is the final result of our repair project on this beautiful Turkish Konya kilim.  After affixing this area to a wooden loom, we rewove the missing and compromised weft.  As always, we strove to have the new yarns match the original yarns as much as possible.  A good repair or restoration will blend into the original as much as possible and will not attract attention to itself.  This can be a particular challenge  when a piece is older and its yarns have been subjected to wonderful years of muting from sunlight or wear from kind use.   As a reminder, below is a picture of what the area looked like before our repair.  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Turkish Konya Kilim Repair 2 - Before

Above is a picture of another area of the vibrant Turkish Konya kilim that was the subject of a recent project of ours.   We had already cleaned the kilim before undertaking the repair of another section of the kilim so we needed only to affix the kilim to a wooden loom and remove all compromised fibers.  Luckily, the warp (the white horizontal threads pictured above) was intact, so we were able to use it for the foundation of our reweaving.  Matching the brown weft would be the next challenge.  --

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Turkish Konya Kilim Repair - After

After professionally cleaning the kilim, attaching the kilim to a wooden loom, removing all the compromised yarns, and sourcing a matching red yarn for the weft, we rewove the weft to complete the hands on hips motif.  The picture above is the final result of our repair of this section of this vibrant Konya kilim.  In our next post, we will share another section that we repaired in this same kilim. --

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Turkish Konya Kilim Repair - Before

The kilim pictured above is from the Konya region of Turkey.  The beautiful bright blues, greens, and reds make Konya kilims particularly vibrant pieces.  This kilim had wear in various areas, including in the "hands on hips" motif pictured above.  After we professionally cleaned the kilim, we fastened it to a temporary wooden loom.  We then removed all the compromised weft and ensured that the warp's integrity was intact.  The next step was to find matching red yarn and reweave the missing motif.  --

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Turkish Kilim Repair - Result

After professionally cleaning the kilim, we removed all the compromised warp and weft along the diagonal slit weave design.  We then rebuilt the compromised warp while sourcing yarns for the weft that would match the original kilim's colors.  We then rewove the weft while striving to maintain the beautiful varied abrash of the red colored yarn in particular (i.e., the wonderfully non-uniform red color along the diagonal).  Above is a picture of the result of our Turkish kilim repair; below is a picture of the piece before our restoration.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turkish Kilim Repair

Sometimes after years of wear and tear, kilims can start to show damage where the warp and weft have been compromised.  In the Turkish kilim above, the warp and weft along the diamond slit weave design has started to wear through.  In most areas, the warp (the white vertical strands) were still intact, but the weft (the horizontal colored yarns) were either completely missing or compromised.  When an owner or collector of kilims begins to notice this kind of damage, it is advisable to have the piece repaired or restored immediately so that further damage does not ensue.  Alternatively, we recommend the piece be removed from use until a proper repair can be done.  This way the kilim is not further subjected to the stress from normal foot traffic, or worse, the pulling or dragging from chairs.