When One Thing is Not Like the Others - Using Patches in Oriental Rug Repair Projects

Handmade rugs are exquisite for their harmonious blending of a disparate range of colors, motifs, and even textures.  But occasionally one comes across rugs like the one pictured above that show what happens when someone opts for the easy (and vastly inferior) fix and stitches a piece from another rug to repair what was probably a tear, hole, or similar kind of damage.  The result is jarring to the eye and immediately draws attention to itself - exactly the opposite of what you want a good Oriental rug restoration or project to produce.  In the next few posts, I will share how we restored this beautiful antique Kazakh rug and how we bid farewell to the patch for good. --

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