Friday, May 13, 2016

Isfahan Rug Project - Moth Damage and Damaged Fringe Repaired - Final Result

At the beginning of any restoration or repair project, we always professionally clean the rug.  This cleaning is especially critical when a rug has been damaged by moths as we try to be sure that any live infestation is eradicated.   It is often the case that the full damage inflicted by moths is not clear until after a professional cleaning is done.  After cleaning the rug, we then removed all compromised yarns (sometimes as easily by tugging at them as moths have already loosened them).  We then reknotted the missing pile and reconstructed the missing and damaged warp and weft.  Next, we bound the reconstructed fringe so as to minimize the risk of any future unraveling.  Below are additional pictures of our latest Isfahan rug repair project.

As a reminder, below are before photos of the damaged rug taken before our repair project. --

Friday, May 6, 2016

Isfahan Rug Repair - Damaged Fringe and Moth Infestation

This beautiful silk and wool Isfahan rug fell prey to two of the most common problems that plague our hand knotted rugs - fraying edges and fringes, and moth damage.  A rug often is most vulnerable at its edges, especially the fringed edges.  Aggressive vacuuming, dragging of furniture across the edges, or energetic pets or children who pull on the fringes can damage the fringes and eventually the pile itself (which is protected by the fringes).  Moth damage most often occurs when rugs are placed in storage or when sections of a rug are placed under heavy furniture for a prolonged period of time without regular cleaning.  In the photos above and below, one can see the moth damage in the red knotted pile that looks to be partly eaten.  Our restoration of this silk and wool Isfahan rug addressed both the wool pile that was eaten by moths and the damaged and missing fringe. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Afghan Kilim Chewed by Puppy - Final Result

After cleaning the kilim, reconstructing the warp, and reweaving the weft, we finally completed repairing this lovely Afghan kilim that was damaged by a ravenous dog.  Unfortunately, the photo above of the result of our repair is a bit overexposed, but we hope you can see that we tried to blend in the repaired section into the original kilim as much as possible.