Monday, June 27, 2016

Worn Persian Rug Repair - Result

After professionally cleaning the rug and removing all compromised fibers, we were able to assess the complete extent of the wear and damage of this fine Persian rug.  We reconstructed the missing pile striving to match the colors of the original rug's yarns and motifs.  Above is a photo of the restored rug.  
We have heard from some clients in the past that they actually favor the worn look, and we can definitely see the appeal.  However, some wear, while aesthetically pleasing, might compromise the stability of the rug and allow for too much loss of the rug's original weaving.  In these instances, it is always best to restore the rug to stabilize it and to ensure that it can be enjoyed for decades to come.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Restoring a Worn Persian Rug

After decades of steadfast service to its owners, this fine Persian rug had begun to show its age when it made its way into our workroom.  The white worn sections marked areas where the warp began to show through after sections of the pile, and therefore the rug's motifs, had succumbed to years of foot traffic and, we hope, fun family chaos.  As with nearly all of our projects, we first carefully professionally washed the rug to remove all the dirt embedded in the fibers and to have a clean palette  for our restoration project.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Store Your Oriental Rugs

Many of the restoration projects that come our way are caused by improper storage of rugs and kilims.  Often, a little care taken before placing rugs in storage can go a long way to help preserve them and fight off the most threatening of creatures for a rug - the hungry moth.  At the outset, though, it must be said that the best way to store a rug is not to store it at all.  That is, a rug often is best cared for when it is used out in the open where it can benefit from mild sunlight and cross ventilation.  But if storing a rug is absolutely necessary, there are important steps that should be taken.  First, have your rug or kilim professionally cleaned.  A clean rug is not as appetizing to moths as a dirty rug.  Second, store your rug away from all other soiled woolen projects, including other rugs if possible.  Third, do not store a rug in a plastic wrapping of any kind.  If you must wrap your rug, use a cotton blanket that allows the rug to breathe.  Or, if possible, store your rug without any wrapping at all.  Fourth, store your rug in a well ventilated space that receives some sunlight.  If possible, use a cedar closet or cedar planks to help minimize moth damage.  Lastly, be diligent about periodically examining your rugs in storage.  Every few months, take the rugs out to let them breathe and conduct a thorough inspection for any signs of moth damage.  If you spot any signs, have the rug cleaned immediately before further damage is done.  Following these simple steps will help you provide a safe storage environment for your rugs and kilims.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mexican Kilim Repair - Final Result

Above is the final result of our Mexican kilim fringe repair.  As we detailed in our last post, we first professionally cleaned the kilim, then removed all compromised fibers, rebuilt the fringes (warp), reconstructed the damaged weft, and bound the fringe in the style of the rest of the undamaged fringe. If you look closely at the photo above, you may note that there is a slight difference between the red yarn we used in our repair of the weft right above the fringe and the red yarn of the original, but with time even this slight difference will dissipate.  Below, as a reminder, is what the kilim looked like before we started our repair project. --

Mexican Kilim Repair - In Process

After professionally cleaning the Mexican kilim and proceeding to eliminate all compromised fibers along the fringed edge, we began to rebuild the damaged fringe.  The white vertical cotton strands in the next photos show the reconstructed fringe (which, in essence is the repaired warp).   Our next step will be to bind the repaired fringe to minimize the risk of unraveling and reconstruct all compromised weft. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mexican Kilim Cleaning and Repair

Mexican and other Central and South American kilims and blankets are beautiful for their vibrant color combinations and fine quality weaving.  They are also subject to the same weaknesses as to their Middle Eastern and Asian counterparts, namely fringe damage.  The beautiful Mexican kilim pictured above had fringe damage that was beginning to extend into the field of the kilim.  We first professional cleaned the kilim and then removed all the compromised fibers along the fringed edge.  Our next step was to rebuild the damaged fringe and bind it to minimize the risk of future unraveling.