Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Spilling anything on an Oriental rug can be a very stressful experience. But occasional spills are almost unavoidable, especially if you are lucky enough to enjoy Oriental rugs in a family room, living room, and, particularly, a dining room. Over the years, we have helped clients with a wide range of spills and resulting stains - juice, milk, chocolate, coffee, cleaning products, and more. Among the most challenging stains are those caused by red wine - the culprit that caused the stain in the rug pictured above.
What should you do when you spill red wine on a beloved Persian rug (or any other kind of hand made wool or silk rug)? First, and most importantly, blot up the excess liquid immediately. Use a white towel or paper towels. Do not rub. This is particularly important if the spill covers a multi-colored area. Rubbing may not only set the stain into the rug's fibers, but may also cause the rug's dyes to run. Second, lift the rug and dry the area below the rug. You do not want to allow the wine to stain the rug from behind. Third, contact a professional oriental rug cleaner immediately.
For the wine stain pictured above, we first addressed the stain though a rug stain removal process. Subsequently, we professionally cleaned the entire rug. Sometimes clients will ask if we can treat just the affected area only and forego cleaning the entire rug, but that is not possible as the cleaning of the entire rug allows the treated area to blend into the rest of the rug. Below, is a photo of the same area after our stain removal process and professional cleaning of the wine stained rug. While there is no way to guarantee complete removal of a stain as difficult as one caused by red wine, generally stain removal and a professional cleaning can greatly minimize the appearance of the stain.
As for that glass, or bottle (!), of wine that was spilled - it's too bad that there's nothing that can be done about getting it back! -www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Saturday, February 18, 2017
So to recap, here is what the rug looked like after being bitten by our client's dog.
Below is a photo that captures our rug repair mid-process while we reconstructed the warp and weft.
Next, below is a photo of what the rug looked like as we knotted the pile.
And, finally, below are photos (from the front and back) of the repaired area. Let's hope the repair isn't tasty to anyone! --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Friday, February 17, 2017
After professionally cleaning this Kazak rug, we removed all the yarns that had been damaged by our client's dog. (Of course, the dog had already achieved a bit of success in that regard.) We then rebuilt the warp and weft, the white square area shown below.
Lastly, we then reknotted the pile striving to match the new yarns to the rug's original lovely colors. The photo below shows the reknotting in progress, before we cut down the reknotted pile to the same length of the original pile. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Many of our projects have come to us thanks to hungry or rambunctious pets, especially dogs. This Caucasian rug, which had a particularly lovely color palette, was damaged along its side by its owner's dog. The selvage and a section of the pile along the border was bitten off entirely. The photos show the bitten areas from the back of the rug. In our next posts, we will share how we repaired this (delicious?) rug. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
After reconstructing the warp and weft, we reknotted the pile. Matching the yarns we use for our projects is always a challenge. Above is a photo of the repaired rug after we completed the reknotting process. Below is the repaired area as seen from the back of the rug.
As a reminder, this is what this moth damaged Moroccan rug looked like before we began our repair process. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com