Saturday, July 22, 2017

Antique Persian Rug Restoration - Final Result

Above is a photo of this beautiful antique Persian rug after our restoration.  (As a reminder, below is a photo of the area before we began our project.)  As always, we attempted to match the color and motifs of the original rug as much as possible.  A good restoration and/or repair tries not to call attention to itself.  The biggest compliment a restorer can receive is when a client needs to look extra closely to distinguish the original from the new.  Luckily, with this restoration, we were able to blend in the new yarns with the old.  With any luck, this beautiful antique rug will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Antique Persian Kerman Rug Restoration

The picture above is of our restoration of this gorgeous antique Persian rug in progress.  Luckily, most of the warp was intact so we could start reknotting fairly readily.  A challenge when restoring antique rugs is not to use yarns that are too vibrant to avoid having the restoration look years newer than the rug itself.   When this photo was taken, we had begun reknotting the floral motif in the center of the photo.  Below is a photo of the rug before we commenced our restoration as a reference point. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Antique Kerman Persian Rug Restoration

Some believe in the beauty of newness, which I admit, can be exhilarating.   Some of my happiest memories from my childhood are playing among the carpet and kilim "farms" of Anatolia where weavers laid out their newly woven goods so that the sun could mute the newly dyed colors and the smell of the fresh wool could dissipate.  The newness of all the rugs was dizzying and the beauty of the vibrant colors, I still believe,  rival that of any painting in any museum.  But the beauty of older rugs can match, and in many ways, even exceed the beauty of anything new.  Their muted, rich colors, their worn coarse texture, and evidence of lives lived combine to make some older rugs truly spectacular.   I see no reason or need to replace older rugs when they begin to show wear or their age.  Quite the contrary, I only see need to repair or restore that which is torn or worn to the point of compromising a rug's structural integrity. In my opinion, a rug's signs of age are something to be coveted and not replaced.    
This beautiful antique Kerman rug had significant tears and wear along a path where I assume generations of a family walked.  In our next posts, we will show how we extended the life of this old beauty.