Sunday, March 31, 2019

Antique Persian Rug Restoration

One of my favorite stages in a rug restoration project is the shearing stage when the pile has been reknotted and all that remains is to cut down the yarns so that the pattern can reveal itself.  This photo is of precisely that stage in the process of an antique Persian rug restoration.  It looks beautiful even with long yarns, but once they have been cut, we aim for the restored area to blend into the original.   Note that this kind of restoration is one in which we rebuild the warp and weft and reknot the damaged pile in the same style of the original.  This makes the restoration part of the original structure of the rug and therefore allows the restored to last as long as, if not longer than, the original rug.  When a repair is done by sewing in a patch from another rug, that is temporary at best, because the sewn edges will eventually come undone through normal wear.  A true rug restoration is one in which the new area is knotted.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Moroccan Rug Cleaning

It is no mystery as to why Moroccan rugs have been so popular for decades.  They bring an instant splash of color and texture to any space and can even bring occasional whimsy.  Note, for example, the fabulous color change in the Moroccan rug above where the field goes from black to violet.  It is unexpected and brilliant making what otherwise would be a lovely rug into a spectacular one.  Proper professional cleaning is important for all rugs, but especially for Moroccan rugs that tend to have a longer pile where dirt fibers can become embedded and are harder to reach during vacuuming.  A good cleaning practice in between professional Moroccan rug cleaning would be to turn the rug around so that the underside is on top and to vacuum the underside.  A thorough cleaning of the floor below the rug is advised as well.  --

                                   Kosker Traditional Rug Repair 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Should I Steam Clean My HandMade Oriental Rug?

Can you steam clean a Persian rug (a term which colloquially encompasses all hand knotted rugs, often used interchangeably with Oriental rug)?  Steam cleaning may be an effective way to clean many kinds of wall to wall rugs or upholstery, but it is never a recommended way to clean a Persian rug.  This is because the steam cleaning may compromise the lanolin of the wool in the rug.  Lanolin is a natural oil found in wool that  helps it maintain its lustre, pliability, and if kept intact helps preserve the wool for decades.  Steam destroys the lanolin thereby cutting the life of the rug significantly.   The proper way to professionally clean a Persian rug is to brush the rug with shampoo and a controlled amount of water.  It is important to minimize the risk of color run.  Drying must be thorough so as not to risk losing the rug's original shape.  --

                                              Kosker Traditional Rug Repair

Friday, March 1, 2019

My Rug Won't Lay Flat - What Can I Do?

Occasionally, you will come across a rug that is lovely but for the fact that it does not lie flat.  Sometimes a rug that once lay flat no longer does after a cleaning.  Is there anything to be done to make it lay flat again?  The answer is yes.  Oftentimes, a rug that can not lay flat can be made to do so by a process called blocking.  Blocking entails stretching out the wool so that the edges stop curling up and lay flat.  Blocking is generally very successful, but is not a permanent solution.  It must be repeated after every professional cleaning.  --