Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Antique rug fringe repair

As any admirer of handmade rugs will know, one can live with a handmade rug for years and still discover new beautiful details.  When we restore rugs, we try to maintain those beautiful intricacies as much as possible.  This beautiful antique rug had some fringe damage so after restoring the fringe, we bound the fringe with a chain detail as seen in the top photo.  From the back (the bottom photo), the chain detail is not as visible.  The chain detail serves to further minimize the risk of unraveling, but it is also a beautiful detail that serves to enhance the beauty of an already lovely piece.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Moroccan Kilim Restoration

Restoration has many challenges, and it certainly has many rewards.  One of the wonderful parts of my work is when I am able to restore a cherished piece that is of great sentimental value to its owner.  This beautiful Moroccan kilim was such a piece.  It had been damaged for some time, and had significant tears and holes in its beautiful blue field.  We were able to reconstruct the warp and weft and make it structurally sound again.  We hope that by restoring this Moroccan kilim rug with great care and love, it will have even more sentimental value to its owner.  Kilims like this can last for generations with minimal care and preservation.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sun Damaged Rug

We often write about how important it is to carefully inspect a rug on a regular basis, especially when the rug is under heavy furniture or under a bed where dark poorly ventilated spaces provide ideal conditions for moth damage to occur.  What we haven't warned about as often is how the sun can damage a rug that is not rotated or inspected regularly.  The rug above was left with a heavy table on top of it for an extended period of time.  Luckily for the rug owner, moths did not damage the rug, but the sunlight that hit the rug did manage to mute all the areas except for that area under the table.  The result is that now the rug looks stained and discolored.  The best way to prevent sun damage is of course is to limit exposure to sunlight through sun blocking shades and curtains.  But that is not always practical, possible, or frankly, desirable to those humans and pets that enjoy the brightness and warmth of sunlight.  For this reason, we also recommend maintaining a regular rotation schedule so that any muting of your rugs can be even and uneven muting like in that of the rug above can be avoided.