Thursday, July 18, 2019

When a Cat Claws at an Oriental Rug

Good quality Oriental rugs can withstand centuries of daily wear and generations of children, grown ups, and pets.  Occasionally, however, it is sometimes inevitable that a rug is damaged if it lived upon for an extended period of time.  A great advantage of hand knotted rugs is that they can be repaired and restored.  Indeed, it is hard for a family member - two legged or four legged - to irreversibly damage a rug.
The photo above is of a beautiful Oushak that was damaged by a family pet that consistently pulled at the knots of the rug.  The white spots that resemble pilling on a wool sweater are the result of the cat's clawing over what I assume was a significant period of time.  Luckily, we can repair this kind of damage by shearing down the pulled knots.  Once repaired, the white spots will no longer be visible.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Turkish Kilim Restoration

We recently restored this lovely Turkish kilim, which was made using a slit weave design.  The kilim is absolutely beautiful constructed entirely of warm shades of brown and beige yarns.  The warp was mostly intact so the focus of our restoration was mostly on finding the right yarns for the missing and damaged weft.  One of the most gratifying aspects of working on kilims is that the result of our work is immediately visible - there is no need to shear down yarns in order to see if our work is as we desired.  The photo above shows us restoring a damaged tent motif.  After our restoration is complete, the owner of this beautiful Turkish kilim should be able to enjoy it for many years to come with just a minimal amount of periodic care and maintenance.