Beautiful, beautiful yarns and rug restoration

One of the most crucial aspects of achieving a successful restoration project right is sourcing the right type and color yarns.  When we undertake a restoration or repair project, we strive to match the restored area with the original rug in both the design, weaving style, and color.  This last goal - matching the color - can often be the most difficult part because a different color or shade will often make a restored area "jump out" and distract from the overall beauty and aesthetic of the rug.  For this reason, we strive to match the original color as much as possible.  While it is never a perfect match, we can often get very close.  As a restorer, therefore, I am allowed to indulge in a favorite pastime of mine which I affectionately call "yarn hunting."  My collection has a wide range of colors and textures, as well as yarns of different ages.  Sometimes, we unravel old kilims that are too damaged to restore so that we can use the yarns from the kilim in the restoration of another similarly aged kilim.  It is a challenging process, to be sure, but one that can yield  beautiful results.