Monday, April 19, 2021

Fixing a Bad Rug Repair

In our last post, we left you with this image below of a poor and temporary repair of a lovely hand woven kilim.  

To correct this repair, we cut out the patch and extracted the yarns that were deteriorating.  We were left with a hole pictured below.

To reweave the section, we tried to find yarns that would match the lovely muted palette of yellow, black/grey, and, most significantly, the rose / mauve of the background of the kilim.  Our restored section is photographed below.  Of course, no colors can be matched perfectly, but we believe this is a pretty close match that does not call immediate attention to itself.  Perhaps more importantly, the restoration was integrated into the kilim so it will withstand the test of time.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

What Does a Bad Rug Repair or Rug Restoration Look Like?


We understand that there are times when the least costly option is the one that is right for clients.   This is why we try to offer as many alternatives as possible to clients when they come to us for restoration and repair needs.  When possible, we try to offer both restoration options - which will bring back the rug to as close to its original state as possible - and repair options, which will address the immediate problem and protect against further damage.  Restoration options will be more costly, of course, because they are more skill and time intensive.  We strive that all our options - whether they be restoration or repair options - will be long lasting and as beautiful as possible.  
We occasionally get questions about what a bad repair would look like - and the photo above is a perfect illustration of that.  Our client had had this kilim repaired fairly recently and already the repair was failing.  You can see that at the edges, the warp and weft were starting to fray and in a very short time the entire new section would pull apart from the kilim.  This is a perfect example of why going with the least expensive option can turn out to be more costly in the long run.  This client paid for a bad repair, followed by a good repair just a short time later.  In the next post, we will show you how our project turned out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Restoring an Antique Turkish Rug - Final Result


The photo above is the final result of our recent restoration project of a beautiful hand knotted Turkish rug.  As the before picture below shows, the damage to the pile was quite extensive.  The warp and weft were extremely damaged, and the pile was completely missing from an extended section.  We recreated the warp and weft and reknotted the pile in the style and manner of the original.  We took great care to match the colors to the original rug and also recreate the missing motifs and designs.  The rug is still very worn in various other sections, but the most significant damage has been restored.  This was a very fun to project to work on.