Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Restored Kilim - Back at Home



I recently returned a kilim I restored to its owners.  The kilim restoration was quite a big project - just one area took me an entire week to finish (and was the subject of a few blog entries).  My clients were very pleased and agreed that I could share with you the final results of the kilim restoration.  It's a very nice kilim and should be ready for the family to use and enjoy for at least a couple more generations.  This is just one of the reasons that I love rugs and kilims - there's nothing disposable about them.   It's rare these days to have anything that's made to last longer than us, don't you think?  -- www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

How to Avoid Costly Rug Repair Due to Moth Damage

As I wrote a few entries ago, one of the most common reasons my clients send me their rugs for rug repair or rug restoration is because of tiny moth larvae that love nothing more than to devour the tasty woolen knots of your valued rugs.  Here are pictures to illustrate areas of rugs eaten by moth larvae - notice how the moths concentrate their eating to discrete areas, and sometimes, even discrete colors.  Also, notice how the cotton warp and weft are left intact - moths aren't interested in eating cotton - they only have a taste for your woolen knots.   While there is no way to completely safeguard again moth damage to your rugs or kilims, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk.  This includes (1) never to store soiled or dirty rugs; always have your rugs cleaned before putting them away in storage; (2) never store your rugs in plastic bags or in dark and humid locations; always store them in ventilated areas (ie, no dark closet); and (3) always give your rugs the chance to "breathe" - so if you have a rug under some big heavy furniture for most of the time, every once in a while, let the rug air out and check for moth damage.  Taking these precautions can help you avoid costly rug repairs and some stressful discoveries.  If you suspect that your rug or kilim has been damaged or is being damaged by moths, separate the rug or kilim in question from your other rugs, kilims, or other woolen products; open it completely in a dry clean place where it can be exposed to cross-ventilation and lots of sun; and send it immediately to a professional rug cleaner.  -- www.traditionalrugrepair.com


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Color Run in an Oriental Carpet - help!

My Oriental Carpet was damaged in a flood - can it be saved?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from worried clients that have the unfortunate experience of having rugs damaged in a flood.  One of the worst things that can happen to a rug is to leave it sitting in water - which is by definition what a flood entails.   One of the biggest problems for a rug in a flood is that quite often, the colors in the rug will run and colors will bleed into each other.  The pictures illustrate this problem.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rug Cleaning and Spring

If you're like me, you are absolutely thrilled that spring has arrived.  And if you're like me, you're not so absolutely thrilled that spring cleaning time has arrived!  Today, I'd like to share a tip for how to keep just one "spring cleaning" item off your list.  If you take some small but important steps throughout the year, you can avoid having to send your handmade rugs or kilims to a professional cleaner for several years.  If you consistently follow this advice, you can go quite a long time between professional rug cleanings.   First, you should vacuum your handmade rugs and kilims regularly to dislodge dirt particles that settle between the fibers.  Second, you should remember to occasionally vacuum the backside of your rug or kilim (if no loose yarns are present).  Please note, however, that it is never advisable to vacuum anything fragile; and never vacuum delicate embroidery or rug and kilim fringes.   Even better than vacuuming is the old fashioned but very reliable hand beating and/or shaking - a great stress reliever and workout too!  If you vacuum your carpets regularly, and you take care not too walk on your carpets with very dirty shoes (or if you're really committed, take care not to walk on your carpets with any shoes at all!), you can go years in between professional carpet cleaning.  It's a way to preserve your pieces, save some money, and avoid yet something else to worry about during spring cleaning time!  - www.traditionalrugrepair.com