Thursday, March 17, 2011
Repairing and fixing worn edges of a carpet is significantly easier if the carpet's fringes are still intact. The carpet above has a common form of fringe damage - notice how much shorter the fringes are on the right side of the picture compared to the left side. In situations like these, I always recommend clients to have a professional restorer bind the fringes so as to prevent the actual pile from being damaged. Repairing fringes and binding fringes is much easier (and therefore less time consuming, and less expensive) than having to repair holes along the edges of the carpet pile. I'm not sure what exactly caused the fringes of this carpet to become so shortened - I suspect that perhaps a careless vacuum cleaning may have been the culprit. But sometimes it's just time and normal wear and tear that lead to damaged and missing fringes. Regardless of the cause, if you notice that your rug's fringes are very short in one area and dangerously close to leaving an edge almost fringe-less, take your piece to a restorer who can help you prevent further damage to your handmade carpet.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Repairing this wonderful hand-hooked rug was a great and fun challenge. The beautiful abrash (variations in color) and texture of the yarns used to make the hand hooked carpet made this a fantastic repair project to work on. We tried to keep the repair consistent with the original rug by using yarns that had varying levels of color saturation (see, for example, the original rug's black background where the abrash is clearly evident). A great project to work on! Here are the after and before pictures of this hand hooked rug repair.--www.traditionalrugrepair.com