Saturday, December 29, 2012

Silk rug cleaning and strength


Contrary to popular perceptions, silk is not a delicate material.  In fact, silk rugs are very durable and can withstand much of what a home can bring it.  Professional silk rug cleaning, however, does present numerous challenges.  Many silk rugs are prone to dye run, that is, the colors of a silk rug may bleed into adjacent colors thereby ruining the beautiful intricate motifs common in silk rugs.  It is therefore imperative that a professional rug cleaning begin with a spot check to test the color-fastness of the dyes.  While this will not eliminate the risk of color run altogether, it will certainly minimize the risk.  With the proper care and occasional professional cleaning, silk rugs, like wool rugs, can last for generations.  The fineness of the silk fibers belie the fact that silk is undoubtedly a strong material, beautiful in its durability and seemingly delicate nature.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Persian kilim restoration - in process and final result




We left you with a "before" - actually a "just started" picture of a recent Persian kilim repair we did.  
                                                                           

We first recreated the warp which acts as the "backbone" of the kilim.


Next, as shown in the picture above, we started reweaving the weft and recreating the motifs as they once were - note the completion of the star motif outlined in blue.



And, lastly, above is a picture of the completed repair.  We always strive to blend in the repaired or restored area to the original kilim as much as possible.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Restoring a Persian Kilim


This lovely Persian kilim was in great need of repair to various damaged areas, including to a hole in the center field of the kilim.  The picture above shows the missing warp and weft of a section of the kilim just as we started restoring the missing warp (see the white horizontal threads right beneath the hole).  As you can see in the picture, reweaving the section required finishing the orange motif as well as the beige motif and outlining each with blue.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nepalese silk rug repair - Final Result



Our silk rug repair required us to first rebuild the warp to replace the missing corner section.  We then reknotted and rebuilt the weft.  We used silk to match the original materials used.  Working with silk is always a challenge - not only because of the intrinsic fineness of the material, but also because silk - and therefore silk rugs - have a tendency to reflect light in a particular way.  Our goal was to ensure that the our newly knotted section reflected light consistent with the original rug.  Below is a picture of our completed silk rug repair. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com




Monday, December 3, 2012

Nepalese silk rug repair

The silk rug pictured below was handknotted in Nepal.  It is a modern piece suitable to many tastes, including that of puppies which apparently took a bite out of the corner as seen below.


Below is an image of the missing and damaged corner of this silk Nepalese rug.  The repair project included reknotting the missing areas, replacing the missing warp and weft, and binding the selvage and fringes.  

The silk rug is monochromatic, although as with all silk rugs, the colors look different depending on whether you view the rug along the pile or against it.  Stay tuned for the results of our Nepalese silk rug repair. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Antique Persian Rug Restoration - Final Result


In an earlier post, we shared images of a beautiful antique Persian rug that was in desperate need of restoration.  As shown above, the rug had been cut in half and had to be joined and reknotted in various different areas.  In addition, the edges had to be reinforced to prevent unraveling or further damage to the rug.


Here is a picture of the joined pieces after we reknotted all of the compromised areas.  Below is a picture of the restored Persian rug.



Below, is a close up of the area where the rug had been cut in two.  As with all of our professional rug restoration work, we hope the result is that our client will enjoy this beautiful Persian carpet for many years to come.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com