Monday, August 5, 2013

Afghan Rug Repair - in progress





As our last post showed, this Afghan rug's fringe was chewed by a puppy, causing damage not only to the fringe, but also to a section of the knotted pile.


Our first step in the Afghan rug repair was to eliminate all of the damaged fibers and then rebuilding the  compromised and missing cotton warp (the white vertical strands pictured above from the backside of the rug).



Above is a picture of the recreated and extended warp affixed to a temporary wooden loom.



Next, we rebuilt the weft, the horizontal strands that complete the grid like structure pictured above.


After completing the grid like base of the warp and weft, the next step in our Afghan rug restoration was to reknot the missing pile.  Matching the yarns to the original rug was a challenge, as the colors of the rug when viewed from one side look very light, but when viewed from the opposite side, the colors seem darker.  Many rugs have a similar color variation, but this variation is much more pronounced in some Afghan rugs, such as this one.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

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