Sunday, February 17, 2013

Turkmen Bokhara Rug Repair - in process


The first step in reknotting a hole in handknotted pile is to recreate the warp on which the pile rests.  





The warp is woven into uncompromised pile at a short distance from the hole.  The horizontal strands, pictured above, made of cotton, are the recreated warp.  


After the warp is recreated, the weft must be recreated (the vertical strands pictured above).  Together the warp and weft form a grid-like structure which will ensure that the pile, once reknotted, will last as long as the rug itself.  Note that this kind of handknotted rug repair is a very different approach from the quick-fix patching repair approach.  The patching approach involves simply patching in sections of other rugs into a hole.  Patching is a temporary fix at best because patches are only sewn into a rug, not rewoven into the pile.  .


After the warp and weft are recreated, it is time to start reknotting the pile.  The longer blue, red, and white yarn strands in the bottom right hand corner are the beginning of the knotting process.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Turkmen Bokhara Rug Repair - before pictures


One of our recent rug restoration projects was on a Turkmen Bokhara rug.  Bokhara rugs are handknotted in various regions, including in areas in Turkmenistan, Uzbekhistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Arguably, the highest quality Bokhara rugs are woven in present day Turkmenistan and Uzbekhistan.  Bokhara rugs are predominantly red in color and feature a recurring motif known as "gul," which in Turkish means "rose."  
This Bokhara rug (sometimes spelled Bukara or Bukhara) was in fine condition with only one area damaged.  The damage was caused by a household pet.  The picture above shows the damage from the front side of the rug; the picture below shows the same damaged area from the back side of the rug.  In days that follow, we will share the step-by-step process of our repair of this beautiful Bokhara rug.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com