Years ago, our client purchased this hand knotted rug from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift store. It is a reproduction of an antique Indian hand knotted rug. Our client was attracted to its rich and vibrant color palette and the intricate design. As many who have hand knotted rugs can attest to, once you have a hand knotted rug as part of your decor, it becomes part of the room - as much as the floor itself. Our client had had this rug in his home and had left the rug virtually undisturbed for quite a while. He had placed a potted plant on a section of the rug and faithfully watered the plant without noticing that the water sometimes sat on the bottom of the pot, causing the rug to become wet and eventually start to mold. Pictured above and below are the sections of the water damaged hand knotted rug.
The photo above shows the mold that had begun to grow on the back side of the rug. This was all caused by watering of the plant that had rested on top of the rug.
Though it is hard to tell from the pictures, the damaged section measured approximately 10 inches. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com