Monday, January 30, 2017

Repairing A Moth Damaged Beni Ourain Rug - Mid Process



After professionally cleaning the moth infested Beni Ourain rug, we extracted all the damaged fibers and began the repair process.  As the photos above and below show, we first reconstructed the warp and weft, the grid-like structure upon which we could build the pile.  




Below you can see the reconstructed warp and weft from the front side of the rug.



Now the reknotting of the pile can begin.  In our next post, we will share our final result of this Beni Ourain rug repair. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Repairing a Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug - Before Pictures



Flip through any shelter magazine or turn on any HGTV show and you'll undoubtedly come across a lovely Moroccan Beni Ourain rug or two (or three, or four?).   Beni Ourain rugs - with their muted palettes and simple geometric motifs - are indeed quite lovely.  They are fantastic rugs to decorate around as they ground a space while lending a room instant texture and character.  They single-handedly give a room a sense of hygge that seems to be THE thing that everyone wants in their 2017 home.  I personally love Beni Ourain rugs and appreciate how they complement my more colorful Turkish and Persian rugs so beautifully.  The one drawback of Beni Ourain rugs is that their lovely thick pile is attractive not only to us lovers of all things beautiful, but also to moths.  A large section of this Beni Ourain rug (almost 2' x 3') was eaten by moths.  In the following posts, we will share how we restored it to its former glory.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Moth Damaged Rug - Repair Result


The first step in any project that involves addressing moth damage is to thoroughly clean the affected rug.  For this rug, after we completed the professional cleaning, we then rebuilt and reinforced any part of the warp and weft that was damaged and reknotted the damaged and compromised pile.  The photo below shows the rug as we reknotted the pile.  Note the long strands of yarn.


Finally, after reknotting the pile, we cut down the long yarns and revealed the final result, shown below.  





Sunday, January 1, 2017

When You Leave Your Home (and Rugs) For a Few Months


It's summer.  You're going to go away for a few months to relax, reenergize, restore yourself so you can navigate the vibrant city once again.  How do you prepare your winter home?  You empty your refrigerator, throw away all your trash, maybe do a good deep cleaning, and lock your windows.  Right before you leave, you take a last look around to make sure you haven't forgotten anything, lock your door, and leave hoping you will find everything just as you left it when you get back.  Most of the time, you're lucky.  But every once in a while, you come home, unpack, and after a few days, maybe even a few weeks, you start getting the sense that someone was left behind to work while you vacationed.  You might see a wayward moth flying around your closet.  Or maybe you notice a small hole in a wool sweater.  Or (and this is where we come in) you move your sofa to vacuum your rug, and you notice a patch of white where there was once your rug.   Or even worse - you move your sofa to uncover the rug that is beneath it (which is kept in a dark and confined area - a perfect place for hungry moths to eat), and you notice that there are white sticky larvae moving around your rug feasting themselves on your prized hand knotted rug as you watch in a state of disgust and disbelief.  It's disconcerting, to be sure, but it's imperative that you take action swiftly.   The first step is to immediately have your rugs (and all affected woolen products) cleaned immediately.  The next step is to assess the damage.  The picture above is a rug that suffered such a fate.  In our next posts, we will share how we cared for this lovely Turkish rug. --

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