Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Pictured above is the final result of our repair of the worn section of this fine antique Persian rug. After cutting down the newly knotted wool pile, the pattern revealed itself. As always, we aimed to match the colors, motifs, and knotting of the original. As a reminder, the picture below is what the area looked like before our repair. --
Monday, November 25, 2013
As we already had professionally cleaned the rug before commencing our last repair, we were able to proceed directly to removing all the compromised wool pile that had been affected by the worn areas. Because the warp and weft of the rug had not been compromised, we were able to use the existing structure for our reknotting. Pictured above is the reknotted section before we cut down the wool knots. --
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In this and the next few posts, we will highlight another area that we repaired in the same antique Persian rug about which we wrote in our last posts. After years of use, repeated foot traffic, and continued stress on the knotted pile, sometimes certain areas of handmade rugs become worn, as shown in the picture above. To minimize the risk of such wear from occurring, it is recommended that owners of handmade pieces rotate their rugs at least once every six months as people tend to follow the same traffic patterns day after day thereby causing wear to the same rug areas. Rotating rugs helps the wear distribute more evenly. In addition, rotating rugs allows any sun exposure to the rug to be more evenly distributed.
The wear on this antique Persian rug had not yet compromised the underlying warp and weft - the underlying grid-like pattern under the knotted wool pile. In our next post, we will highlight how we repaired this section. --
Monday, November 11, 2013
After cutting down the reknotted pile and recreating the compromised fringe, the final result of our antique Persian rug fringe restoration is pictured above. Note that we cut down the fringe along the edge of the entire length of the rug so that the fringe length would be uniform. This was done for aesthetic reasons only. We bound the fringe to minimize the risk of the pile unraveling. As a reminder, the picture below is what the area looked like before the restoration. In our next posts, we will highlight our restoration of other areas of this beautiful antique Persian rug. --
Sunday, November 10, 2013
We last left you with a moth infested Persian rug that had severe damage along its fringe and several areas of the pile. After we professionally cleaned the rug to rid it of moths, we extracted all loosened and compromised pile. Luckily, the warp and weft was left mostly intact as it was made of cotton and the moths left it mostly untouched. We next began reknotting the missing pile on the original warp and weft structure. The picture above shows the reknotting in mid-process. Below is a picture of the reknotted pile once it was complete, but before we cut it down to match the length of the rest of the rug. The final step was to reweave the fringe so that it would be uniform along the edge of the rug. In our next post, we will share the final result of this latest antique Persian rug restoration project. -
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Persian rugs are exquisite, timeless, beautiful, and amazingly durable works of art able to withstand generations of wear, tear, and memories. One of the only true threats to fine Persian rugs are tiny beings nearly invisible to the naked eye. What are these powerful tiny threats to fine wool Persian rugs? Moths, of course. Any collector of Persian rugs will know that preventing moth damage is key. Regular professional cleanings and avoidance of storing rugs in humid and dark places can save a collector lots of heartache. The owners of this beautiful antique Persian rug pictured above were unfortunately among the many unlucky people to find that their fine rug suffered significant moth damage that compromised various parts of the pile in the center field of the rug, as well as areas along the fringe. Pictured above is the damaged area along the fringe.
Our first task when we receive a carpet that has been damaged by moths is to professionally clean the rug so that we ensure that all signs of moth infestation are eliminated. The next step is to identify and isolate each area that has been damaged and compromised by the moth infestation. For this project, after we professionally cleaned the rug, we removed all wool yarns that were damaged and compromised to reveal the underlying cotton warp (moths definitely prefer wool over cotton). In our next posts, we will share how we approached repairing this section of the rug. Fringe repair is critical as it literally binds the rest of the rug to hold its structure in place.