Monday, March 31, 2014
As is our recommended and usual practice, the first step in our antique Turkish Tulu rug restoration was to professionally clean the rug so that the yarns used in the restoration would match the cleaned rug. The next step was to rebuild the warp, which helps to form the "backbone" of the rug. Pictured below is the reconstructed warp.
The next step was to reconstruct the weft, which with the warp will hold the Tulu "pile" in place. Pictured below is the reconstructed warp and weft.
Seen from the reverse side of the Tulu, below is another picture of the reconstructed warp and weft.
Seen from the front side of the Tulu rug, below is a picture of the reconstructed warp and weft on which we will knot the Tulu pile in the next phase of our restoration. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Turkish Tulu rugs wonderfully characterize what is so fantastic about handmade textiles. These weavings - which date back centuries - are at once modern and traditional. They can bring a touch of whimsy to a traditional decor, or bring a sense of history to more modern or contemporary spaces. Tulus have influenced a great number of weavings, including the recent shag craze of the 1960s and 1970s in this country. The antique Tulu pictured here is a typical Tulu - monochromatic and seemingly simplistic. The somewhat random texture of the front of the Tulu is what gives it its beauty.
This Tulu had several worn areas, more visibly seen from the reverse side of the kilim pictured below. After professionally cleaning the Turkish Tulu rug, we began the search for an appropriate mustard yarn to use for our restoration. We will share the next steps of the restoration in our upcoming posts. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com