Friday, June 23, 2017
I sympathize if this sounds familiar - you are away from your home for a few days and return to find that a gutter failed and your roof is now leaking; or a pipe burst and your living room is sitting in a foot of water; or your washing machine got angry and your basement flooded. Not only do you face thousands of dollars worth of repairs to your home, but also probably lose a good amount of furnishings in the process. Every year, we receive a number of calls from clients who have suffered a similar fate and are desperate to find a fix for their beloved flooded rugs. If left wet, wool can lose its shape and smell quite badly. Moreover, a wet rug can have its colors run and bleed into each other as is visible in the photo above. If left for an extended period of time in sitting water, a rug can even rot (for which there is no remedy unfortunately).
If you should ever suffer such a fate as a flooded rug, it is important to remove the rug from the wet area as soon as possible and lay it flat somewhere dry. In addition, it is best to have it professionally cleaned as soon as possible. If you are lucky, a professional cleaning will suffice to address all of the rug's problems associated with the flooding. However, sometimes it is necessary to do more than just a professional cleaning, including an additional soaking (which is ironic, but note this is a controlled soaking). A soaking may help with the odor and even sometimes the color run. Of course, if possible, avoid putting rugs in any areas you know are in danger of getting flooded. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
I would rather live in a sunlit shoebox than in a dark castle. My family and I live without curtains in most rooms just to squeeze out as much sunlight in our home as we can. I'm fortunate enough to live in a southeast facing home - an optimal position in my opinion. But as much as I relish the sunlight, I'm also acutely aware of the precautions that I have to take with my furnishings and especially my beloved rugs. When rugs are left in the same position for too long, the sun can start to fade certain areas of our rugs. Fading is somewhat inevitable, but what can be prevented is uneven fading. For this reason, on this longest day of the year, take a moment to rotate your rugs so that any fading of your rugs is as even as possible. And then, take time to enjoy the sunlight. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Saturday, June 17, 2017
After professionally cleaning this lovely kilim and ridding it of an unpleasant pet odor, we removed all weakened fibers and rewove the areas that our client's puppy tore out. Pictured above is the result of our kilim repair project. To compare, please see below the photo of what the kilim looked like when we first started our work. We hope that our clients - and all their beloved pets - will enjoy this lovely kilim for many years ahead. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Friday, June 16, 2017
Luckily, the professional cleaning of this lovely Turkish kilim removed the smell of pet urine and got it ready for the next step of our repair project. Our client's new puppy took a good chunk out of the kilim's central field and border and it was our job to recreate the beautiful weaving that was done dozens of years ago when the kilim was first made. We attached the kilim to a table loom, rebuilt the warp, and started the weft recreation as well. Matching yarns to the existing kilim is always a challenge, but luckily we were able to find just the right muted palette.
Working on kilims can be more challenging than working on hand knotted rugs because a rug's pile can conceal some of our repair or restoration imperfections. In a kilim, there is really no place to conceal any errors. All the weaving is immediately visible. I find them a joy to work on as results are immediately visible. There is something about a kilim's texture that I find immensely pleasing and I sense that many owners of kilims appreciate this feature as well. It's hard to believe that kilims were once looked down upon - even used as wrapping material for more valuable hand knotted rugs! --www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Monday, June 12, 2017
Normally, rugs and kilims provide a beautiful backdrop to our everyday busy lives. But every now and then - especially when a new family member arrives (two legged or four legged), kilims and rugs become a tasty, irresistible, and costly snack. The beautiful antique Turkish kilim pictured above was one such snack. A new puppy grabbed onto this fine kilim and didn't let go until it tore through a significant piece of the kilim's field. When undertaking this kind of kilim repair project, it is of utmost important to match the yarns so that they blend into the rest of the kilim as much as possible.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and there is a certain buzz in the air with the flowers blooming and the mosquitoes biting. Mosquitoes aren't the only things eating. This is a particularly dangerous season for all of our beloved woolen goods, especially our wool Oriental rugs. One of the questions we are most often asked is how to spot moth damage in an Oriental rug (followed by, what can I do to prevent moths from attacking my Oriental rugs in the first place?). In this post, we will share some of the ways feasting moths make themselves known.
Above is a photo of a rug pad that has become home to a large moth infestation. This can happen when a rug is not allowed to breathe separately from its rug pad for an extended period of time. The moths are the white glue-like residue on the pad. It's a good habit to occasionally separate your rug from your rug pad and vacuum both to ensure that both are cleaned (and inspected) periodically.
Sometimes the moth damage is quite evident as there will be a hole (or holes) where there was once your rug (see photo above).
Other times, you know moths are eating your rugs by the dotted appearance that your rug suddenly has as in the photo above. If you see any of your rugs get similar damage, take care to isolate your rug immediately from all other woolen goods and have your rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible.
Friday, June 9, 2017
As we shared in our last posts, the great vibrant rug pictured above was damaged by moths in several areas. We cut down the newly reknotted pile to reveal the result - above is a photo of our final product. As a reminder, below is a photo of what the area looked like when we brought it to our workshop (sorry about the flipped angle). The warp and weft were intact (as cotton isn't attractive to moths) but the wool pile was completely devoured in several sections. A reminder to all our readers - this is moth season so be sure to protect your valuable woolen goods - especially beloved Oriental rugs! --www.traditionalrugrepair.com