You see your normally still rug moving ever so slightly. You squint your eyes to make sure you eyes aren't deceiving you. But no, the rug is moving. More accurately, something on the rug is moving. Some things. Plural. The feeling of disgust washes over you and you somehow gather yourself together to closely examine what exactly is happening. You see tiny white caterpillar like things having a feast all over your gorgeous wool rug. Moths, you think. Moths, you google. And sure enough, your suspicions are confirmed. Moths are eating your rug. What do you do? First, don't panic. This, unfortunately, is not a rare occurrence. With any luck, you have caught the infestation early on and a simple professional cleaning will eradicate the moths and no significant restoration will be necessary. More often, you neglected to examine your rug regularly and the moths have had time to eat a few chunks of wool. You should immediately isolate your rug so that other unaffected rugs or wool textiles are not subjected to the same damage. Wrap the rug in plastic and thoroughly mop the floor on which the rug lay. Vacuum all surrounding upholstered furniture (and then empty the vacuum cleaner or change the bag). A simple solution of vinegar and water is very effective to clean floors. Next, have your moth damaged rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible. The moths will continue to eat until the rug is cleaned. Ask your professional Oriental rug cleaner if they have experience cleaning and restoring moth damaged rugs. After a thorough professional cleaning, the rug will be ready to be inspected for the full extent of the damage. Ask your restorer what your options are. Sometimes a simple repair can suffice, but other times, a full restoration is the only option.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The silk rug photographed above (which is laying on top of a green wool rug) has some significant damage to its fringes. This damage was most likely caused by aggressive vacuuming of the fringes over an extended period of time. The fringes are uneven at this point, and are tearing away from the rug itself. The binding has come undone and the knotted edge are starting to come undone as well. Repairing this fringe damage would be much easier (and less costly) to fix at this point than if one waited until the knotted areas would start to come undone (which is imminent). The first step in this kind of fringe repair is, as always, to professionally clean the rug. Then, we will cut away all damaged areas, create a uniformed edge, and newly bind the rug along the fringed edge. This repair should be enough to minimize the risk of further damage.
Kosker Traditional Rug Repair
Thursday, December 12, 2019
This gorgeous antique Turkish kilim had several worn areas mostly in its red field. Restoring this kind of kilim damage is challenging as we must strive to match the red yarns to those of the original as much as possible so as not to call too much attention to the restored areas. The kilim restoration process is greatly rewarding, however, and the final results can be very beautiful. I find the mechanics of this stage of our work highly calming and restorative -- not just to the kilim but to even myself. To see the tangible results of one's labors is intensely gratifying, and can be very rare in our fast paced world. I consider myself very fortunate that I can fill my days with these kind of antique kilim restoration projects. ---
Kosker Traditional Rug Repair