Friday, February 21, 2020

Kilim Restoration - Before



There are some people who are afraid to buy kilims because they feel that they will not be as durable as other types of rugs.  The truth is that with proper care, kilims can last for generations.  Kilims can add a wonderful graphic element to a space and can ground an area with a wide range of colors, textures, and motifs. 
Restoring kilims is a challenge because it is difficult to "hide" any inconsistencies or errors in the reweaving.  But, I personally find kilim restoration to be wonderfully satisfying as the results of a restoration are immediately visible as there is no pile to be cut down.  Therefore, the fruits of a restorer's labors are immediately apparent.  The kilim above had several worn areas, but the warp was mostly intact.  It is a lovely semi antique Turkish kilim with vibrant orange, black, ivory, and pink colors.  In the following posts, we will share more about this recent kilim restoration project.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com 
                                                     
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                                            353 West 48th street, New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Caring for Kilims - Cleaning



Some people think kilims only have geometric motifs, but kilims can be remarkably versatile as the kilim above shows.  Though floral motifs are usually associated with hand knotted Oriental rugs, this beautiful Moldovan kilim has a fantastic floral border and center field.  I find these kinds of kilims almost fun, and can lend a room a very dynamic and vibrant feel.
Caring for kilims is similar as caring for rugs.  It is important that a kilim is regularly vacuumed though without the use of a beater bar.  A kilim should be rotated every six months or so so that any wear or muting by the sun is evenly distributed.  In addition, it is good practice to have a kilim professionally cleaned every two years.  With these minimal steps, a kilim can last just as long as a handknotted rug, which is as long as a few generations.  ---


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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Oushak Rug Repair - After a/k/a Final Result


Pictured above is the final result (or the "after") of our recent Oushak rug repair project.  This is a zoomed in photograph but you can see that we tried to match the light pastel shades of the original Oushak rug.  To review, the photos below show the longer yarns we used to reknot the damaged pile, the reconstructed warp, and the last photo is the "before" of what the damage looked like before we started our Oushak rug repair project.  Please note that the bottom two photos are of the back of the rug while the first photos are of the front of the rug.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com