Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Moroccan Rugs - A Symphony of Color

 


When some people think of Moroccan rugs, they think of the beautifully graphic Beni Ourain rugs that have resided in gorgeous interiors for decades.  They think of plush rugs with pale backgrounds and bold sparse graphic designs.  But those monochromatic rugs are just but one kind of rugs in what is a wonderfully diverse and rich catalogue of Moroccan rugs.  There are some Moroccan rugs that blend a symphony of color into rich and exquisitely vibrant designs.  The rug above is an example of one such rug.  The designs can be equally graphic, but the color palette is anything but simple.  Colors that one would think of as clashing blend beautifully to create these stunning works of art.  And like all other beautiful hand knotted rugs - they are usable art that adorn our homes and elevate our every day.  

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Antique Turkish Kilim Cleaning


 

It is no secret to readers of this blog that kilims hold a special place in my heart.  It is not that I don't love rugs, but maybe it's because kilims have historically been underappreciated that causes me to love them so.  Their motifs can be as graphic and detailed as the finest hand knotted rugs, and their thin nature makes them perfect for hanging on a wall like the art that they truly are.  Caring for kilims is similar to caring for hand knotted rugs.  Regular vacuuming (without the beater bar), rotating and inspecting are all that is needed to keep them looking as beautiful as they can be.  Every two years or so, we recommend professional kilim cleaning.  The cleaning process, as shown above, involves soaking the piece in water, shampooing it thoroughly from the front and back, and rinsing it all the while controlling for any color run.  Equally as important, the kilim must be thoroughly dried so as to prevent any wrinkling or shape loss.  With these minimal steps, kilims can be preserved for decades, and even longer.  --

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Monday, September 14, 2020

How Can I Tell if My Rug Has Moths?

 






One of the most common questions we receive is what moth infestation on an Oriental rug looks like.  Sometimes worried clients point to a small speck of dust worried that it could be a sign that their beloved wool rug is under attack by moths.  But more often, it is undeniable when a beautiful wool rug is being devoured by voracious moths.  Sometimes the evidence will be glue like white strings as in the first top photo.  Other times, dark black specks resembling dirt are the obvious evidence.  Regardless of how one can identify a moth infestation, the most important step to take is to isolate the rug and have it professionally cleaned as soon as possible.  Only through a professional rug cleaning can moths be eliminated.   If the rug has a rug pad, that should be discarded and a replacement should be ordered.  The floor beneath the rug should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  Lastly, any wool products in the home should be examined carefully for any signs of moth infestation.  With quick action, a wool rug can be saved and restored for future years of enjoyment.  Any delay just gives hungry moths time to continue their work destroying beautiful wool rugs. --


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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Antique Kazakh Rug Restoration

 


Kazakh rugs are among my favorites.  Their bold geometric motifs make such a strong statement in any space, and the muted colors found in antique Kazakhs are rich, warm, and beautiful.  For this reason, I love working on restoring antique Kazakh rugs.  This rug above had some worn sections after a century or so of love and wear.  We first professionally cleaned the rug, and then removed all compromised fibers.  Next, we rebuilt the warp and began reknotting the missing pile and weft.  Restoration projects such as these can take months, but they are well worth it.  They can bring back a beloved piece for another century or so.  And it's an honor to think about the original weaver of the rug and to imagine all that the rug has witnessed in its century of adorning a family's home. 

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