After professionally cleaning the rug, we carefully reconstructed the damaged warp and weft. The warp and weft (the grid like horizontal and vertical tan strands shown above and below) are what form the backbone of the pile. They are what the knots are attached to. Below is what the reconstructed warp and weft look like from the back of the rug.
After that step, we were ready to reknot the damaged pile. We took care to match the colors and motifs of the original rug. We believe a good restoration does not call attention to itself. The reknotted pile is shown below with the yarns still long. We will share the result of our repair in our next post.
As a reminder, this is what the damaged looked like when we received it. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com