Rug Restoration and Repairs
At J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery we have master weavers on staff to make sure your handmade Oriental rugs receive the best possible care and attention. Skillful knotting technique and fine color matching are elements critical to an expert restoration. We also pay attention to whether your rug was made with hand spun or machine spun wool. We see the difference and you will too. If your fine rug has suffered from sun fade, water damage, animal stains or just basic wear and tear, we can help.
Each client receives our personalized professional service. Our pick up and delivery service is available; most often free of charge.
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Carpet repair Over-Casting involves securing a rug on the ends where the fringes are located. This prevents future damage or loss of the ends. There are two specific types of carpet repair over-casting. A loop over-cast and a square-cast. Both are equally effective, the only difference is the appearance.
Genji is another form of securing the ends that allows adding a bit more closure to the end with color. It’s just a more attractive way of securing the ends.
Binding protects and closes the sides of a carpet. Rug repair binding is needed to ensure that the rug doesn’t unravel. Intact binding is important; if the border is damaged, the rug is in danger of future, more extensive damage. Sometimes multi-colored borders can be found in antique Caucasus carpets but borders typically are one solid color.
Patching involves taking a fragment of a rug with similar colors and customizing the piece to the hole, making sure it’s secured tightly. Patching is done for two reasons. First, rug repair costs can outweigh the value of a rug. Second, the client can’t afford to fix the carpet but needs something to secure the hole to prevent further damage.
Reweaving involves building a foundation for the wool to be tied onto. There are different types of foundations depending on the type of rug.
To re-pile, we put wool back into the carpet along with design/pattern already encompassed in the rug once we have the foundation built. There are several different reasons for re-piling a carpet. Moths can eat away at wool and holes can be created from dry-rot, animals or constant wear.
Artificial fringe is a replacement of real fringe that has been worn down. We use the artificial fringe to cover and protect the old fringe and to make the rug appear < newer. It helps to cover up worn areas and old dirty fringe that can no longer be cleaned. It’s an alternative to actually reweaving the fringe.
Dyeing a carpet involves mixing numerous amounts of dyes to match the carpet’s original color. We dye carpets only if the rug repair is beyond the re-piling. Some foundations are too brittle to tie knots onto, so we paint the foundation instead. This is a rare technique, but some old antique pieces require this type of attention.
Shearing a carpet is when we cut the tips of a carpet to an even level. Carpets over time tend to have traffic patterns worn into them. This makes them shaggy in some areas and worn in others. Shearing a carpet will even out the pile and clean up drawings that weren’t as definitive as they used to be.
Kashmir, a form of weaving, involves looping wool onto the foundation of carpets rather than tying knots. This process is mainly used on old pieces that are worn down and with nothing left but the knots. Kashmir weave gives you that flat knot look.
Sometimes carpet repair is not possible. There are old carpets that have lived out their life. We rescue the pieces of those carpets that are healthy and make pillows out of them. They are great accent pieces for almost any room.