When It Comes To Rug Maintenance Trust A Professional
One cannot be in the business of acquiring and selling antique rugs without also coming across those great old pieces that have been used or abused and are in need of restoration.
We started this gallery with one full time weaver whose job it was to work on our own inventory pieces. As time went along, people began to bring us their own dearly loved heirlooms that were in need of a wash and often repair.
Today, in Hartford we have a 4000 sq.ft. facility adjacent to our gallery which is devoted exclusively to the care, cleaning and restoration of hand knotted carpets, both new and antique. Handmade carpets and textiles of most origins and weaves can be skillfully restored. Regularly scheduled hand washing and maintenance will add years to their life.
Prior to cleaning, all carpets are carefully inspected to determine their stability and the fastness of the dyes. Next, they are fully dusted front and back to remove all dirt which gets trapped down in the foundation of the rug, and cannot be lifted with normal vacuuming.
Following this, many stains are pre-treated and the carpets are then wet washed with a mild lanolin based shampoo and rinsed until clean. Drying takes place in a temperature controlled drying room. The facility is also equipped to block, card and groom the pile and detail the fringe ends.
Repairs which are commonly done include rewrapping of the side cording ( binding), overcasting the ends, reweaving holes and splits in the foundation, moth and other insect infestation, along with water damage and dry rot. Worn or low areas in the pile due to excessive wear can also be restored by re-knotting or kashmiring the existing foundation. In addition, some carpets can be re-dyed or sheared to eliminate sun fade.
In restoration work, not only must the actual weave closely match the original, but the wool and color must match as well. We keep large inventory of wool, collected from all over the world, both hand and machine spun.
Color is achieved by chemical, chrome based dyes or natural vegetable sources.
It is important to be consistent with the original materials, therefore, both types are stocked. In antique restoration, often old wool is re-spun into new yarn as the piece requires.
Clients regularly invited to our facility to gain a better understanding of the level of craftsmanship which is available and to see works in progress. Evaluations and costs estimates are given with the charge after thorough examination of the work required. Occasionally it is possible a preliminary idea from a photo, although the final estimate can only be made after the piece has been seen by the work room manager.