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Antique white colour Tekke Turkmen carpet

Antique Tekke Turkmen rug after restoration.

Antique Tekke Turkmen carpet in white colour: Of various tribes who have been involved with carpet making in South and Southwest of Turkestan, the name of Tekke always stands out. Almost all of the Tekke Bokhara rugs are based on so-called elephant Foot or Gul design, in which incidentally seen in the majority of Afghan rugs. The unique feature of original Tekke rugs is that their colours are not uniform. They are innumerable shades of the same colour, known as Abrash. This is a feature of natural dyes which gives liveliness to the rug and cannot be obtained in machine spun yarns. Most Tekke rugs are made of deep blood red colours. These colours normally reflect the surroundings the dwellers live in and the harsh conditions in which they are subjected to. However, occasionally there are few pieces made, which have defied this philosophy. The white Tekke Turkmen rugs belonging to the early and mid 19th century are rare and almost impossible to source. That is why the discovery of these rugs even if in poor conditions can still create huge excitement.

Of course, a dilemma remains whether, it worth to restore these rugs, or just accept their used conditions. In my humble opinion, it all depend on, how passionate we are about restoring these rugs and what is our ultimate goal. Many other questions can also be asked, like the cost of restoration or even if they can fully be repaired. In order to remove any ambiguities with regards to these questions, let look at below images belonging to a lovely Tekke Turkmen room size carpet in white field sourced from vintage home in Scotland. The images before and after restoration showing an incredible transformation.

Before Restoration:

Tekke Turkmen white carpet made circa 1880 with faded field and worn areas holes and stains before restoration.
Antique Tekke Turkmen carpet made circa 1880 demonstrates faded field and worn areas including holes and stains just before restoration.
End kilims worn off with tears as well as tatty pile.
Tekke Turkmen carpet with its end kilims worn off with torn fringes.
Visible holes like the one in the photo with many stains.
Above image shows visible hole areas of old stains and extensive wears into the Gul motifs.
Areas of heavy wear with the white field became faded and look dull.
Areas of heavy wear with the white field became faded and look dull.
End Kilims and fringes subjected to years of usage with many tears and stains.
End Kilims and fringes subjected to years of usage with tears and stains.

After Restoration:

after restoration only few localised wear and stains remaining.
after the restoration, this antique tekke Turkmen carpet has only a few localised wear and stains.
Process of re-piling as well as restoring parts with the identical wools.
the Process of re-piling as well as restoring parts with the identical wools.
Tatty and torn end Kilims replaced with new fringes woven with both ends secured.
Tatty and torn end Kilims replaced with new fringes woven with both ends secured.
The original colours have returned in this splendid antique white tekke turkmen rug.
The original colours have returned in this splendid antique Tekke Turkmen carpet.
Restoration of field and retuning the vibrant colours.
Restoration of field and return to the vibrant colours.

The important aspect of restoring antique rugs is that during restoration many discoveries are found. For example, how texture and the weave in this Turkmen are different from other Tekke rugs. It seemed its foundation was heavier. Even the original wool felt slightly coarser but the overall weave still fine with high density. Both red and white colours look deeper and more antique looking than other Tekke Turkmen rugs.

Above discoveries show, how fascinating and unique these tribal rugs are. As such it would be a shame to not bring back their true identity by having them professionally restored.

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Rug Restoration does worth headache

Breath-taking and vibrant colours after restoration.

Rug Restoration does worth headache. An old oriental handmade rug can lose its charm and splendid look due to years of negligence. That is why, restoring antique carpets can be rewarding in both investment and pleasure. However, it is important to remember that restoring rare carpets, in particular those made in city workshops, is not always easy and at times can be extremely costly and time consuming. Finding a professional repairer who can restore unique and fine old pieces is no easy task either. The notion is that almost majority of them chose this career path more for money than passion. Especially with finer handmade rugs, it is difficult to manage high expectations. Nevertheless, by using identical wools or silks materials, the correct cleaning and washing process and a skilful and passionate professional, it is possible to bring about a dull and worn rug back to its past glory.

As a Prime example we refer to this beautiful and charming antique Persian silk and wool Qum carpet that had been forgotten for many years! Even though it seemed not in the best condition, its beauty, detailed field and eye-catching colours were enough to convince any carpet lover of its glorious past.

Years of negligence: It is easy to ignore a plea of vibrant and fine rug by subjecting it to various unwarranted damages. An unfair mis-treatment such as; staining, soiling, wear and losing colours as result of too much light highlighted on images below were only few mentioned in which this rug was subjected to.

Picture 1 shows the rug with its dull and faded colours as well as the areas of staining.
Picture 1 shows the rug with its dull and faded colours as well as the areas of staining.
Picture 2 shows the corner of the rug where areas of excessive wear in the floral motifs were present. The outer ends of the fringes were also worn away, with frayed ends and stress.
Picture 2 shows the corner of the rug where areas of excessive wear in the floral motifs were present. The outer ends of the fringes were also worn away, with frayed ends and stress.
Picture 3 shows the centre of rug where the main central medallion lies. Again, excessive areas of fraying and wear can be seen, with lines of threads popping out of the foundation due to scratching. The beautiful, rich, pink colours are faded.
Picture 3 shows the centre of rug where the main central medallion lies. Again, excessive areas of fraying and wear can be seen, with lines of threads popping out of the foundation due to scratching. The beautiful, rich, pink colours are faded.
Picture 5 shows the worn and tatty fringes, which were help in tact by fabric tape, and was sewn onto the back of the rug.
Picture 4 shows the worn and tatty fringes, which were helped in tact by fabric tape, and was sewn onto the back of the rug.

Restoration headaches: Before we commit to restoring a rug with many defects, we need to ask ourselves two simple questions:

a- Is it worth the headache?

b- Is it affordable?

Repairing a vintage rug, even an antique one, isn’t always worthwhile. The aim should be try not to be a saviour of all neglected rugs. Nor it is possible to spend vast amounts of money to return every rug to its original condition, so it is crucial to judge every rug on its merits.

After restoration: The below images taken after restoration from the identical damaged areas, do show an incredible transformation. Return of vibrant colours, removal of stains, re-piling of areas of wear and fringes. This carpet no longer is ashamed of its dull looks and is now proudly showing off its splendid present in arrays of colours.

Picture 5 shows the exact same corner of the rug as Picture 2. The transformation from excessive wear into localised wear becomes evident. Also, by repairing the frayed ends, the carpet has a newer and more different look.
Picture 5 shows the exact same corner of the rug as Picture 2. The transformation from excessive wear into localised wear becomes evident. Also, by repairing the frayed ends, the carpet has a newer and more vibrant look.
Picture 6 shows the centre of the rug. The beautiful rich pink colours have returned with silk motifs showing off their white, sparkling accents.
Picture 6 shows the centre of the rug. The beautiful rich pink colours have returned with silk motifs showing off their white, sparkling accents.
Picture 7 shows incredible work done to eradicate visible defects. The project was centred on this.
Picture 7 shows incredible work done to eradicate visible defects. The project was centred on this.
Picture 8 shows the back of the carpet, where the fringes were re-woven and the tape was removed to give the carpet a more alluring look.
Picture 8 shows the back of the carpet, where the fringes were re-woven and the tape was removed to give the carpet a more alluring look.

Conclusion: Without a shadow of a doubt, restoring fine antique oriental carpet like above example is definitely worth considering. However, it is important to keep in mind that sometimes, such complex and time consuming novelty like this would not go as planned, due to many factors explained above. But one thing is for sure, and that is with good care and responsible owners, this carpet and others like it can be proudly serve the next few generations with delight.

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antique Persian large carpet Restoration

Antique Persian large carpet Restoration : This country home antique Persian Heriz large Carpet reminds us of its rich heritage and profound history. Measuring 19’9″x11′ and made around the early 20th century, it presents a cultural reference between East and West, but like many rugs made around the same period subjected to years of negligence and over usage. Even though toughly made, rugs like many other objects need to be cherished and looked after, so they can remain vibrant and lively. Obviously, rugs are used for different purposes, for example silk or finely woven rugs only use as a showcase, others mainly use for occupying an area of the house to withhold heavy footfall or traffic. Apart from normal wear due to the years of usage, other elements such as pet’s soiling, food and drink spillages or moth damage can also destroy any rug no matter how strong and durable they may be. All said for the carpet lovers like myself, It is always a pleasure to restore beautiful and splendid carpets like this one back to its old glory. In order to ensure rugs similar to this serve their future owners like they did with passed generations, we need to look after them. Different rugs are suitable for certain areas in the home, and there are few basic principles, which should always be applied. For example we need to avoid placing houseplants on a rug as the humidity needed by plants often causes mildew, or avoid placing a rug in full sunlight, as the colours will fade. Occasional cleaning should be all you need to do. Unfortunately, over the years, I have seen many of these beautiful antique rugs damaged beyond repair. On the positive note, I am delighted to be able to bring new life to this fantastic over size rug even though the cost of work done was not cheap.

Before Restoration:

A glorious large country home carpet subjected to years of negligence.
A glorious large country home carpet subjected to years of negligence.
Patches of wear around the centre of the carpet.
Patches of wear around the centre of the carpet.
Areas of pet soiling and further wear.
Areas of pet soiling and further wear.
End fringes worn with end bits missing.
End fringes worn with end bits missing.

 

 

 

Patches of wear around the centre of the carpet.
Patches of wear around the centre of the carpet.

 

 

 

 

Restoration of worn areas.
Restoration of worn areas.

 

After Restoration

First step was to professionally clean and wash the carpet in order to remove residues and any staining by using deep brushes and mixture of special detergent and jet washed water.
First step was to professionally clean and wash the carpet in order to remove residues and any staining by using deep brushes and mixture of special detergent and jet washed water.
Return of Vibrant colours and its decorative look.
Return of Vibrant colours and its decorative look.
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