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.
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.
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.