Do you have a treasured rug at home, perhaps
made by a deceased loved one, that you think is beyond repair? Perhaps
not...this is a note from one of my early restoration
"I saw your website and had new
hope for my grandmother's rug. Your restoration projects are simply
amazing. I admire your skill."..."The rug looks beautiful!
I can't tell where the damaged part used to be. I'm amazed that you
were able to restore it as quickly as you did"
Made in 1960 by her grandmother, this 6' X 9' oval braided rug was given
to my client by her grandmother when she moved into her first apartment.
Over the years, as a result of normal wear and tear and damage by a
dog, the rug looked as in the photograph on the right and was no longer
useable. The rug brought back memories of her grandmother and my client
wanted it restored so that it could once again occupy an honored place
in her home.
"Grandmother's Rug" Before
I had to replace quite a bit of the braid which was no longer useable.
It also required re-lacing many of the seams that has split over time.
This along with a good cleaning of sprouts and a shampoo really made
the rug come alive as the following photographs show.
Since this repair I've had the pleasure of
bringing happiness to many other heirloom rug owners. I think one client
expressed it best when she wrote...
"You did a beautiful job on the rug!...The
whole experience was more than just "getting the rug finished."
You transformed it into a fond rememberance of things past, a joy in
the present and a treasure for the future, through your kind and sympathetic
handling of the entire effort. I and my family are truly thankful."
Repairing old braided rugs can be very frustrating. It's like renovating
an old house...you never know what your are going to run into. But there
is no reward quite like the reaction of a client after they've had a
treasured family possession returned to them. Take
a few minutes and scroll down for "Before" & "After"
pix. Some of them are truly amazing.
If you have a rug that you would like repaired, send me an email (or
letter) describing the rug, i.e. size, shape, material, age, and a history
of the rug along with photographs showing the entire rug and closeups
of the damaged area(s). I would also like to know if the rug is laced
or sewn. (Unfortunately, I cannot repair manufactured rugs...just those
made by hand.) Based on what you send I will give you an estimate of
the repair cost. The estimates are usually fairly acurate. However I
work on an hourly basis and the actual repair could be more or less
than the estimate. There would also be shipping and handling, both ways,
unless you are close enough to deliver and/or pickup the rug yourself.
For more information please Email
These are "after"
photos of a small sample of rugs that I have repaired. Click on title to see "before" photos and