I recently got the following email: "Hi Marge; I have an
8' round picture rug beautifully made by my Aunt Gladys perhaps 30 years
ago. It is in great shape. It has a rose hooked rug in the center. The
problem is that the rug cannot be reversed because there is no hooked
rug on the other side as your rugs have. I would like you to either
turn the rose to the other side so that I can use the less faded side
of the rug, or put another hooked rug on the back...Lisa"
Lisa was right. When I received the rug it was in beautiful shape
except with an unforseen problem with the hooked portion of her Aunt's
rug. The brownish backing to which she attached the wool had deteriorated
badly and it was only a matter of time before the hooked rug would start
to unravel. There were already a few brown threads peaking through.
When I took off the backing, I used a special liquid rubber backing
made for hooked rugs and applied it to both hooked rug backs. Then to
be sure they were stable, I glued them together in selected spots. This
made the aunt's rug stiffer and less likely to have problems in the
future...and Lisa, you now have a reversible picture rug!