I received an email from a lady that lived in the
Washington D.C. area who had a 10' X 15' braided rug that was made by
her father 40 years before. Her dad was 47 when he braided the rug and
he passed away in 1975. The rug had been in storage for 8 years and
she wanted it repaired so that she could use it in her home and also
have it as a rememberance of her father. She planned to visit a relative
in the area and wanted to bring the rug up so that I could look at it.
The rug was in bad shape. The first thing we decided to do was to
reduce the size of the rug to 9' X 14' so that we would have the material
to make repairs. The reverse side of the rug was in better shape than
the "right" side so we decided to use it as the "right"
side. This made the project more difficult for me because everything
had to be done in reverse...the lacing, the butting, the tapering...but
it was our only alternative.
Below is the pictorial story of the project. When it was finished
I had a tremendous feeling of accomplishment that I was able to restore
a badly worn 40 year old rug to usefulness and to bring happiness to
my client who now had her heirloom..."Dad's Rug".. in her
home where she could enjoy it every day.