REPAIR & RESTORE
In most Oriental rugs, the first areas that wear are the sides and edges of the rug because they get most of the traffic. We match the worn spots with over 200 colors of wool and cotton. If we do not have the exact color, we dye it with all-natural dyes. In the more complicated areas, such as the field of the rug, we do a reweave, which is complicated but well worth it to save a fine carpet.
NATURAL CLEANING BY HAND
The first thing we do is test a small area to make sure there will be no color run. We start with cold water and gradually increase the temperature. Both sides of the piece are then thoroughly vacuumed. Pet stains are the most difficult to get out, and we have to be very careful when cleaning to remove them. Once this is done we immerse the rug in warm water and scrub it with organic solvents. We moth-proof the rug with a special mixture Barry learned in Central Asia and then hang the rug in a hot room for 2 days until it’s dry. Then the rug is gently vacuumed on both sides, and finally, we leave it outside in the fresh air for one day.
FURNITURE & PILLOWS
Sometimes it’s impossible to fix a rug. We try to recycle the fragments, and the easiest way to do this is to make pillows. We also enjoy taking vintage and antique frames of furniture and using the fragments for seats, cushions, and pillows. I feel that I am passing this furniture on to the next generation and keeping some of its history. Each piece is one of a kind.