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Old June 12th, 2018, 11:52 PM   #1
Phil Bell
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I would be interested to hear views on repairing rugs. I repair my rugs using appletons tapestry wools. I often dye, split and respin warp threads to get the right dimensions, tightness and colour as most wool is too loosely spun for warp material. The warp wool and cotton is basically anything I can find.

Appletons wool is too dull and fuzzy sometimes, the better the rug the duller tapestry wool looks on it. Does anyone have any ideas about sourcing good quality wool with the right colours.

Also I am plagued by the worry of when to repair and when to leave. You have already seen some of my rugs on the show and tell so you will know my house is no museum and most of my rugs dont have great age or special interest although I do have a fine 19th Century Jaf Kurd rug which I am working on now. Should I be repairing this? I am no master restorer but my view is that my repair will be better than the darned hole (and I dont mean darned in the mild profanity sense).
It bothers me to see selvedges leeching knots into the living room so I often do basic damage limitation repairs if I am using the rugs and in general my rugs are on the floor and in use. I think that's a good way of keeping moth at bay. They are in the light and hoovered and inspected regularly that way.

My last problem is how I can get more floorspace. I think a Mezzanine may work as I have an Edwardian house (1905) with high ceilings. It pleases me to know the rugs are of roughly the same age as does my walk to the local post box which is also from the Edwardian period.
Maybe I do live in a museum after all.

Phil
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Old June 13th, 2018, 12:40 AM   #2
Chuck Wagner
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Hi Phil,

If you haven't already got it, I wouldn't start until after reading Peter Stone's book on rug repair.

ISBN-10: 0500515212
ISBN-13: 978-0500515211

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Old June 13th, 2018, 03:39 AM   #3
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Hi Phil,

I can't add much, but I have a question. How do you manage to insert repair warps in the existing fabric? I have punctured myself in one way or another too many times. (Once is too many. ) BTW, I have obtained repair warps by unstringing fragments. Typically, South Persian or Caucasian.

I have Peter Stone's book, but I guess I haven't followed it. Too stubborn, maybe.

For the record, most of the yarns I have used came from Chatalbash in New York. My main issue was color matching. I suspect you are much more conscientious than I.

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Old June 13th, 2018, 05:25 PM   #4
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Rich/Chuck,

Yes I used to own the Peter Stone book. A collector bought it for me with the intention of me working for him many years ago. He had a wonderful collection and that is where my love of tribal rugs started. I have since lost the book in the course of a dozen house moves but I remember the principles.

I wax my warps before threading under knot loops and wefts, tie a knot and then reinsert before reaching the hole. Once the hole is crossed I loop around and reinsert under the next knot loop, rinse and repeat as they say.

There is always a danger of breaking the knot loops or wefts, which is why I sometimes reduce the size of the warp and wax it well. I use pliers to pull the needle through while holding my finger over the knot loops to lessen the chance of breakage. That is the critical point and one must assume that the needle may suddenly come out with some force so the exit path should be free. I have learnt this from painful experience.

I don't pretend to be good at this by the way, I am only ok. That is why I wonder if I should be working on older pieces.

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