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Oriental Rug Repair Hardcover-spiral – June 1, 2010
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“A professional-quality manual”
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“There’s a lot to learn about Oriental rugs. Oriental Rug Repair has some pointers to get you started”
- The Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Peter F. Stone is an expert on oriental carpets and the author of several books. He lives in Michigan.
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Update: I bought a lot of a broad assortment of colors of Paternayan yarn on the popular auction site, constructed an adjustable frame for repairs, and got an assortment of craft needles at the local fabric store. Along with some supplies (thread scissors, needle-nosed pliers, crochet hook, etc.) already around the house, all in for probably no more than $150 or much less than the cost of a single rug repair. We have about twenty rugs scattered about the house, varying in age (very old to antique) and quality but no dogs. All are in use on the floors. Some had minor issues (knotting, foundation, overcasting, end deterioration issues) that I remedied with the aid of this book. The work is tedious, but the results are astonishing (even my wife is blown away). Found a pair of surgical mosquito forceps to be very useful but not essential. As work proceeds, one begins to appreciate the interdependence of the various structural elements of a rug. Loose or absent knots and overcasting expose the foundation to damage. Broken warps and wefts and end or edge deterioration begin to result in a gradual loosening of adjacent knots and foundation and a needless and heartbreaking descent into ruin. It is gratifying to see these lovely and cherished pieces returned to structural soundness with the investment of time and meticulousness but not much more expense. The vast majority of rugs on that same popular auction site are dogs or worn beyond salvation, but I bought a very unusual and beautiful antique Malayer for cheap. It was very far from worn out but obviously needed some rehab. After some reknotting, minor foundation repair, edge overcasting, flat-woven end restoration, and about 5 weeks of time, the carpet is now totally beautiful and structurally sound. The question is no longer can I do this but rather should I and is the final product worth my time and effort. If you appreciate rugs, this book can enable and embolden you to perform magic.
Bottom line. If you are a cleaner and you are not offering repairs then you are missing the boat (and a lot of money)
Peter Stone does a tremendous job of showing you step by step how to do all types of repairs from very simple to very complex. This is the rug repair bible for rug cleaners all over the world. Make sure you snap up this book right away.