Sometimes you have to say NO!
I have a long history of telling my clients when to, or not to, restore grandma's rug.
Recently I was asked to stop by and take a look at a fairly new Pakistan Peshiwar rug. Peshiwar's have been very much in vogue for a good 15 years now, and at first when it was unrolled ( it was a 10 X 14) the palette of the browns and golds was very attractive. Then... came the problem, or problems! Throughout the rug, a cat or two decided to use that rug as a claw sharpener! Throughout the entire rug, yarns were pulled up. To have it first cleaned and then sheared down throughout would have been as much or more than going out and just getting a new rug. There was also no guarantee I could give her that it would look like it did when brand new. So, I told her to pass on this.
This has been the story of my career. I do not have a " poker face" and when I feel that something is not worth the investment, whether a new piece of carpeting, a new hand-knotted rug, or something found at a thrift shop, I tell my customers so. As a salesperson at three prestigious stores in the tri-state area, I spent countless hours with clients bringing both carpet samples and rugs to homes and offices, and typically I can tell in an instant if it is a keeper or if we need to keep looking! My philosophy has always been that flooring is the foundation for a room, and if you want drama... great! If you want quiet... that's also great. Or, if one doesn't know what they are looking for, and give me the " I'll love it when I see it"; well that is typically a challenge I absolutely loved. Made the juices flowing!
Over the years I have been remiss in not taking many " before and after" pictures of people’s rooms that I help find the perfect carpeting or rug for.Below are three rugs that I did remember their before and afters quite well.
The first one, a Vintage Edward Fields from the 1970s had excessive moth damage. The required and necessary lime wash to kill the moths and larvae was done, and then my wonderful workroom did the color restoration on the piece. Sadly, forgot to take the before picture but the after picture shows a beauty now. Cost to do that was about 30% of what a replaced Edward Fields rug would have cost the client.
The next picture is a circa 1930 American hook rug that one of my clients has an extensive collection of. This piece had to have the long sides rebound, plus there were areas that the wool pulled out of the rug. Once again, that piece was repaired and restored, and this is the result of that.
The final piece is a Pakistan Bokara that my client's father had in his home. He passed away and she wanted to restore the color to its original vibrancy. This is the before picture of it, and it was returned with that beautiful cherry red field and also the fringes repaired. A family heirloom that she wanted to keep and use in her home.
Many rugs that date back thirty years are older would most likely be one of a kind pieces. In the 1980s the importers catered to the American market especially and made mass-produced programmed rugs in the popular sizes. That Peshiwar that I first noted is one of those types of rugs. If you have a rug that was handed down to you, or you picked up somewhere in your travels, or at an auction house or even yard sale that you love, and it " talks to you" then it could be worth the investment to have it repaired and restored. The wonderful workroom that I have used for over 35 years now will give you a quote directly about what needs to be done to the piece. They have been in business for decades now and have cleaned, repaired, and restored probably a million or more rugs by now.
Wishing you a safe and healthy summer. Stay well.