Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rug Repair and Thimbles

Sometimes our repair personnel in our workshop use thimbles; specially when they want to fix and do the selvages or bindings on the sides of the carpets. We do the repair by hand and if the construction of the rug is very strong and stiff, the needle does not go through; so the repairman/repairwoman needs to use a thimble.

The history of using this protective metal shield which is worn on thumb or finger goes back to the first century AD. It was first used by Romans. Now we use it here in Los Angeles to repair bindings of rugs.

The first picture you see here on the top is from a 9-foot thimble on a stack of buttons from the Garment District of Toronto .

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)

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