Friday, January 7, 2011
Oriental Rugs White Knots Color Restoration
White Knots have been part of many Oriental rugs ever since rug cleaning existed. The loom which the rug is woven on is made of warp yarn which run vertically throughout. The rug is woven around these warp yarns and are then pounded down and pressured in order to create a strong dense rug. This pounding and pressure causes the warp yarns to break. They are fixed by tying another small warp around the two yarn pieces. This tied not creates something called the White Knot.
At the time the rugs is woven, the thickness of the handmade rug covers the While Knots. But after decades of use and wearing of the pile of the knots, the White Knots start to appear on the surface of the rug. This White Knots are like pimples on a face, not so nice looking. Although they should not be cut as the cutting will ruin the foundation of the rug and the rug will fall apart, there are alternatives.
We had a customer bring us a rug a week ago. He was very concerned that the White Knots were showing on his rug after it was professionally cleaned. Fortunately we professionalize in cosmetic repair and restoration. We worked on his rug on restoring the colors. His rug looks as if it never had White Knots and the customer will be very satisfied.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)