Rug Restoration

Rugs lead tough lives. Pets, moths, furniture, and the wear and tear of daily use take their toll. Eventually, rugs need care beyond cleaning to repair frayed ends, edges, and holes.

Restoration is a highly technical skill and an art. The best repairs, done by expert restorers, match materials, weave structure, and color undetectably, restoring both value and function to a rug.

How We Work

Restoration and repair is skilled work done entirely by hand. Simple repairs can stabilize a rug to keep further damage from occurring. Large-scale restorations can re-weave or replace missing and damaged areas. We perform repairs at our workshop in Denver and at our partner workshop in Izmir, Turkey.

We know rugs and are fortunate to have had the best teachers. Our clients include the most experienced curators, dealers, and collectors. This work has allowed us to study extraordinary weavings with the most knowledgeable people. Learning in this area never ends. images

What We Work On

We work primarily on hand-made rugs, but over the years we’ve worked on items including European tapestries, hooked rugs, modern art textiles, needlepoints, ecclesiastic vestments, and the occasional teddy bear or stuffed frog. We can find a solution to nearly any textile restoration problem.

Materials

The right materials are critical for a restoration to blend seamlessly into the surrounding weaving. We source yarns in the US and from rug producing countries. We custom hand-spin yarns if a project requires it. The majority of out yarns are custom dyed in-house. Completed repairs both look and feel like part of the original rug. images

Overseas Restoration

Our restoration staff in Denver is very talented, but there are jobs where the highly refined skills of Antique Textile Restoration, our sister company in Turkey, make shipping rugs overseas an excellent option for our clients.

ATC, was established in the early 1990’s. We have been their representatives in the US since that time. We continue a close relationship with our partners in Izmir whom we have had the privilege of working with for over 25 years.

Rugs sent to ATC for restoration are registered with US Customs for export and are shipped via air freight directly to Turkey. ATC operates from a secure facility located in the Aegean Free Trade Zone in Izmir, which has it’s own Turkish Customs facilities. RMR provides estimates, insurance, customs brokerage, and shipping services for rugs traveling to Izmir for restoration.

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Every restoration and repair is different.  We can provide appraisal, assessment, and guidance to help you make informed choices. Contact us or stop by our facility any time to learn more.