In February, Mrs Bennet from Pitlochry, Perthshire in Scotland, contacted our Edinburgh Office regarding her Persian part silk and part wool woven Nain rug. Over the Christmas period, her fine piece had been soiled with Red Wine spillage across the medallion in the centre. Mrs B attempting to soak up what wine she could, the inevitable staining prompted her to get in touch with us to have our specialist stain removal team work on the rug. Upon receiving her call, we director arranged free uplift from her location (we often travel far and wide to serve our customers).
On collection our team outlined possible solutions to getting the stain out as best possible. An initial dust extraction and professional hand wash with vegetable shampoos is vital to bring the entire rug back to its original colours. The three main courses of action were then outlined; to firstly ‘spot treat’ the area (a focused wash of the area using cold water and further vegetable shampoo). Secondly should spot treatment fail, we can ‘re-dye’ the area with traditional Persian vegetable dyes. Finally, the opportunity to fully rebuild the area using a loom and traditional knotting techniques can be employed, guaranteeing the stains removal.
Leaving Mrs Bennet with a collection receipt to dust extract/wash and carry out the necessary treatment, we took the Persian Nain back to our Edinburgh Workshop to begin work.
Our traditional Persian and Afghan weavers got to work straight away. Lots of dust was removed from the rug, lifting the pile and allowing the full extent of the damage to be assessed. Following the wash and spot treat, it was agreed with the client that re-dying would best remove the stain within reasonable cost. Having agreed this over the telephone with Mrs Bennet, the process of matching suitable dyes along with careful re-dying of the pile was initiated. After 4 weeks, the process was complete, and the red wine stain was almost entirely gone. After a final washing off of dye-residue along with re-settling the pile in the correct direction, the rug was hung dry naturally before being returned to another grateful customer.
The Oriental Rug Repair Company takes pride in specialising in such bespoke repairs to all oriental and handmade rugs. We would like to thank Mrs Bennet for her time in contacting us, knowing that another client has been left satisfied with our high standards of work is what we strive for.
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