Rug Repair and Restoration

Rug Repair and Fine Antique Oriental Rug Restoration NYC

Antique Rug Repair and Oriental Carpet Restoration NYC: The purpose of repairing rare, antique or valuable rug is to restore the original beauty and physical integrity that may have been damaged by years of use.

This is accomplished by recreating or reweaving portions of the carpet, either the surface pile, or in the case of holes, even the underlying foundation as well.

Such antique rug repair and restoration requires enormous technical skill and precision, as well as discernment in the matching of yarn, texture and color. This process requires expertise and a refined eye to match as well as possible the original texture of the carpet so that the repair will not be detectable.

Antique Rug Repair and Restoration NYC by Nazmiyal
Antique Rug Repair and Restoration NYC

The extent of restoration that may be required in both in time and expense depends not only on condition, but also on the value of the carpet in relation to the cost of the repair. A knowledgeable dealer in antique carpets and vintage rugs with market expertise will make this decision. Such restoration can make a damaged piece usable and commercially viable once again. But ultimately the greatest reward in rug cleaning and repairing your antique Oriental rugs is the knowledge that a rare and beautiful work of art is being preserved for generations to come.

Rug Restoration by the Experts at Nazmiyal NYC

Antique Rug Restoration and Carpet Repair – For over 30 years, Nazmiyal has employed a group of highly skilled conservators specializing in antique rug repair and restoration services.

Caring for and preserving the beauty of antique Persian rugs and antique carpets, museum-quality carpets, hand-woven kilims and heirloom pieces is our specialty.

Our experienced antique rug restoration professionals use traditional techniques to repair and revitalize the finest and most valuable antique carpets and kilims in the world. Our antique rug repair specialists work with many clients in New York City and the Tri-State area to undertake rug cleaning services, repairs and conservation efforts.

Preserving the value of unique rugs, kilims and hand-woven textiles is our chief concern. Whether for monetary, artistic or simply sentimental reasons, an antique rug should be cleaned professionally to ensure longevity and to preserve its beauty.

Before completing cleaning procedures or conservation efforts, the history, origin and condition of each piece is carefully evaluated to ensure all restoration efforts are sympathetic to the artistic and structural integrity of each rug or kilim.

rug restoration by Nazmiyal NYC
Antique Rug Restoration by Nazmiyal

Regular cleanings and periodic maintenance are essential for preserving the beauty and structural integrity of antique Persian and vintage rugs. Minor repairs can benefit nearly all antique rugs. Repairing and reinforcing weak areas can prevent the damage from expanding, which can prolong the longevity of any antique rug.

Our considerate approach to antique rug repair and restoration procedures allows us to create repairs that are nearly undetectable. Common restoration services include general cleanings, repairing fringes, recovering selvages and re-knotting damaged or missing patterns. When appropriate, we also undertake intensive repair and restoration efforts, including re-piling worn areas and rebuilding the warp and weft.

Whether your rug was damaged recently or is simply showing the effects of age, we invite you to contact us about restoring your beloved antique Persian and Oriental rugs, heirlooms and investment pieces.

Our staff is knowledgeable and competent in all aspects of restoration, having achieved their expertise through many years of training and experience. Nazmiyal is proud to have assembled a number of master restorers under one roof to provide a full range services for your valued carpets.

Contact Our Antique Rug Repair Experts at 212-545-8029

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Antique Rug Repair Pictures

Before and After Pictures of Antique Rug Repair

Antique Rug Repair and Restoration (Case Study) – While the rug repair and restoration of antique rugs requires skill and patience, the restoration of room-size carpets like this Tabriz presents a special challenge. The areas requiring repair are more extensive and scattered across a larger surface whose level and texture must be carefully matched, even though it may be somewhat low from years of use. The repairs must also be durable enough to stand up to the foot traffic that a decorative room sized rug will have. With the completion of the repairs, we can now enjoy the un-disrupted precision of its sweeping, meticulous design.

After the restoration, the carpet has been brought back to life and could be used for many years to come. For the most part, if done well, the areas of the rug which have been restored are pretty much undetectable to people that are not in the rug trade.

As with any antique piece, restoration is expected. If done properly, restoration will increase the value of the rug. Needless to see – it will increase the life span as well!

Picture Taken Before The Antique Rug Repair:

While the repair of any carpet requires skill and patience, the restoration of room-size carpets like this Tabriz presents a special challenge. The areas requiring repair are more extensive and scattered across a larger surface whose level and texture must be carefully matched, even though it may be somewhat low from years of use. The repairs must also be durable enough to stand up to the foot traffic that a decorative room sized rug will have.

Antique Rug Repair by Nazmiyal NYC
Antique Rug Repair – Before Restoration

Picture Taken After The Antique Rug Repair:

With the completion of the repairs, we can now enjoy the disrupted precision of its sweeping, meticulous design.

Antique Rug Repair by Nazmiyal in New York City
Antique Rug Repair – After Restoration

Rug Restoration and Repair

This lovely little Kazak rug was heavily worn in the center of the field. In spots the pile had disappeared completely, exposing the foundation of the rug, and in the adjacent areas the pile was rather low. The repair involved replacing the lowest areas of the pile as well as the areas where the pile was entirely gone, in order to bring the pile up to an even level consistent with the undamaged portions of the carpet.

Picture of Antique Kazak Rug Before Restoration by Nazmiyal
Picture of Antique Kazak Rug Before Restoration

After Rug Restoration:

Such repairs are difficult and can only be accomplished successfully with the greatest skill and patience. But they have now fully restored the bold drawing and graphic color effects that originally gave the rug its appeal.

Picture of Antique Kazak Rug After Restoration by Nazmiyal
Picture of Antique Kazak Rug After Restoration

Before Rug Repair:

When restoring antique oriental rugs, it’s important to go to someone who has a track record working on such pieces. Any antique rug can be restored but finding the right restoration person is key. Just like anything else, good restorers are not inexpensive, but in the hands of a master restorer, the rug can be brought back to life. When it comes to good antique rugs, in the hands of a professional repair person, there is almost nothing that can’t be undone or fixed so if something happened to your rug, do panic just yet, first contact a reputable restoration expert and hear what he / she has to say first.

When we restore rugs here at Nazmiyal, we make sure to keep the original look and feel. Using the best materials and not cutting corners (pardon the pun) will ensure that your investment will remain safe and usable for years to come.

The best restoration jobs are those that only a highly skilled expert would be able to notice. Just look at the before picture below, then compare it to the after image and see if you could what was restored and what remained untouched.

We at Nazmiyal take pride in the restoration projects we do. Thanks to our skilled restorers, we are able to rejuvenate pieces that otherwise might have been lost forever!

The two images below are an example of a restoration project that we took care of ourselves in house. This charming Dagestan prayer rug was badly damaged. Not only was the pile worn to the foundations in the field and lower border, but there was also a large hole and substantial portions of the outer border were missing. This latter damage required rebuilding the foundation of the areas that were lost, and then re-piling them.

Rug Repair And Restoration
Rug Repair And Restoration Before

After Rug Repair:

The repiling of the field was exceptionally difficult because the pile was low, and such low pile is the hardest to match or replace. Now we can once again enjoy the beauty of its design and color.

Rug Repair And Restoration
Rug Repair And Restoration After

Before Carpet Restoration:

This damage on this Kuba was not too extensive, but even such limited damage can be enough to spoil the effect of its fine, delicate design. The outer minor border or guard stripe had to be completely restored, and the scattered wear in the field needed to re-piled at a low yet even level.

Antique Rug Repair - Before
Antique Rug Repair – Before

After Carpet Restoration:

The result is remarkable. The crisp, jewel-like effect of the design has once again come to life.

Antique Rug Repair - After
Antique Rug Repair – After

Before Rug Restoration:

Antique Rug Restoration
Antique Rug Restoration Before

After Rug Restoration:

Antique Rug Restoration
Antique Rug Restoration After