When I was choosing rugs to hang in my studio from my vintage collection of hooked rugs, I really wanted to hang this one. I love its graphic beauty. And the holes in it do not detract from my appreciation of it. However, one of the holes was 2″, and I didn’t want to put too much stress on the rug by hanging it with that big of an opening. It needed some support.
The hole in question is in the middle right, where the 2 large fronds meet. Can you see it?
I have scraps of linen backing, and cut a patch that was about 4″ X 5″, and serged the edges. I centered it over the hole on the back of the rug and pinned it in place. With cotton thread I whip-stitched the edges all around the patch, attaching it into the backing and into the loops of hooking.
Then I turned it to the front, and hand stitched the edges of the hole to the linen. The stitches blend in well enough. For a full restoration job I could now re-hook the hole, trying to match the rug. I am choosing to leave it as it is. To truly do it justice, I would want to hook it with scraps culled from another beat up rug. Other wise it would just scream I have a patch!
I am thrilled to have such a rug in my collection. I do not have any information on it, other than it was dry cleaned at some point, and rolled and kept in storage. It looks to me as if the border has been rebound by machine with a heavy fabric. The colors are very strong with little signs of fading. How did it get these holes? A mystery! There is no apparent sign of rot or wear near the holes.
Do you have a guess? ~ Karen