This 7' X 9' American treasure is an unbelievable
120 years old. This 19th century masterpiece has survived this long
thanks to the original crafts person's hand sewing the braids tightly
together. There was much material disintegration and that required using
salvaged outside rows to replace 10 bad sections. Twenty butts (splicing
6 strands of braid) were needed to do this. All in all 17+ hours of
labor were required which included a lot of hand sewing and bending.
It was my priviledge to be able to save this wonderful example of Americana.
Disintegrated Material Removed from Rug
One of Restored Sections
Antiquity Back Home
"Thank you, thank you.
That was a lot of hard work and you did it so fast. We are happy to
see it again."...Gilroy, Ca.