Imported Persian wool yarn is used in a variety of rug repairs such as overcasting the edges of a rug or reweaving holes and worn areas. The wool is particularly soft and lustrous, and we feel that it is the right product to complete the best quality rug restorations possible. See the Weaving and Overcasting page for more information about repairs made with Persian wool.
Rubbing a pumice stone on the pile of a rug after it has been washed stimulates the natural lanolin in the wool. As a result, after the stone has been used, the rug will appear smoother and more lustrous. This will also bring to the surface of the rug, little bits of yarn which can then be trimmed away.
Heavy cotton thread, pictured on the large spool, is used to bind the ends of rugs and as the foundation around which yarn is wrapped to create overcasting on the sides of rugs. Flat nose pliers are used to pull out old damaged foundation threads and overcasting to prepare work areas for repair. These pliers are also used to pull the craftsman's needle through tight areas of the rug. A metal pick is a multipurpose tool, but one of its uses is to untie small knots. Wax coated thread glides more easily through the rug, and wax also puts a protective coating over the cotton to increase its durability.