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Repair of Bakhtiari rug-continue

Now let’s go back to the repair. Bakhtiari rugs  mostly have coarse weave texture like other tribal rugs in general. They usually have single weft. In short wefts are threads that are placed on top of each row of weave when the rug is being woven on a loom. They are pressed and locked in place by a heavy metal comb.  Some rugs have single weft, some double, and to lesser amount some with 3 or 4 wefts. Wefts can be cotton, wool, silk. White or colored.  Wefts in Bakhtiaris are usually blue. You remember that Bakhtiaris are tribal population. They use natural elements. So wool and material used in weaving original Bakhtiari rugs are dyed using  vegetable dyes. Wool is obtained from the sheep herd they own. We will in other posts talk about types of weave,warp, weft, etc. So keep in touch.

Anyway this Bakhtiari had a very fine weave, rare to see in Bakhtiari rug. I can say it was as fine as medium to high density Tabriz rug.  The damage was caused by water leak from a plant pot. Other than this the rest of rug was in good shape. What you see here is that damaged section after trimming those rotten and loose section. I had to trim it back to get to stable and firm margins. The damaged area was relatively large. This was a 10 x 13ft rug and the border was a wide border. If you click on the picture, you’ll see more details. Look at the top where fringe and salvage is. You can notice the fineness of weave.