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  1. The hooked rug is assessed for damage, cleanliness, and overall condition. The strength of the burlap foundation is considered. Not every antique rug is repairable. The customer will sign a professional contract/release form with J. Conner Hooked Rugs.
Rug before repair.
  1. Previous repairs are documented, and linings are removed if neccessary.
Previous repair.

Removing the lining.

  1. A foundation patch is prepared, with woolen strips matched as to age, wear and color.
Closeup of patch.
  1. The antique rug is cleaned inch by inch using appropriate methods (see "Caring for hand hooked rugs").
Cleaning of rug.
  1. An appraisal report is prepared with research and detail on restoration process, rug valuation, provenance, style, and esthetic. The finished piece has all holes and weak areas imperceptibly "darned" and "patched" by hundreds of invisible stitches.
Repairing the rug by hand.

Rug after completed repair.

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