No one can deny that the genuine Navajo rugs are important pieces of art. Repairing a piece of art will usually require a lot of time and money. As you probably know, a textile material that is hand-woven needs to be handled by an expert. And knowing more about this process of restoration or repair will definitely help you select a great way of repairing your carpet with confidence.
Before repairing it, you have to make sure you clean the rug. This will ensure that the colors on the carpet are still even. You have to establish the colors before you begin the repair process. And the repair has to match the yarn in a perfect manner. Be careful though: cleaning a carpet is a difficult job, so make sure it is done properly.
Match the yarn
If you want to benefit from a seamless repair, you have to match the colors of the yarn. Thus, if your rug is hand-spun, you have to follow the same pattern for the yarn. But if you want to match things up in the Navajo restoration process (take good care of the rugs that were made before 1930) you need to have access to the yarns that were used during those times.
You should also know that the repair of a Navajo rug is done in a traditional warp loom. The rug is placed on this loom and a professional analyzes the piece. Repairing this type of rug is also a tradition that has to be learned properly.
If you have a dirty rug, take it to an experienced person. Feel free to ask this person how many rugs he has previously cleaned and even ask to see a sample of his current work. Do not settle for less. If you do not find a professional in your area, send the carpet somewhere else. Do not even think about cleaning your Navajo rug dry because this will modify the entire texture of the weaving. Also do not wash this type of rug because the colors will run and the shape will get distributed.
Remember to inspect your rug regularly, looking for carpet-beetle infestations or for moths. You can also look for irregularities, holes or signs of moth damage. Make sure you vacuum the rug on both sides and throw out the bag as soon as possible. Then, put the rug in a trash bag and insert it in the freezer for about 48 hours. Afterwards, take the rug out and leave it at room temperature for about 7 days. You can repeat this process to make sure that its enemies are completely dead. If you do not like freezing it, you can also use fogging (following precise instructions).