2nd Opinion Please?

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  1. Garry Boniface

    Garry Boniface Member

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    This rug belongs to a friend's girlfriend and has significant sentimental value. That might be clouding the issue here.

    She says it is silk but my tests are leaning towards wool. Two burn tests have resulted in irregular black ash (unless my eyes are playing up! I did use a magnifying glass though).

    There has been no pile distortion or colour run in my other tests.

    Can anyone add their thoughts please? PICT0018.JPG
     
  2. Ken Wainwright

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    There are several indicators to suggest that this is a wool pile with a wool foundation.

    In a burn test, silk and wool have similar characteristics, the most notable difference being in the odour from the smoke. Wool has more sulphur so has a stronger odour.

    For 100% silk pile rugs, the yarns would be finer and smoother than in the appearance judged from your picture.

    Get up close with a pair of tweezers. Is it easy to pluck out individual fibres? If yes, then almost certainly they're wool as it's a staple fibre. If the answer is no, then probably silk as it is a continuous fibre (and much finer than wool)

    Regardless, as long as all of your tests are favourable, proceed presuming that the rug is pure silk. If you rinse/extract, use a hand tool working with the pile, maybe across but not against the pile If it grooms easily afterwards, it's wool. If it' a pig to groom, then it's silk.

    Of course, there is always a chance it could be wool with some silk highlights?

    Safe and happy cleaning:smile:
    Ken
     
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  3. Garry Boniface

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    Thanks for your help Ken.

    That was my gut instinct. The girls had a rough time lately and the last thing I wanted to do was damage something with so many memories attached.

    I'll proceed as recommended.
     
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    We've done quite a number of these - be careful with bleeding, the red dyes can destabilise.
     
  5. Garry Boniface

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    Thanks Carl. Everything has gone well so far. It's not quite dry but there is no evidence of anything untoward ( yet :smile:).
     
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    This is a wool Turkoman rug probably from the Yomut tribe circa 1920.
     
  7. Garry Boniface

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    Thank you Robert.

    I think she will be pleased to hear that. Apparently, it has been handed down through the family. It has cleaned up really well.
     
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    says leyland on the front of buses, but they don't all go there...

    Saying of my dads... Basically a customer can tell you something doesn't mean it's true, you just nod and do it the best way possible...

    Have loads round here with 100% wool carpets... yaknow the kind that leave a hard resin ball on the belt desk...
     
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