Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Restoring Rugs and Carpets

Hands mending a textile


Join Robert Mann for a discussion of key questions around the restoration of rugs and carpets.  

Rugs lead tough lives, and the wear and tear of daily use can take its toll. A textile collector's long-sought weaving often arrives in less than perfect condition. Household rugs may eventually need care beyond cleaning to repair frayed ends, edges and holes.

Rug restoration employs a range of sewing and weaving techniques that can be used to stabilize and conserve damaged structure or, if necessary, completely re-weave and replace missing fabric. The best repairs match materials, weave structure and color undetectably, restoring both value and function to a rug. This virtual discussion will explore questions about whether a rug ought to be repaired, and what techniques can be employed.  

About Robert Mann

In 1978 Robert Mann began a career in the rug business as an apprentice to an Iranian rug restorer named Hamid Sharifzadeh. In 1982 Mann opened a cleaning and restoration facility in Denver, Colorado. Today Robert Mann Rugs specializes in the care of handwoven area rugs, Southwestern textiles and other related weavings. It offers a range of services: cleaning, repairs, restoration, mounting, appraisal and expert consultation. 

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (11 a.m. EST / 8 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs