One of Val's many weaving projects in progress on her 10 harness 56" Macomber loom
Randy dyeing Tussah silk with natural (Botanical )indigo for another Valerie weaving project
It's a rug love story; Randy & Val Hyde meet while working for local rug cleaning and retailer Atiyeh Brothers in the early 1990s. Today, Randy and Valerie each have over thirty years of experience working with oriental rugs and other weavings. Randy and Valerie developed a love and aprication for woven textiles, tribal rugs, Persian carpets, and the cultures and artistry that creates them. In 1996 Randy accepted a position with tribal rug expert and author James Opie, working in the retail, cleaning, and wholesale importation of rugs, an opportunity to expand his knowledge of rugs and carpets.
In 1999 Randy founded Renaissance Rug Cleaning Inc. Since its inception, Renaissance has been a specialty workshop devoted to the cleaning & restoration of oriental rugs and area carpets. Today, Renaissance is one of a small number of oriental rug / Area rug-specific facilities that specialize in just rug cleaning and repair in the country and the only one in Oregon and SW Washington.
Val is a weaver; when she's not busy repairing rugs, she can often be found felting and weaving blankets, scarves, and all manner of things at home. Randy is interested in spinning weaving and natural dyes that complement Valerie's weaving projects.
From 2016 -18 Randy served as the president of ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists), a rug cleaning trade association dedicated to science, training, integrity, and professionalism in the oriental and area rug cleaning trade. Randy has traveled to the middle east and Asia, Turkey, Iran, and visited rug weavers, rug producers wash houses along the way.
Most recently, Randy worked in In Afghanistan, from 2020-2022 as an educator and technical consultant to US Aid programs to improve hand-woven rug production in Afghanistan. Specifically, the use of modern dyes, and chemicals used in the rug-making process to ensure Afghan rug weaving
Afghans come from a long history of rug weaving; they need no help learning how to weave. Issues exist with the use of modern dyes and various finishing washes given to new rugs. Randy's work centered around the more efficient uses of dyes, and chemicals used in the rug-making process to ensure Afghan rug weaving exists in the 21st century
Randy teaching and inspecting rug weaving workshops in Kabul 2020
Why the name Renaissance Rug?
[ren-uh-sahns, -zahns, -sahns, ren-uh-sahns, -zahns, -sahns; especially British ri-ney-suh ns]
1, the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning
rejuvenation, renewal, rebirth, resurgence, revitalization, revival, awakening, invigoration.
In the 1980s, a few bold and intrepid rug dealers & collectors asked a seemingly simple question, Why don't new rugs have the qualities that antique rugs have that make antique rugs so attractive?
The exploration of this question led some of these forward or is it backward thinking, rug people to turn back time, to make rugs the old way. Choosing Hand spun wool from heirloom breeds of sheep and natural dyes not used in modern commercial rug production for decades and even letting weavers design the rugs they wove or wildly embellish existing ones. This was is a time when the rug world was full of machine-spun, synthetically dyed, and programmed designed rugs. By doing this, companies such as Tufenkian, Woven legends, Asia Minor, Michaelian & Kohlberg, Zollanvari, Miri, and others took rug making back nearly a century. Making rugs with depth, quality, and old-world integrity that hadn't been seen on a large scale since the 1930s. In the oriental rug trade, we referred to this movement as a "RENAISSANCE" in rug weaving.
In 1999 when Randy started Renaissance Rug Cleaning, few people were truly cleaning rugs with a full wash. Most rug cleaners were the only surface cleaning oriental rugs with carpet shampoos, hot water extraction, or haphazardly run through machines leaving rugs dirty, and with distorted pile, sometimes resulting in damage and color run. Rug cleaning as a specialized field was rare and in many cities didn't exist.
For Randy, It seemed only natural that the RENAISSANCE in rug weaving should lead to a RENAISSANCE in RUG CLEANING. Today, Renaissance Rug Cleaning Inc. is dedicated to cleaning and restoring oriental rugs the old way by Hand.
Rug cleaning isn't a unique service plenty of carpet cleaners offer cleaning. However, companies that specialize in the area rug and oriental rug cleaning rug as a stand-alone specialty business are very rare. Perhaps ten such rug cleaning companies exist in North America, and Renaissance Rug Cleaning is one of them. These bold few don't provide a plethora of cleaning services but specialize in what they know as Oriental and area rug cleaning and repair services.
What's the story behind our business logo?
Weaving was a way of life with Turkmen nomads of central Asia while the traditional nomadic life is gone, Turkmen still exist. In Afghanistan, often called the Hazar
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