One of Val's many weaving projects in progress on her Schacht 8 harness loom
Randy dyeing Tussah silk with natural indigo for another Valerie weaving project
It's a rug love story, Randy & Val Hyde meet while working for Atiyeh Brothers in the early 1990s. Both developed a love 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 at James Opie Oriental Rugs, working in the retail, cleaning, and wholesale importation of rugs.
In 1999 Randy founded Renaissance Rug Cleaning Inc. Since its creation 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-specific facilities that specialize in rug cleaning in the country and the only one in Oregon and SW Washington. Val is a weaver and when she's not busy repairing rugs she can often be found felting and weaving blankets, scarfs, and all manner of things at home. Randy has an interest in spinning weaving and natural dyes that are a good complement for 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 also traveled to Turkey and Iran visiting rug weaving and restoration facilities.
Recently, in 2020-2021 Randy has been working in Afghanistan consulting with rug producers to improve rug weaving Via a US Aid Program and hopefully a better life for the people of Afghanistan. Randy was in Kabul when the Taliban takeover.
Randy in Kaubl 2020
ABOUT THE OWNERS
Why the name Renaissance?
[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 makes 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. Hand spinning wool from heirloom breeds of sheep and use of natural dyes not used in modern commercial rug production 50+ years and even letting weavers design their own rugs. This is a time when the rug world was full of machine-spun, synthetically dyed, and programmed designed rugs. By doing this company 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 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, with distorted pile and sometimes resulting in damage and color run. Rug cleaning as a specialized field was rare and in most 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 the cleaning and restoration of oriental rugs the old way by hand.