A client brought in a Sarab long rug – formerly in Walter Cecil’s personal collection, a guy with impeccable taste in old rugs – and asked us to change some faded re-knots in the camel border.
Northwest Persian rugs often have camel colored areas – mostly brown sheep’s wool, over dyed – but this rug was camel and the client wanted all re-knotting done with matching materials. Friends in Turkey sent various bags of camel fleece, but none quite matched.
Our client tracked down a local llama rancher and bought a selection of red-brown fleece – llamas are camelids. We carded together a range of llama/camel blends, spun them up, and found that with a light peroxide wash they were a near perfect match.