Before and After
The dress tells the tale: Outdoor weddings and white silk satin do not mix. When the team at Davis Imperial Cleaners received this dress for cleaning and storage in June, it had suffered several indignities: In addition to the usual mix of perspiration, makeup, and food and wine stains, the hem of the dress and its train had been abraded and muddied. The cost to clean the $7,000 Kenneth Pool wedding gown: $525.
Threadless: Brian Rojanasumaphong, a sales manager at Oscar Isberian Rugs, shows this before-and-after as an example of the extreme damage that can be repaired. This antique Kamseh rug from the Shiraz region of Iran was burned. A master weaver in Turkey—used by Oscar Isberian for large jobs—needed five months to reconstruct the entire damaged section. The cost to fix? $9,000.
Face Lift: This family portrait from the 18th century, sent to Joel Oppenheimer by a framer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was in bad shape: Paint was flaking off, the varnish had yellowed, and the canvas was brittle. Conservators patched this tear (below) using a nylon-based filler to mimic the texture of the original surface, then painted in the chin for a seamless fix. Entire repair: $3,800.
Photography: Courtesy of Davis Imperial Cleaners, Oscar Isberian Rugs, and Joel Oppenheimer