It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the rug is now brighter, cleaner and it has it's loftiness back. I was really a bit worried to try this on this particular rug...you see, when I first learned to hook, noone told me to cut the wool paralell to the selvedge edge to get a stronger strip.....so on this rug I cut the wool any way that I could get the longest piece to hook with it....some of it was cut on the bias and who knows how. Oh well, sometimes that is how we learn. However, the rug held up well to the washing.
This was a rug that was hooked on monks cloth.....would I try this on a burlap rug....probably not.