Reproductions done by
Tina Kane of two Queen Anne upholstery panels
modelled on originals.
Services Offered:

Repair: compensates for damage to rugs and carpets and provides sufficient strength to allow continued use. This is less labor intensive than restoration.

Restoration: meticulous recreation of weave structure and design of tapestries, carpets and rugs.

Reproductions: some fabrics that have become so degraded that further wear endangers their survival can nonetheless be reproduced. The original textile can then be stored or exhibited. This option is particularly suitable for needlepoint or tapestry upholstery panels that are intended for future use.

Stabilizing: support systems can be provided for textiles that will be used for display. They can then be hung without danger of further structural damage.

Mounting: extremely fragile textiles can be mounted on a stretcher frame and placed inside a protective acrylic box which is suitable for both safe display and storage.

Pressure mounting: this system allows pieces that are too fragile or brittle for sewing to be safely preserved and displayed.

Strapping tapestries: tapestries require support when hanging in order to compensate for the stress on the fabric from the hanging weight. This is done by attaching strips of fabric to the back of the tapestry, perpendicular to the warp.

Linings: tapestries need linings to protect the back from accumulating dust. Some rugs should also be lined.

Hanging systems: Velcro webbing systems with wooden or aluminum slats are the primary means for hanging textiles.

"Museum quality" wet cleaning (any size): textiles are washed flat on a washing table using deionized water.

On-site installations and de-installations: tapestries and other textiles taken down or hung by a team of experienced professionals.

On-site surface cleaning: this is particularly suitable for large carpets and tapestries in public access areas or galleries.

On-site repair: minor repair can be done on-site on large carpets or rugs, avoiding the costs of handling and transportation and the inconvenience of removing the carpet for a period of time..

Emergency intervention: floods, steam pipe explosions, insect infestations or other emergencies in which textiles have been damaged can be dealt with promptly by experienced professionals..

Storage preparation: textiles that will be neither used nor displayed can be prepared for safe long-term storage.

Other services:

Photography: professional photography available on request.
Professional consulting services.
Insurance, if requested.
Travel, packaging and handling.

Treatment proposals, condition reports and a precise schedule of costs are provided to each client upon request.

All flat textiles treated including:

tapestries (medieval to modern)
oriental carpets
flatweaves: kilims, dhurries, native american blankets, etc.
embroidered rugs: Portuguese needlepoints, sumac rugs, etc.
hooked rugs
tribal hangings
hooked rugs
upholstery panels
contemporary hangings
ethnographic material

Please note: We are in contact with a network of other professional conservators. If we cannot take care of you, we can refer you to someone highly qualified who can.

A seventeenth Century Verdure tapestry that has been cleaned
and conserved being installed.

A pair of large tapestries being prepared for photography and shipping.

A tapa, mounted
for display.

An African textile being
prepared for hanging.

An American hooked rug after cleaning and restoration.