We are able to remove and reinstall tapestries from most spaces using appropriate access methods, generally some form of mobile scaffolding.
Many tapestries can be washed to remove the dust, general yellowing, and localised staining. This process also stabilises the fibres for the future. Our conservation workshop has large scale washing capabilities to accommodate tapestries of varying size.
Some tapestries use materials with unstable dyes. In these cases, our textiles conservators use careful hand cleaning techniques instead of washing.
Where the fibres of the tapestry have been lost to physical damage, or through the action of acidic products caused by age and exposure, reweaving of lost sections can be undertaken.
It is best practice for many tapestries to be lined in order to support the textile. The lining layer is also beneficial in stopping dust and other particulate matter from settling on the back of the tapestry while it is hanging.
We also design and install appropriate hanging systems that have sufficient capacity to support the tapestry without damage, as well as maximise the ease with which the tapestry can be taken down for cleaning and maintenance in the future.