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calthorpes' house textiles


The Calthorpes' House textile collection includes over 550 items, all of which are original to the House. A number of these items were identified as requiring conservation treatment. These items included a leather pouffe, original and reproduction lace curtains, lampshades and velvet curtains.         


  • Treatment of six lampshades, including cleaning, lining and stabilisation
  • Treatment of leather pouffe, including cleaning and stabilisation
  • Provision of storage materials and advice for original textiles found as filling in the pouffe
  • Cleaning, lining and stabilisation of reproduction lace curtains
  • Cleaning and stabilisation of original lace curtains
  • Cleaning, repair and stabilisation of original velvet curtains and pelmets
  • Rehanging of curtains


Calthorpes' House

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Textiles Conservation




Calthorpes Velvet Curtain

 Velvet curtain undergoing treatment

Calthorpes Pelmet

Pelmet during treatment

Calthorpes Pouf

Split seam on leather pouffe requiring treatment

Calthorpes Curtain AT

Curtains rehung after treatment