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Conservation of carpets

Dates:11–14 November 2013
Course code: PC1307 (3 day course)
Non-residential fee: £399

Carpets are often overlooked in room settings despite their rich designs and historically important backgrounds. Carpets frequently come into the conservation studio when their damage has become a health and safety hazard, at which point, the conservation treatment will probably have become far more costly than might have been the case with some care and forethought. The conservation treatment of carpets has become a small but important specialisation within textile conservation.

The subjects we would like to consider, present and discuss would be: History and manufacture, History of carpets - Oriental and European, Identification of carpet origins, Manufacturing techniques, Materials and structure, Conservation: Preventive and housekeeping, Remedial conservation treatments, Considering past treatments, Chemistry and cleaning, Support and stitching treatments.

Course leader: Heather Tetley. Heather is an accredited conservator with 25 years of conservation experience and research and runs the Tetley Workshop in Devon.

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