Tapestries

Always ensure that tapestries in particular and textiles are interlined and lined.

When heavy wall coverings are hung the weight factor is tremendous and support is crucial if the warp and weft is to remain sound and not split.

Correct hanging also reduces damage from the atmosphere, insects and dirt which affect the foundation. In the case of silk the danger is more likely, as silk materials are more than often allowed to become very dry and break.

The best hanging method suggested is one involving a ‘Velcro’ type material, hand sewn in wide stripes. Use of this system allows for weighty items to be hung easily and removed without distress, it also allows the hanging to remain flat against the surface and does not permit looping to occur.

Do not suspend any object near a radiator or warm air passage, nor place where sunlight enters through a glass opening.

Lightly dust or feather tapestries and velvet pile textiles. When used for table, furniture or bed decoration try not to handle textiles too frequently and refrain from handling the corners because they tend to ‘dog ear’.

As with carpets and other hand made fabrics clean regularly and look out for signs of fatigue or disintegration.

Advice about the restoration of textiles should be sought from specialist dealers on the recommendation of a respected trade association, such as BADA.

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