We offer one of the most highly regarded conservation services. Combined with in-depth conservation experience, our team is outstandingly qualified to handle fine antique carpets and tapestries.
Part of the attraction of rare and exceptional antique carpets are qualities that they have acquired over time or characteristics of the original weaving process - the mellowing of colors over the years, the subtle "abrash" variations of hand-weaving techniques and vegetable dyes, and the textures associated with normal usage. Our goal is to restore a carpet to sound condition while preserving the intrinsic character of a fine work of art. Since insensitive restoration can adversely affect the value of an important piece, our integral concern is to conserve and only to a lesser extent to repair damage, although restoration of lost areas and detail remains an important part of our work.
Our initial step when receiving a piece is to undertake a thorough cleaning using either traditional or sophisticated modern techniques. As is appropriate to the nature of a carpet, we will will hand-wash or dry clean the piece and then evaluate every inch for structural damage before recommending remedial work. Conservation and restoration are processes that demand a high degree. They may include repairing, backing, reweaving the support and restoring areas of worn pile . Take note that the conservation and restoration of a large piece can take several months, but will reflect the patience and exacting standards of our conservators.
Furthermore we believe that carpets are meant to be walked on and not hung on walls - a certain amount of wear is acceptable, even with the finest antiques. Our expert conservators, however, will advise you on how to look after a carpet and protect it from extreme damage, such as from direct sunlight, inappropriate cleaning techniques and excessive wear from high traffic patterns. We will also provide periodic cleaning and inspection to ensure a carpet remains in good condition so that you will derive years of enjoyment from your acquisition without diminishing the value of your investment.