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CARE OF YOUR TAPESTRY
ALL THE TAPESTRIES IN THE SHOP ARE SENT TO THERMO LIGNUM FOR TREATMENT TO ERADICATE ANY MOTH INFECTION. THIS ECOLOGICAL NON CHEMICAL TREATMENT KILLS BOTH THE LIVING INSECTS, THE LARVAE AND THE EGGS. HOWEVER IT WILL NOT STOP RE-INFECTION.

TAPESTRIES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO UV LIGHT, I.E. DAY LIGHT, PESTS AND DUST.

HANGING TAPESTRIES
ALL THE TAPESTRIES THAT WE SELL ALREADY HAVE VELCRO SOWN TO THE TOP OF THEM. THE ADVANTAGES OF USING A VELCRO IS THE LOAD IS SHARED ON THE WHOLE WIDTH OF THE TAPESTRY, BY THE MEANS OF THE VELCRO BAND SEWN ON THE BACKING. THIS HANGING SYSTEM ASSISTS IN CONSERVING THE TAPESTRY.

UV OR SUNLIGHT & LIGHTING
YOU SHOULD NEVER HANG A TAPESTRY ON A WALL WHERE IT WILL BE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT, THIS RISKS FADING THE COLOURS AND WEAKENING THE SILKS. A TAPESTRY SHOULD NEVER BE LIT FROM THE SIDE (LIKE PAINTINGS), BUT ON THE CONTRARY, FROM THE FRONT AT A DISTANCE.

MOTH
WITH THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE MOTHS ARE BECOMING MORE OF A PROBLEM AND IT IS ADVISABLE TO TAKE CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS. YOU CAN MONITOR MOTHS WITH A PHEROMONE TRAP, USED IN MUSEUMS AND BY THE NATIONAL TRUST. THESE ARE WIDELY AVAILABLE.

PREVENTION OF MOTH
WE RECOMMEND SPRAYING TAPESTRIES WITH CONSTRAIN FOR THE CONTROL OF ALL INSECT PESTS, IT IS USED IN MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC HOUSES. IT IS A NEW GENERATION OF WATER-BASED INSECTICIDE SPRAY WITH A NEUTRAL PH, FOR THE CONTROL OF A WIDE RANGE OF INSECT PESTS FOUND IN HISTORIC COLLECTIONS. THIS CAN BE ORDERED FROM THE MANUFACTURERS.

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CLEANING
IDEALLY A TAPESTRY NEEDS CLEANING APPROXIMATELY EVERY 10 YEARS, HOWEVER REGULAR CHECKING IS THE BASIS OF GOOD CONSERVATION, AND IT IS NOT ALWAYS NEEDED. CLEANING SHOULD ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN BY A PROFFESSIONAL.

VACUUMING TAPESTRIES
PEOPLE HAVE ASKED US WHETHER TO USE A VACUUM CLEANER TO REMOVE DUST. THE ANSWER IS YES YOU CAN BUT WITH EXTREME CARE.
YOU MUST ALWAYS COVER THE SURFACE OF THE TAPESTRY WITH A FINE GAUZE SCREEN AND USE A VERY LOW SETTING TO AVOID DAMAGE.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER AND ADVISABLE TO HAVE TAPESTRIES CLEANED BY A PROFESSIONAL RESTORER.

STORAGE OF TAPESTRIES

FOR PROPER STORAGE, A TAPESTRY SHOULD BE ROLLED ON AN ACID FREE CARDBOARD ROLLER, WRAPPED IN A FABRIC AND KEPT IN A ROOM WITH LOW LEVELS OF LIGHT AND HUMIDITY.

 

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