European-style tapestries are large decorative wall hangings woven by hand in a tapestry weave. The word “tapestry” actually refers to the weaving technique, not a particular type of textile. In order to hang properly, tapestries need a Velcro hanging system and proper lining. Before they can be hung they usually need cleaning, structural repairs such as tabby reweaving in areas of weft loss, and closing of slits between color fields. Museum Textile Services is a unique tapestry conservation facility, combining superior hand skills, a deep research background, and our two-story-high tapestry annex.
Camille Breeze has published widely on the subject of tapestry conservation. Many of her articles can be read on our Resources Page. To learn about our work with the Boston College tapestry collection click here.
Many other historic textiles are made in tapestry weave including Navajo rugs, kilims, Kente cloth, and many Coptic and pre-Columbian textiles. Our tapestry conservation skills apply to to large and small tapestries alike.
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