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Tapestry Conservation


Historical Approaches to Care of Tapestries

Conservation of Tapestries

Working Methods


Tension Table


Threads and yarns

Support fabrics

Lining fabrics

Loss Compensation





Digital Printing


Mechanical Cleaning

Wet Cleaning

Support Techniques

Full Support



Further Reading

Asai, Kaori, Emma Biggs, Patricia Ewer and Kathryn Hallett. 2008. “Tapestry Conservation Traditions: An Analysis of Support Techniques for Large Hanging Textiles.” In ICOM Committee for Conservation preprints. 15th Triennial Meeting, New Delhi. Paris: ICOM. 2:967-75.

Brosens, Koenraad, and Yvan Maes De Wit. 2019. Tapestry Production and Conservation: 125 Years of De Wit Royal Manufacturers of Tapestry. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

Cleland, Elizabeth, Marjorie E. Wieseman, Francesca De Luca, Alessandra Griffo, and Costanza Perron Da Zara. 2019. Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de' Medici's Valois Tapestries. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Getts, Anne and Sarah Gates. 2019. “In-Painting for Old Tapestry Repairs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Restoring Tapestry Legibility.” In North American Textile Conservation Conference preprints. 12th Biennial Meeting, Ottawa-Gatineau. NATCC: 119-133.

Goodin, Dana. 2017. “Agarose Two Ways: Successes and Challenges in Large-Scale Gel Applications.” In AIC Textile Specialty Group Postprints. American Institute for Conservation 45th Annual Meeting, Chicago. Washington, DC: AIC 161-175.

Larochette, Jean Pierre and Yadin Larochette. 2020. Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, Care. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing.

Lennard, Frances, and Maria Hayward. 2006. Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Marko, Ksynia. 2020. Woven Tapestry: Guidelines for Conservation. London: Archetype Publications.

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