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Chenille Carpet Returns!

May 29, 2015

The Dining Room Carpet has finally returned after its long stay at the textile conservation studio in Norfolk. I just wanted to quickly update you on the work that has gone into the carpet in the last couple of months with the conservation team.

The team developed a way to fill in the gaps where the carpet weave had completely worn away, which help to keep the carpet strong as well as being aesthetically more pleasing than the gaps were!

Before

Before

During

During

During

During

After

After

The yarns used to fill in these gaps were hand dyed to match in with the original colours of the carpet, bearing in mind that in its 140 or so years it has faded more noticeably near the bay window and less as you get further back in the room. This has meant that the team had to dye 129 samples and 58 final colours (up to the most recent report dated 9th March 2015).

Some of the dyed yarns

Some of the dyed yarns

The carpet is now partially unrolled and on view to the public and on Monday (when we’ll be closed to the public) the team who will produce our Eyemat will come to digitally photograph the restored carpet. The photograph is then printed onto a mat which will cover the carpet in the areas where visitors walk, helping to give a seamless view of the room as it was in Armstrong’s day.

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