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Behind the scenes at Spencer House
In a normal year, the carpets at Spencer House see a lot of activity, and this late 19th century Iranian carpet in the Dining Room is particularly in need of restoration. The white areas show where the original woollen pile has been worn away right down to the foundation (called the warp and weft). Cliff Capps from Antique Textiles is re-piling some of the worst areas – this involves tying individual knots of wool back onto the foundation, carefully matching the original colours. At the end, Cliff gives the loose ends a ‘haircut’ and the restored pattern is revealed. Although it’s a painstaking process, this work should give the carpet many more years of use.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Spencer House soon.