At the end of October, The Textile Conservancy undertook on site work at Leeds Castle.
The pile carpet dates to the 1960’s and is similar in design to a carpet in the White House, Washington DC.
It is constructed from thirteen panels that are joined together with a narrow border surrounding the whole. On the reverse, the panels are linked by heavy-duty tape.
The dining room carpet required remedial work as the adhesive tape is showing evidence of ageing and in certain areas, is no longer holding the panels together. In addition, the dining room is used regularly for functions, including wedding ceremonies. This requires the dining table and chairs to be re-arranged and it is likely that this is contributing to the seams lifting. In some areas, wear and tear has exposed both pile and base threads.
The Textile Conservancy carried out stitched repairs across the damaged openings, using laid couched polyester thread, having previously devised techniques to access and support the damaged areas.
The repairs were achieved whilst the castle was open to the public and as a result, visitors were able to watch the work being carried out and ask questions relating to the carpet and the conservation treatment.
To find out more about Leeds Castle, visit: www.leeds-castle.com