Yesterday I was in the textile conservation lab with 3 quiet, but very sweet conservators. The morning work was unexpectedly halted when 4 persian rugs were brought in. They had been rescued from a flood and were rolled up wet and left out in the open for a night of so. The rugs were very smelly, dirty and wet! We placed large dust sheets over the surface of the rugs and rolled them up again. The sheets were left in the rugs to draw out the water overnight.
During the day I was given this WW1 embroidered panel containing a frame. I was asked to write up a description of the different types of materials, stitches and weaves. I was also required to write up a condition and treatment proposal.
This object was interesting to work with because of the different materials - textiles and paper. The textile part of the object is in very good condition and only requires a surface clean with a conservation vacuum and humidification to flatten out the creases. The paper, however, is in very poor condition. There are deep creases that have accumulated a lot of dirt . The creases have weakened the paper causing tears and holes. Some of the dirt can be removed using vulcanized rubber, but it will be difficult to clean around the fragile areas. The tears can be repaired using Japanese tissue techinques. There may be an opportunity to temporally remove the paper to conserve separately to the textiles.