The second part of my research is interviews with
conservators and restorers who are experienced in treating rugs. The
conservation of rugs spans many aspects of preservation including cleaning,
storage and exhibition, however the focus of my interviews will be on
treatments concerning structural stabilization and/or compensation for visual loss.
I am particularly interested in the techniques of reknotting and reweaving.
Interventive treatments such as these have been common in both conservation and
restoration. The goal of this research is not draw a definitive line between
conservation and restoration of pile rugs, but to examine how these fields have
borrowed from one another.
My hope it that the
information gleaned from these interview can be compared to the information
found in published literature. Additional consideration will be paid to how the
disciplines of conservation and restoration are similar and different in
contemporary practice. The main goal of my research is to uncover the ways in
which the conservation and restoration of pile rugs has changed over time, and to
assist conservators in their future campaigns.
This semester I was fortunate enough to begin my study of pile rugs in
the collection of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. My research is under
the direction of Laura Mina, Associate Textile Conservator at Winterthur
Museum, Garden, and Library with additional guidance from Kate Sahmel,
Associate Textile Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.
— AnnaLivia McCarthy, UD Class of 2019