Our conservator-restorers are highly skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of rug and carpet repair. The specialist skills have been developed through extensive practical and theoretical in-house training to understand and customise the repairs for the specific condition of each rug. All conservators have backgrounds and training in the field of textiles and art. The conservators adhere to continuous professional development guidelines from organisations such as The Institute of Conservation and The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association.
The Rug & Carpet Studio retains its reputation for high standards of practice with progressive thinking. We keep up to date with the latest techniques accepted within the profession to ensure we are doing our utmost to preserve rugs and carpets. We carry out research in order to develop new approaches in carpet conservation. We write articles and present lectures to share new methodology.
The conservators regularly attend training courses and conservation conferences to keep abreast of the national and international professional standards in the fields of conservation and restoration.
The subjects include:
The knowledge and treatment of pests such as clothes moth and carpet beetle
Fabric and yarn dyeing
The treatment of large textiles
The principles and practice of tapestry conservation
Lifting and manoeuvring of large objects
Health awareness for Conservators
Health and Safety
ICON – Accredited Conservator-Restorer (Lenka Bashford)
BAFRA – Accredited Member (Lenka Bashford)
Chemistry for Conservators course
Preventive Conservation course
Dyeing Support Materials for Textile Conservation
For conservation and cleaning enquiries please contact Lenka: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenka has worked at the Studio since 1997. Lenka studied Textiles at university, and has since gained various qualifications and accreditations within the field:
1993 – 1994 Art Foundation, Colchester Institute, Essex
1994 – 1997 BA Hons, Textile Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2005 Accredited Membership with BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association)
2008 Chemistry for Conservators, International Academic Projects
2008 Preventive Conservation, West Dean College, Sussex
2009 Accredited member of The Institute of Conservation
Lenka also works with upholstery and soft furnishings.
Kerri has worked at The Rug and Carpet Studio since 2005. Her background is within textiles, having trained at college, and managed her own business for more than 4 years:
1985 – 1987 HND Fashion and Textiles, Northampton Nene College, Northamptonshire
1987 – 1990 HND Theatre Costume, Liverpool City College, Liverpool
1990 – 1994 Freelance Theatre costumes and Wedding Dress Company, Liverpool.
Kerri has always been involved in creative projects, including designing costumes and sets for carnival floats, making costumes and clothing, carrying out alterations and enjoying various craft activities.
Emma has been with the Studio since 2013. Emma studied Fine Art prior to training as a restorer-conservator:
2008 – 2009 Art Foundation, Colchester Institute, Essex
2009 – 2012 BA Hons, Fine Art Sculpture, Norwich School of the Arts, Norfolk
Emma has always loved sewing, spending much of her spare time knitting and crocheting.
Lisa started her training with the Studio in April 2016. Lisa has been involved with textiles for much of her life, having trained and worked for many years within the field:
City and Guilds – Textiles/Fabric Design and Embroidery, London College of Fashion, London.
Employed making costumes for theatre and television productions.
1986 – 1988 Employed as a carpet restorer, Vigo Gallery, London.
Hannah joined the Studio in 2017. Her background and experience is in costume and interiors.
Making & restoring costumes.
Working exclusively in the West End in wardrobe & freelance prop maker.
Touring Germany with the Vienna Ballet Company as wardrobe mistress.
Before joining our team Hannah worked part-time at a traditional sailmakers which has extended her skills in canvas and rope work.
HND in Costume Interpretation, London College of Fashion
Contact us by phone or email and we can arrange for you to view the rugs.
Call 01787 882214