The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is a professional body for the conservation, preservation, protection, care and restoration of our cultural heritage.
Icon raises awareness of the cultural, social and economic value of caring for our heritage and champions high standards of conservation.
Our accredited conservators have many years’ experience in the field of carpet conservation and are specialists in the conservation of European and Oriental carpets including Persian, Axminsters and Aubussons. Accredited members are subject to regular Continuing Professional Development recall and in this way the Institute of Conservation can actively verify that our team of conservators are staying up to date with the latest approaches and technical advances in the sector.
The Conservation Register is the only source for finding approved professionally qualified conservators-restorers.
The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association ( BAFRA) is a national organisation of craftsmen engaged in furniture conservation and restoration. It seeks to act as a bridge between qualified conservator-restorers and those whose love of antique furniture requires the highest standards of conservation and restoration.
The Rug & Carpet Studio is a full member and has passed an exacting assessment of our skills, knowledge and business credentials. We acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in the craft.
The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. Their growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge.
The Rug & Carpet Studio is an official industry partner and has undergone a rigorous application process to be recognised for the quality of our products and specialist knowledge. We engage fully with the membership by working with interior designers who value our specialist knowledge on the history and production of these unique rugs and carpets, along with advice on the various designs, value, suitability and use of the rugs. This knowledge increases awareness of handmade rugs and improve the confidence of designers in their decisions to incorporate our one-off pieces into their projects. We provide continued professional development lectures and workshops for the interior design professionals covering all aspects of rug design, manufacture and placement, together with awareness of the restoration process including conservation and cleaning.
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents over 1,640 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain’s unique heritage.
Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle and Castle Howard, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, and Treowen in Wales. Most are still private family homes. The Rug & Carpet Studio is a corporate member of the Historic Houses Association. Our knowledge of historical carpets and settings and our specialist conservation and restoration skills allows us to offer a whole range of services to historic houses. These range from conserving a carpet in its current condition to prevent further deterioration, cleaning a carpet to sourcing replacements or weaving reproductions.
The National Trust was born in 1895 with the aim of opening up and protecting the beautiful places that people love and enjoy. Centuries on and their commitment to conservation has never been stronger.
As Europe’s largest conservation charity, conservation is a critical part of the National Trust’s strategy and we are delighted to work with them on conservation projects on a number of their historic properties.
Contact us by phone or email and we can arrange for you to view the rugs.
Call 01787 882214