Conservation Efforts Bring Fragile Persian Carpet into Public View

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a priceless 16th century Persian carpet in 1943, but, due to its fragility, has only been able to display it twice in the 60 years that followed. Made of wool and silk, the Emperor’s Carpet is one of the finest Persian carpets in the Met’s collection. In order to share it with visitors on a regular basis, conservators needed to stabilize its condition, first by undoing previous conservation attempts and then by addressing the damage and wear on the 400 year old carpet.

In 2006, the Museum embarked on this ambitious conservation project.  In the video, Conserving the Emperor’s Carpet, produced by the Met, you will hear from the conservators involved in the project, and see video and images from each stage, which included removing layers of patches previously sewn on, and attaching a wool fabric backing to give the carpet needed support.

During the course of the project, conservators had the opportunity to analyze the techniques, materials, and dyes used to create the carpet, and to study the carpet’s selvedge under a microscope, providing a rare chance to examine the weaving techniques used in these ancient carpets.

Today, the delicate fibers of the Emperor’s Carpet have been reinforced and supported by these conservation efforts, preventing further deterioration and making it possible for the carpet to be publicly displayed. “It is so exciting that now, as a result of this conservation campaign, the public can experience the carpet as never before,” concludes Sheila Canby, the Met’s Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art.

Watch the video here, which details the conservation of the Emperor’s Carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Gallery Systems’ client.

2017-06-28T16:18:47+00:00 By |Conservation|12 Comments

About the Author:

Sheena Archer
Sheena Archer is the Director of Marketing at Gallery Systems and has over 10 years of experience in Marketing and Communications for technology companies. Sheena holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a diploma in graphic design. When she’s not building marketing plans, designing websites or interviewing clients, you can find her growing vegetables, walking the world’s cutest dog or attempting to turn herself into a human yoga pretzel.


  1. Bbmjkpraith September 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    cash and payday loans – same day loans no credit [url=]payday loan online[/url] ’

  2. Vsplfutle September 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    installment loans no credit check – cheap loans bad credit [url=]quick cash[/url] ’

  3. OlfikShume September 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    payday loans in 1 hour – bad credit payday loans no faxing [url=]online payday loan[/url] ’

  4. Lmmnglisa September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    debt help – car title payday loan [url=]easy personal loans[/url] ’

  5. Bbnvenfogy September 20, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    debt consolidation loans bad credit – quick low interest payday loan [url=]pay day loan[/url] ’

  6. Larrova September 21, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Cialis Urologie [url= ]cheap cialis[/url] Propecia Sell
    Kamagra Boite Canada Drugstore Generic Pharmacy
    Generic Online Pharmacy buy cialis Online Cialis With No Prescription

  7. Gghnextern September 21, 2017 at 1:52 am

    instant payday loans – 1000 faxless payday loan [url=]cash advance[/url] ’

  8. loan online September 21, 2017 at 2:59 am – payday loans no
    credit check
    online payday loans
    online loans

  9. Necxsletty September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Very good website you possess here.

  10. NaxrCrusty September 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Appreciate it for sharing your awesome web-site.

  11. Ldcvatromy September 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Maintain the good job and delivering in the crowd!

  12. Gbwpreath September 21, 2017 at 10:42 am

    best debt consolidation loan payday loans online payday loans in [url=]no credit check loans[/url] ’

Leave A Comment


Join Our Community

Get our best collection management tips, trends and articles in your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thanks for signing up to get industry news and resources delivered straight to your inbox.