OBJECTIVE OF THE FINISHING
What one will call finishing in the case of a tapestry, complying with the code
of practice, will limit to three things: To display, To relieve, To protect.
Hanging a Tapestry.
What one requests to this textile œuvre is firstly, and generally, to
fall as naturally as possible from top to bottom. In the second order place one
would want that the weight of the tapestry does not pull down too extremely on
the parts fixed at the wall. It will be also wanted that hanging seems free and
moving what is obtained by a small space between it and the wall, what tapestry win
in add to be ventilated then preventing the insects and the
mould to settle. Finally as one has seen in the chapter
Use & Display,
in order that hanging look falling right, the stitches used do should not
exaggeratedly distort the tapestry.
To relieve the structure of the tapestry.
The goal is that the weight of the tapestry be not too heavy on each mural
fixing. It is easy enough to distribute this weight on the totality of the
width. The simplest means, used today by museums and professionals of the
preservation themselves, is the band with micro-hooks like Velcro ® for
example. A second means consists to the use of a rod passed in a bracket bent
sewed at the reverse of the tapestry or envisaged at the time of the lining
To protect from the aggressions outsides.
The lining protects the stitches and threads remained on the reverse of the
tapestry which are weakened by their ends or spanning several centimetres. Note
however that over a long period, the lining will retain also the dust which
could have cross the tapestry by its obverse. That has its importance because
the event of complete cleaning this lining will entirely have to be removed. The
lining can be also deemed as a masking of a tangle of threads of the back of the
tapestry. Nevertheless take count that this tangle of threads allows to
authenticate which technique was used for the making of the tapestry. By leaving
the bottom of the lining not sewn, like we laud for another reason in the
chapter, the expert will easily recognize a needle-worked
a hand woven or mechanically woven ones.