January 08, 2022
It is a very great privilege to be requested to assist in the well being and active curation of what is probably the largest William Morris carpet in extent. The carpet of approx 75 sq. mt weighs in excess of 600 kilos is an enormous logistical undertaking.
The carpet was originally made for the Wyndham family at Clouds House designed by Philip Webb who had done the Red House for William Morris. In the 1920s the Wyndham family had a house sale and the present owners grandfather ( a contemporary of Morris ) purchased the carpet for the Gloucestershire house where it has remained ever since.
Having proposed that the carpet be fully conserved in three phases thus far have achieved the first stage in 2021 with a complete washing offsite and retention of some areas. In 2022 and 2023 is hoped to do additional conservation and the replacement of some old restoration.
March 12, 2022
December 12, 2021