Rug cleaning and restoration specialists, with over a century of experience, from great grandfather to great-grandson, providing specialised cleansing, repair, restoration, fringe reweaving and stain removal services. As the fourth generation of rug experts, Robert Behar personally attends to each customer and oversees his team offering specialist advice for each particular situation. Collaborating with museums, stately homes and the some of the largest department stores in the UK, Behar Profex is a most popular and trusted rug care company.
Originally started as G J. Turner & Co. Ltd. in 1899 by the current owner's grandfather, Brian Turner Trimmings manufactures hand-made trimmings for some of the most prestigious interiors around the world. They can also reproduce any antique or historical trimming or design new items to fit the latest interior, and these can be made from any yarn - from pure silk or hemp to paper or metal.
Fine Cell Work is a charity and social enterprise that runs rehabilitation projects in 30 British prisons by training prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework, undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells, to foster hope, discipline and self-belief. The work produced in prison includes stitching needlepoint and embroidered cushions, bags, wall hangings and patchwork quilts. They even offer a tapestry finishing service. Products are of a superb quality as prisoners are taught by experienced volunteers, including members of the Embroiderers and Quilters Guilds. They can also be commissioned to produce high quality bespoke pieces at competitive prices.
The Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Studio, based at Hampton Court Palace, have an experienced staff of highly skilled professional hand embroiderers. They create beautiful bespoke commissions for the future as well as bringing historical textiles back to life through conservation and restoration. They offer a professional service from restoring hangings, panels and furnishings to interpreting original artwork into embroidered and embellished pieces. Clients receive the highest level of technical skill and customer service and there's a flexible working space that can accommodate projects of all sizes.
With a qualification from art college, a history of learning the craft of rug weaving, spinning and design and travelling the world, Rachel Simpson went on to perfect the technique of rug and textile restoration. She originally studied in the UK with Persian and western rug dealers, then travelled and studied in Turkey and finally led a team of restorers for six years in India. Rachel believes that the skill of restoration is not only in technical capability but also ensuring the use of the correct technique for each job, so nothing is 'over-restored'. There is always a minimum of three ways to tackle the restoration of each carpet and it is important to understand how the item was originally damaged and how traffic and usage will ultimately affect the piece. Opening hours Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.
Wendy Cushing is an expert in creating historical passementerie and has been involved in many historical restoration projects over the years, including for a great many Royal Palaces. She has always valued the importance of recreating history by making historical trimmings using the same skills and equipment used in that period. She also supplies stock collections of handcrafted tassels, braids, fringes and tie-backs.