Textiles & Carpets

Behar Profex - carpet restoration

 Moth Shield Ltd, 11 Sunbury Avenue, Mill Hill, London NW7 3SL

 020 8959 5877



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 some of the largest department stores in the UK, Behar Profex is a most popular and trusted rug care company. Pictured: a Fine Persian Kashan discoloured by an on-site carpet cleaner containing bleach, before and after specialist cleaning and treatment.

 14 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0QP

 020 7931 9998



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.

 Head office: C4 The Courtyard, Brownlow Street, Stamford PE9 2EL

 tel: 01780 239594; mobile: 07885 757796


 Stamford Concession: St Martin's Antique Centre, 23a High Street, Stamford PE9 2LF

 tel: 01780 481158


 Holt Concession: Holt Antiques & Interiors Centre, Candlestick Lane, Holt NR25 6SU

 tel: 01263 478110


 London Warehouse: By Appointment Only

 mobile: 07885 757796



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. Please call for opening hours at each location. Call for opening times.

 23 Sydney Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 2LR

 020 3489 9978


 Showroom Jason D'Souza, 1/6 Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, SW10 0XE,

 020 7351 4440



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.

 116 Sheering Mill Lane, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9ND

 01279 833415

 The Workhouse, Presteign Ind. Estate, Powys, , LD8 2UF

 01544 267849

 Pontbrendu, Llanybydder, Ceredigion, , SA40 9UJ

 01570 480610

 Studio 28, Liddell Road off Maygrove Rd, London, , NW6 2EW

 020 7328 4844

 31 East 32nd Street, New York, N. Y., U.S.A., 10016

 001 877 784 3463

 15 Argyle Street, Bath, Avon, BA2 4BQ

 01225 465558

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