Reprinted from The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)


The deterioration of textiles is often due to a combination of physical, biological, and/or chemical factors working together to cause damage. Inappropriate lighting; improper temperature and relative humidity levels; excessive dust, dirt, and other pollutants; insects; mold and mildew; and incorrect handling all contribute to damage.

Some of the most coveted masterpieces now are the ones on the floor. The race for the world’s top rug collection.

Article Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2010

(Photo: Christie’s)
$9.6 million: This carpet from southeast Iran set a rug record at Christie’s

A leaf-patterned blue rug from the courtly heyday of 17th-century Iran sold at Christie’s this spring for $9.6 million, 20 times its asking price—and the highest price ever paid for a rug. Several months earlier, Sotheby’s sold a rug from the late 1500s for $4.3 million, the going rate for a top sculpture by Alexander Calder.

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