This poster explores an Islamic Talismanic shirt in the collection of the GWU
Museum/Textile Museum, including historical context, technical analysis, and
potential treatment options. The shirt is inscribed with sacred text, and is
part of a long Islamic tradition of God's-word-as-shield. The...
Ideal textile preservation conditions include stable temperature and
humidity, limited lighting, and no pests. Museums cannot provide perfect
conditions as they display their collections to the public, and historic
house museums have additional difficulty. Existing structures are...
At the Paris World's Fair of 1878, visitors could view a Persian carpet
created with a Polish royal family coat of arms. This type of carpet was
dubbed a "Polonaise" kilim in 1878. The term, still used by many, refers
to kilims actually made not in Poland, but in Persia during the Safavid...