Working for the Royals

A small South West based company is the only one in the world which conserves old British carpets.

The Tetley Workshop has a Royal Warrant, meaning it has worked on some prestigious material over the years.

A huge fire at Windsor Castle, 19 years ago, saw massive damage to the historic carpets. The Tetley workshop was asked to restore the important material.

Heather Tetley, from the company, said: "There was an Axminster which was about 52 foot long which took us a year to work on.

"Then we were in Windsor Castle for about three months working on the carpet in the Waterloo chamber which was 80 foot long by 40 foot wide.

"They took all the Rolls Royces out of the royal garage and set up a platform for us in there."

As a company with a Royal Warrant the Tetley Workshop staff have carried out the conservation of the Stateroom carpets at Buckingham Palace.

They have also worked on a variety of rugs and tapestries from Clarence House and the Royal Lodge at Windsor.

Another big project for the family run business was the conservation of the collection of 157 carpets from Brodsworth Hall in Doncaster for English Heritage.

Work can take months, but the carpets do need to maintain a very high quality. At Windsor Castle alone, 90,000 people walk on them each week.

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