What else could be found in a Persian Rug Gallery?..You may be asking yourself after watching C.B.S news recently. They covered the discovery of King Henry VIII tapestry you can read the original article here LINK or watch the video. Mr. Behnam Tavakolian from Behnam Persian Rug Gallery gives his expert opinion to this news.
“I am not surprised to see a lost treasure has been found somewhere far away from its home and origin. Persian rugs, fine tapestries and textiles in the category of valuable silently being moved because they are easy to transfer and then being hidden for years has happened once again and still they hold their original value tremendously. The recent discovery of a long lost King Henry VIII tapestry in a Persian rug gallery in New York is no exception.”
“I have seen often through the years of been in business, people bring in their family treasures, rugs and tapestries for evaluation and restoration and be totally surprised when we tell them how old and how valuable some of their pieces are.” One recent example is The Zucker family tapestry you can watch the video on our YOUTUBE and also read our blog on how it was restored. LINK
The process starts when a family member ask us to evaluate their grandparents rugs after inheriting it and then request for us to properly take care of it. We appraise and restore hundreds of inherited rugs a year and we always educate the rug owners on how to properly care for their family heritage to make sure their rugs also last generations.
My personal opinion of this “Long- lost tapestry” after watching a video of it and seeing pictures is that this tapestry is a replica. It has been copied from the original design, in material, size, color and workmanship.
The market was flooded with tapestries during the 1980’s to 2000. Persian rug importers with the help of Persian Rug designers from Iran going into China to utilize inexpensive labor produced millions of reproductions of fine tapestries. French tapestry makers also made lots of replicas of original tapestries in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in France.
This tapestry has to be over 400 years old to be King Henry the 8th’s. If it was just stored the raw materials hand crafted from silk, cotton, wool or combination into yarn to make it would have become more oxidized and very fragile even after 100 years due to their organic properties. Still this could be King Henry VIII tapestry if it was kept in a controlled climate storage with the temperature, airflow, and humidity all regulated. The best way to determine the age of any masterpiece is by performing a complete fiber test.
How did King Henry VIII’s tapestry from the palace of Hampton Court of England end up at the Persian Rug Gallery in New York? —You never know, maybe they gave it for restoration and cleaning and never picked it back up.
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