Carpets form some of the most vulnerable artefacts in historic houses across the UK, and it is vital for anyone tasked with cleaning or caring for these valuable items to have the appropriate levels of knowledge, skills and training. This should include identification of the carpet's construction, its general condition, any specific damage, its future performance and how it might best be preserved for the longer term.


With this in mind we have produced a detailed training manual entitled GUIDELINES FOR THE ROUTINE CARE OF HISTORIC CARPETS AND RUGS. The manual aims to enable conservators, and those who care for collections on a daily basis, to carry out audits and apply appropriate methodologies for routine cleaning and maintenance.


The manual costs £20 plus £5 p&p and can be ordered directly from this page.



A comprehensive guide for conservators and carers of historic carpets. Over 70 A4 pages written by professionals with many years specialised industry experience.


Topics covered include :

  • Understanding carpet construction (types, fibres, dyes and structure)

  • Understanding carpet condition (Assessments, issues, surveying and documenting)

  • Appropriate carpet care (handling, storing, cleaning and maintaining)

Note : The guide does not cover repairs.


Glyn Charnock NCCA

Glyn is an experienced professional carpet and upholstery cleaner with over 20 years of working in the commercial carpet cleaning sector. Over the past 7 years Glyn, formerly the Training Director of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, has been collaborating with conservators to help establish practical methods of cleaning historic carpets in situ by adapting commercial techniques and equipment to suit conservation requirements.

Ksynia Marko ACR

Ksynia has over 40 years experience of caring for textile collections, including carpets, both in museums and historic houses. Ksynia has collaborated in research projects ranging from the assessment and effects of dust deposition and wet cleaning techniques, to the effects of wheelchair traffic on carpets and underlays. She retired as the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Adviser in 2018 but continues to work as a freelance consultant.


The manual costs £20 plus £5 p&p for UK customers and we accept payment by bank transfer. Please complete this form and we will email you payment details to confirm your order.

(If you live outside of the UK, please contact us for a cost including postage to your country).

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