Coats of Arms are made following appliqué, a technique that consists in stitching pieces of fabric on another base fabric to form, as in collage, a predetermined pattern.
Historically, Coats of Arms have been one of the Royal Tapestry Factory’s specialties, and they still decorate important Spanish institutions or private homes around the world.
The nature of the fabrics that make up the Coat of Arms can be very diverse: cotton, velvet, silk satin, damask, linen, gold and silver tissues, lamé etc. The stitching and embroidery process of appliqué is completely handmade.
The Royal Tapestry Factory offers the client the possibility to design any order for a Coast of Arms, adapting the main motifs and complementary decoration to the client’s specific needs (format, size, materials, colours, etc.).
Restoring a Coat of Arms is a highly demanding task whose objective is to mend the damage caused by inadequate conservation conditions.
When restoring Coats of Arms, the Royal Tapestry Factory uses criteria, procedures and methods which are internationally approved for the restoration of historical textiles. Thanks to its extensive experience in the making of Coats of Arms, the Royal Tapestry Factory has specialized personnel at its disposal, and an exclusive range of suitable materials for the restoration of Coats of Arms.
The materials and products used in the restoration of Coats of Arms are neutral, i.e, they do not damage the piece or pose a threat to the environment and abide by regulations on the prevention of occupational hazards.
The diversity of the materials that make up Coats of Arms turns their cleaning into a complex task that must be executed by well-experienced professionals.
The cleaning process requires control and care, as well as previous testing in order to identify and sort out problems with each of the fragments making up the Coat of Arms. Therefore, we have qualified professionals in the preservation of Coats of Arms and other current and historical textiles, and a dyeing room specially meant for carrying out the dyes’ solubility analysis.
If, by dint of its nature, the Coat of Arms cannot be water-washed, we have a variety of procedures and technologies that enable us to restore the textile’s flexibility and strength without causing thermal or mechanical issues.