Technique, history of the conservation of knotted carpets & solutions for treating lacunae (ONLINE)

7th November 2022

Tecniche di esecuzione del tappeto annodato (Simona Morales)

  • introduction to the making technique of carpets from archaeology to modern times (looms, symmetrical knot Ghiordes, asymmetric knot senneh, sumak).

 Gli interventi di restauro del passato nell'arte del tappeto antico (Luca Brancati)

  • an overview of the different techniques used in the past for the restoration of knotted carpets and the variety of approaches that impose design caution on nowadays conservators.

8th November 2022

Solutions for treating lacunae (Rachele di Gioia)

  • Presentation of the consolidation methods for ancient carpets between minimal approach and intervention.

Case studies (Rachele di Gioia)

  • Presentation of two case studies: the Ushak Lotto carpet of the Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi in Varese and the Ushak medallion carpet from the Giorgio Franchetti collection at Ca' d'Oro in Venice.


4 hours
170.00 VAT exempt ex art. 10

Simona Morales

Conservator and university lecturer, trained at the Opificio delle Pietre dure in Florence (three years 1998-2000) and specialized in the restoration of textile artefacts (2001). In 2004 she founded Centro Restauro Tessile di Simona Morales in Turin, dedicated to the restoration of textiles, tapestries and carpets and collaborating with public and private institutions. From 2013 to today she teaches at the University of Turin for the Degree Course in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage; from 2007 to 2022 she is lecturer at the University of Palermo. She has written and published articles on the restoration of textile artifacts and since 2004 has participated in “Lo Stato dell’Arte”, an annual conference organized by IGIIC.


Luca Brancati

Graduated in medieval art history, his specialization concerns the ancient pictorial depictions of oriental carpets in Western art. His research also includes the theory and restoration of knotted carpets, a subject to which he has dedicated publications and contributions to conferences. Curator of exhibitions and author of numerous articles and essays, consultant for publishing houses, lecturer, collector, associates the entrepreneurial activity in the field of restoration of cultural heritage to that of expert in the specific field of carpets and tapestries.


Rachele Di Gioia

Conservator of textile and leather artefacts, graduated from the University of Turin in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with a thesis project concerning the restoration of an Anatolian carpet of the Pogliaghi Collection of Varese. Thanks to the contribution of the Cologni Foundation, in 2021 she collaborated on the restoration of a precious Ushak Medallion carpet from the Franchetti collection of Ca’ d’Oro. From the beginning of her training she developed a deep passion for the art of the carpet that today translates into the desire to return a deontological approach to the conservation and restoration of this type of artefacts, through a dialogue between the scientific-experimental disciplinary and historical-artistic area.