• To collect images and information on every significant European tapestry and figurative textile.
  • To identify, classify, cross-reference and conserve these.
  • To collect books, related articles, and documentation on design, commissioning, origin, production, use, value, provenance in order to increase knowledge on the subject
  • To increase appreciation and understanding of this art form.


A unique record of every known tapestry produced and contains approximately 200,000 images. This collection has proved invaluable for scholars working within the field and is the best of its kind anywhere.

Linda Parry, Former Keeper of Textiles, The Victoria and Albert Museum



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