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My mother and father received two machine made tapestries as a wedding present - about 75 years ago.  We believe these are Italian. We have mounted one in a frame covered with glass.  Our question regards the glass; should we cover the tapestry with glass or without?   How can we identify them - one shows Roman women reclining and read a letter and the other is couples doing the minuet.  Thank you in advance.

Hi Sal,

Thank you for your question :)

The Glass / No Glass Question - That is a personal preference. From a conservation point of view, it wont make much of a difference. Most of the machine made Tapestries do not have a significant resale value so you should not be thinking "investment" but rather enjoyment.

As of identification, most of the machine made tapestries were made in England and Italy. Sometimes it is very difficult to tell which was made where but you can submit a couple of pictures if you want to give it a try.

For more info about Antique Tapestries:

Hope I was helpful,


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