Textile Restoration

MPF Conservation restores, conserves and preserves all types of textiles in their studio in Portland Oregon.

Often textile conservation is done in conjunction with an upholstery project, however few of those will be shown here as they are discussed with the upholstery projects.

Painted map of California circa 1950,
right, from Kate’s collection.

This section is for textiles in their own right, which includes the items listed below:

For further information on institutional textiles visit these institutional clients:


Foxing needs to be understood as it is mentioned often in textile conservation. Foxing shows up as small rust-colored spots, sometimes like flecks and sometimes round, example shown left in a historic Wrench quilt from the Tualatin Historical Society. It cannot be removed, as it is an interaction between specific mold spores and mineral oxides, however, it is NOT mold, but a by-product. It doesn’t “damage” the fiber per se but should not be allowed to proliferate if possible as it is unsightly, so items with foxing should be stored separately from items without it.

Note: Make it a habit not to touch an item with
foxing then touch one without foxing.

Below, examples of the many types of textiles treated.

To see the many other objects we restore, visit our home page.

To understand how to care for these and many objects, read the article below:

Note: Our studio is not open for drop-in-business;
please make an appointment with us to make sure we are available.