PARIS (Reuters) – An ornate tapestry woven within the early 1800s and rescued from Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral after an enormous hearth in April is happening public show for under the third time in current a long time.
Donated to the cathedral in 1841 by King Louis-Philippe of France, the 25-metre (82 ft) lengthy rug with its vibrant cornucopias and vivid crowns of flowers was traditionally rolled out on particular events, together with the go to of Pope John Paul II in 1980.
When firefighters hauled the water-logged rug from the blackened inside of the cathedral days after the April 15 inferno it weighed two tons, twice its traditional weight.
Restorers used a wind tunnel to assist dry the tapestry earlier than freezing it to kill off any fungi and parasites which may eat away on the weaving, mentioned Herve Lemoine, director of France’s Mobilier National, which oversees the nation’s assortment of useful furnishings and artworks.
“It suffered water damage during the operation to contain the fire. As you can imagine, with the heat of the fire, and also because at that time we were entering into summer, there was a risk fungi and parasites could damage the weaving,” Le Moine mentioned.
The tapestry has solely been on public show twice prior to now 30 years. It will probably be open to public view on the Mobilier National throughout Paris’ European Heritage Days on Sept. 21-22.
Reporting by Noemie Olive and Kathryn Carlson; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Susan Fenton