War of Troy Tapestry returns to the V&A

Once a jewel of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the War of Troy Tapestry was removed from exhibit twenty years ago "when it became too damaged to display." Now, after 4,000 hours of restoration, the tapestry will once again take a place of honor in the museum. (photos)

The wool and silk tapestry, measuring 13ft by 23ft (4m by 7m), was originally woven between 1460 and 1490 in the Netherlands as part of an 11-piece set owned by Charles VIII of France. It depicts stories from the Trojan War. The restoration process included a wet cleaning in Belgium, fabric repair, and a a new linen lining. Frances Hartog, one of the conservators, said: "Before we started work, it looked like an old rag because so much of the original fabric had rotted away and there were huge patches of daylight where the fragile fibres had disintegrated."