Traditional Upholstery is an ancient method of upholstering furniture using traditional methods and materials. Carlos to this day still uses horsehair, cotton linters, individual springs, jute scrim, and webbing’s to upholster furniture in the traditional method when a customer requests so. Carlos is one of the few upholsterers that remain who specialize in traditional upholstery, and due to his dedication, he has been given the opportunity to showcase his refined skills for some high profile clients and projects.
This specialization in traditional upholstery provides clients the opportunity to repair their antique pieces of furniture, who up until walking into Provincial Upholstery’s workshop, were reluctant to trust/invest in repairing their antiques for the sake of retaining their authenticity and value. Clients can confide in Carlos’s legitimate methods and materials in traditional upholstery and that he follows through accordingly. Carlos’s work has had the approval of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (now Sydney Living Museums), which places great emphasis on period authenticity and fine craftsmanship in the upholstery and soft furnishings work that it commissions for its important historic houses. His work for the Trust includes the upholstery of significant furniture in the State Rooms of Government House, Sydney, where only work of the highest standards is displayed.
The materials used when undergoing traditional upholstery include horse hair, white linters, jute scrim, flax twine, and herringbone webbing. An example of his dedication to authenticity is shown through the use of flax twine to hand stitch the edges of a hand-teased horse hair padded seat which achieves the desired angles and height required to truly recreate a stitched edge seat according to its period.
The images shown are just one wing chair that Carlos has re-upholstered using traditional methods and materials. In the images, you are able to see the process involved in re-upholstery.