In a time record and with high professionalism, the technical staff of the museum of the holy shrine of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) have finished all the works of the maintenance and restoration of the handmade carpets of the Iraqi Heritage Department at the Iraqi Tourism Ministry. This national treasure is one of the heritage that was neglected but the staff of the museum from the carpet department have harnessed all their efforts to restore it.
repairing and restoring the carpets is a further step added to a series of steps designed to preserve the heritage of the this great country and to support its archaeological culture, which is part of its historical identity.
The head of the museum department, Mr. Sadeq Lazem spoke to the Al-Kafeel Network about this achievement saying: "The Directorate of the Heritage department owns about 270 handmade carpets that it has maintained and sustained as it is the only heritage material of the Iraqi museum. Those carpets are luxurious that belong to various time periods and with beautiful motifs and designs, which encouraged us to continue the maintenance works. They are also considered as a valuable study source for the researchers and the fans of the weaving art of handmade carpet. Our work was not limited to the restoration and maintenance, but we have also created a storing environment suitable for this material according to the international norms, starting with the creation of the place and spraying it with pesticides that prevent the exposure of the carpet to any future damage, in addition to putting on bearings, which were also manufactured by our staff, as well as the use of a complete database in a special electronic program for the carpets, which is similar to the program adopted at the holy shrines stores, that include the code of each carpet, its dimensions and origin with its image, to make a widget hanged to each rug as an identity card by which it is possible to identify each of them."
It is worth mentioning that, because of the cumulative experience in the field of the maintenance and restoration of old handmade carpets, of the staff working at the Al-Kafeel Museum Department at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, who have own all that expertise as result of their involvement in several theory and practice courses given by the most skilled professionals in this field, and because they are the only ones in Iraq who have the skills and the accuracy in this craft, the Directorate of the heritage department of the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism has hired them to restore and maintain all its handmade carpets.