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Subject: Flameproofing velvet curtain

Flameproofing velvet curtain

From: Katharine Untch <kuntch>
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2003
Karin von Lerber <karin.vonlerber [at] prevart__ch> writes

>I have been asked to evaluate the possibility of flame proofing an
>original cinema curtain by the Swiss artist Max Bill

I'm not an expert on applying fire retardants to textiles, but if
you're interested in a replacement curtain, you might try contacting
companies that make curtains for schools and public theatres.  When
I worked in Virginia, we installed a new curtain for our
conservation lab so one space could double as workspace with the
curtain open, and a photo space with the curtain closed.  From a
short distance, the curtain looked very black and almost velvety.

The company that installed it specializes in installing curtains in
elementary school multipurpose rooms and public theatres. Given all
the current fire codes, they were very up to date with the most
appropriate fire retardant fabrics to use in manufacturing the
curtains.  That company was in Virginia, but you must have avenues
in your area as well.  This may not be the route you want to take,
but I thought it might be useful to you (or others) to know about in
any event.

Katharine Untch
Project Specialist, Education
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Fax: 310-440-7712

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