Restoration Workshops

TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS

  • Glass

    Glass, mirror and frame works of palaces, pavilions, mansions and factories, outbuildings and new buildings of our Department are carried out in accordance with its purpose.

  • Stucco

    The maintenance and repair of stucco sidings of the historical palaces, pavilions, mansions and outbuildings of the National Palaces are carried out during restorations. The word stucco simply means imitation of marble, and it consists of a mixture of earthen plaster, alabaster plaster, natural pigments (powder paint), rabbit-skin glue and is glazed with wax polish. Color and aesthetics of stucco are endless. It is lighter than marble and is applied to the interior of buildings. It also has the feature of keeping the places warm. If it is well maintained, it strengthens and becomes more durable.

  • Ironworks

    Restoration and manufacturing of iron, hot iron and tin (zinc) of buildings connected to National Palaces, welding of iron and cast iron, repair of cast light poles and their hoods, attaining iron construction works, manufacturing new works, as well as repair and renovations are done.

  • Lead

    The maintenance, repair and construction of the palace, mansion, pavilion, factory, social facilities and all kinds of supplementary buildings, main buildings and outbuildings of the Department are carried out by the workshop. The scrap lead that is recovered from the restoration works are transported to the furnace in the Lead Casting Workshop and cast. Mold lead obtained from scrap lead is processed in a rolling machine to produce sheet lead. The sheets, each rolled separately, are carried to the roof one by one. In lead coating, the lead coating of parapet wall façades, wall tops and eaves are completed together. On the lead coated roofs, the contaminants brought by the birds and the trees are cleaned, and the clamps are maintained periodically.

  • Carpentry

    The workshop carries out carpentry and woodworks of all buildings belonging to National Palaces. The work includes hardwood, lathe, carving, hardwood flooring, as well as furniture restoration and renovation works are made in accordance with its purpose.

  • Parquet

    The workshop manages the polishing duties (wax polish, mat-gloss varnish) on the original parquet and wooden floors of the historical buildings within the Department, in accordance with its purpose.

OBJECT RESTORATION WORKSHOPS

  • Wood & Lathe

    The Wood-Lathe Workshop makes the production of the missing or damaged parts of the historical furniture (armchair, sofa, table, cupboard, chair, console, etc.) which have undergone the necessary restoration by lathing. The workshop is responsible for providing support services by lathing the furniture produced in the Furniture Restoration Workshop and keeping in-house records of these activities (documentation, report, workshop record book). It also produces wooden components of architectural elements.

  • Gold Leaf

    The workshop restores the enriching penwork and gold leaf ornaments on the walls and ceilings of palaces, mansions and pavilions connected to the National Palaces, as well as the carrying out the restoration of deteriorated penwork and gold leaf movable objects. These works are carried out by the master craftsmen of the workshop in stages such as inspection, consolidation and cleaning, and the spilled and lost parts are aesthetically integrated. 23 carat gold foil is used in leaf restorations, applying water based (Ottoman gilding) and oil based adhesion techniques. In the water based bonding technique the golden foil is first glued, then it is given the appearance of solid gold by polishing it with tools called “mazgala” or “mühre” that are made of agate stone, ivory, or wolf tooth. In oil based bonding technique, foil is attached on the base varnish.

  • Book Restoration

    Book Restoration Workshop restores the National Palaces Collection of books, documents, calligraphy, as well as the leather and paper works. Applications include surface cleaning, smoothing, pressing and completing deficiencies with recyclable materials that match the original format. The binding restorations, maintenance of the watercolor paintings in the National Palaces Collection and the books in the Caliph Abdülmecid Efendi Library are carried out in the Binding Workshop. The additional tasks of the Binding-Paper Workshop are to identify and supply any material deficiencies related to restoration and new productions, and to keep in-house record of the restoration (documentation, report, workshop record).

  • Locksmith

    The primary duty of the locksmith workshop is to carry out regular maintenance and repairs of the historical locks, padlocks and door knobs, and manufacture new components according to the original. Also workshop specializes in various mechanical applications such as key making, door hydraulic settings, machine repair, mushroom barrier repair, various welding, lathe, milling, grinding, leveling and others. It also provides support services for restoration projects of other restoration workshops.

  • Tile & Stove

    The Tile Stove Workshop is responsible for the repair of ceramics and ceramic stoves in our collection and keeping in-house records of these works (documentation, reports, workshop records). Applications include assembling parts with relevant materials, making internal plaster-metal sheet-clay connections, and performing aesthetic completion while adhering to the original shape and pattern. Reassembly of the stoves in the warehouses, and the process of drawing the assembly are among the tasks of the workshop.

  • Carpet & Rug

    The Carpet-Kilim Workshop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of carpets and rugs decorating the floors of some palaces and pavilions, and keeping workshop records (documentation, conformity, workshop registry) of the works. Carpet maintenance and repair also includes the detection of missing parts and strengthening of weak parts, as well as cleaning and repair with suitable materials.

  • Metal

    Metal Restoration and Conservation Workshop carries out restorations for the metalworks in the National Palaces Collection: statues, coffee tables, medals, weapons, cooking tools and others. Applications include surface cleaning of the work by mechanical or chemical methods, joining the parts in accordance with the original shape and decoration, and completing the missing areas by casting similar materials. The workshop is also responsible for evaluating the conservation status of works that will enter or leave the institution (domestic and abroad) for exhibition purposes, and to keep in-house records (documentation, reports, workshop records) of the restorations. The personnel working in the palaces, pavilions and mansions are trained by the workshop staff on basic conservation issues.

  • Clockwork

    The Clock Restoration Workshop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of historical clocks and to manufacture the missing parts in accordance with the original, as well as ensuring that the clocks are in working condition by performing periodic checks. The workshop also keeps records of the applications performed in the workshop (documentation, reports, workshop records). The Clock Restoration Workshop is also responsible for evaluating the status of the works that will be exhibited at home and abroad.

  • Porcelain & Glass

    Porcelain-Glass Restoration and Conservation Workshop is where works of ceramic, glass, porcelain, marble, ivory and decorative stone are included in the National Palaces Collection are restored and repaired. Restoration applications include fitting the parts together with suitable and recyclable materials, completing the missing areas and aesthetic repairs without leaving the original form and pattern characteristics of the work. The duties of the workshop extend to performing surface cleaning, packaging and handling transport operations of the works to be exhibited, evaluating the conservation status of the works to be exhibited outside the institution (domestic and abroad), and to keep records of the restorations in the workshop (documentation, reports, workshop records). In addition, the personnel of the palaces, pavilions and mansions are trained by the workshop staff on basic conservation issues related to porcelain and glass works.

  • Textile

    Textile Restoration and Conservation Workshop is responsible for performing the restoration and conservation of textile materials such as clothes, screens, furniture upholstery fabrics, curtains, roller blinds, sheets, prayer rugs, bed covers, and such. Further duties include determining the conservation status of the works that will enter or go out of the institution (domestic and abroad), and to keep in-house records (documentation, reports, workshop records) of the restorations. Applications include mechanical cleaning of the artifacts, repairs in accordance with the original shape and decoration, and patching the missing areas with suitable materials. It is among the duties of the workshop to provide training to the personnel of palaces, pavilions and mansions, as well as ensuring that all kinds of materials related to restoration are supplied.