The Ardabil Carpets

The Ardabil Carpet is one of the world’s oldest carpets, as well as one of the largest ever woven. It is the most beautiful and historic importance extravagant. Not only is it stunning just by itself, but it is bound with the greatest political dynasty of Persia(modern-day Iran).

The Ardabil Carpet, located at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

This particular carpet was made for the shrine of Safi al-Din Ardabili and was one of a matching pair. In the present time, The completed Ardabil carpet is laid upon the main Islamic Art Gallery in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the historic city of London, England. The other carpet(twin) is in the LA County Museum of Art, right here stateside.

The Ardabil Carpet at V & A Museum, London, England

The size of this carpet is one a kind that pictures cannot justify. This impressive size is 34′ 6″ by 17′ 6″, which is unthinkable to weave in the early 16th century. A central medallion dominates the rug, with lamps appearing to be hanging at either end. Historians have art have debated the meaning of two lamps for centuries, and the consensus concludes that this was done to create a perspective effect. This means that both lamps appear to the naked eye as the same size.

The Ardabil Carpet at Abu Rugs & Home is truly a masterpiece replication of almost a 5-century old carpet. This piece is gorgeous to look at, and the size is not to be taken lightly, coming in at 12′ by 16′ 2″. This carpet is part of our museum collection, where we collect extraordinary rugs from around the world. The Ardabil at Abu Rugs is made in Pakistan and has a knot count of over 600 kpsi. Made with contents of both Silk and Wool, this is a heavy foot traffic rug lasting for the next few centuries, if taken properly cared for. The color is navy and red but should be looked at in real time as perception changes with the beholder. Hope you enjoyed our blog on The Ardabil Carpet, and are most welcomed to take a look at the one in Jamestown, North Carolina.