A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets
Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 14 November 2009 through 18
The Coronation Carpet
The Ardabil Carpet
LACMA's two spectacular Persian carpets, the Ardabil Carpet and the
Coronation Carpet, are seldom shown to the public. The reason is their
sensitivity to light.
The Coronation Carpet is made in Persia circa 1520-1530. The size is
276 x 144 in. (701 x 365.76 cm).
The Ardabil Carpet is dated 1539–1540 and the size is 282 x 156 in.
(716.3 x 396.2 cm).
These large and renowned carpets will now be shown together from 14
November 2009 through 18 January 2010. Both carpets are donated by J.
Paul Getty in 1965 to Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
LACMA's Ardabil Carpet has a mate, which is in the collection of
Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Ardabil Carpet from the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art was cleaned and repaired in 2004 after
international conservation efforts at the Royal Palace Textile
Conservation Studios in London.
On 5 December 2009, 2pm, Dr. Jon Thompson will speak about the
exciting history of LACMA’s Ardabil carpet and its mate. Thompson has
written extensively on Safavid Iran, carpet weaving, and the nomadic
people of the Middle East.
Location and more information: Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles,
Read more about the Ardabil
Jozan Magazine 15 October 2009