A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets

Category: Exhibitions

Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 14 November 2009 through 18 January 2010

The Coronation Carpet – photo courtesy LACMA

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

The Ardabil Carpet – photo courtesy LACMA

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, California 90036.

Source: LACMA

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