The World’s Most Famous Museum Carpet: The Ardabil

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by Charles Recknagel.

Ardabil medallion.
Ardabil medallion.

LONDON; July 17, 2010 – The world’s museums are full of splendid carpets but the most famous of all is the Ardabil.

One big reason is simply its size: 38 feet long (11.5 meters) by 18 feet wide (5.5 meters).

That is so large that the curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London had to make a choice.

They could either keep it on permanent display or not display it at all, because it would be far too much work to just bring it out occasionally.

So, the V&A built a special gallery for it where it is spread in its full glory across the floor and is protected by a glass box.

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