Places, events, people and the rugs themselves have had a major influence on the art of rug weaving. In order to provide all of our valued customers with a better understanding of this art, we have compiled information about the most significant time periods and the most famous rugs in history.
Ardabil Carpet in Victoria & Albert Museum in London
The nearly identical Ardabil Carpets were woven in 1539 and 1540, and they both have the name of their designer, Maqsud of Kashan, woven into the material. These carpets were created during Shah Tahmasp's reign, and they are both hanging in museums. Each of these handmade area rugs has a silk foundation, features 300 asymmetric knots per each square inch and measures 17' 6" by 36' 6".
The Ardabil Carpets are currently hanging in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Unfortunately, the one in Los Angeles is missing its borders, but these fragments allowed the carpet in London to be fully restored.