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The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets at LACMA


An unbelievable chance to see two highly distinguished carpets in person is soon to come!  Rarely exhibited due to size and sensitivity to light, both The Coronation Carpet, and [one of the] twin Ardabil Carpet[s] will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from November 14, 2009 through January 18, 2010. 

Highlight:  On December 5, 2:00 pm, carpet expert Dr. Jon Thompson speaks about the unique and interesting history of these two incredible pieces of art. See more...

Coronation Carpet


Iran, Islamic; Safavid
Coronation Carpet, circa 1520-1530
Carpet, Wool, 276 x 144 in. (701 x 365.76 cm)
Gift of J. Paul Getty (49.8)


Ardebil Carpet 


Iran, tabriz, Islamic; Safavid
ardabil carpet, dated 1539-40 (A.H. 946)
Carpet, silk plain weave foundation with wool knotted pile, 283 x 157 1/2 in. (718.82 x 400.05 cm)
Gift of J. Paul Getty (53.50.2)


"Renowned carpet expert Dr. Jon Thompson speaks about the exciting history of LACMA’s Ardabil carpet and its mate, which is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Thompson has written extensively on Safavid Iran, carpet weaving, and the nomadic people of the Middle East.
December 5, 2pm, Bing Theater. Free, no reservations." - LACMA



Dr. K



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