London is known as one of the world capitals of trends and avant-garde, but it is also known for its preservation of the world’s heritage. If you are planning to visit London and you are passionate about Persian carpets, London has a treasure to offer you. In one of the most eclectic and interesting museums in the world, you can find the most fascinating piece of handmade Persian carpets: the Ardebil.
Originally 2 carpets were completed during the rule of the Safavid Shah Tahmasp I in the mid-16th century, probably in Tabriz, a site of royal textile manufacturing.
Both carpets were part of the decoration of the Ardebil Mosque, but around 1840 the city suffered an earthquake and it is believed that to raise funds for the reparation of the mosque, both carpets were sold to a British carpet dealer. The smallest of them was sacrificed to restore the larger Ardebil, which was then sold to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The smallest carpet was left without edges, with the central field missing and made up from the remaining usable sections. Some of its remains passed by different hands until its donation in 1953 to the Museum of Science, History, and Art in the Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
Even though the Ardebil is a unique example of the impressive work a handmade carpet can represent, you can find other handmade carpets which are more accessible and also impressive in their own right. On our website there is a large selection of beautiful Ardebil carpets that in a modern décor, a classic space or a minimalistic room can make all the difference, as well as becoming a great investment.