jan 1, 1540 - Ardabil Carpet
One of the world’s oldest islamic carpets. Takes its name from Ardabil which is located in northwest Iran. Ardabil was the home of the Sufi saint, Safi al-Din Ardabil, who died in 1334. After his death his following became larger and more powerful until the dynasty of Safavid came into existence. It was a very important period for art. This carpet was made for the shrine of Safi al Din-Ardabil when it was enlarged in the late 1530s. The carpet was mainly made from wool because it was absorbed dye better. The carpet used natural dyes and was 340 knots per square inch. This means that it was very detailed, for perspective a commercial rug has 80-160 knots per square inch. Has the typical Islamic art, garlands vines, and geometric shapes. There are poems on each end which tell who commissioned the carpet and when it was created. In the poem Maqsud depicts himself as a slave, he may be being humble. They were purchased by British visitors in 1843 after the temple and carpets were damaged. Made out of silk and wool in the Masqud of Kashan.
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