Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ardabil and Coronation Carpets in Los Angeles County Museum of Art

This afternoon, I went to Los Angeles County Museum of Art with my wife and my younger son Kash to see the famous Ardabil and Coronation carpets. Both rugs looked amazing. If they could speak, they would tell us many sad and happy stories they have witnessed through all these long years.

The Ardabil carpet was put on display on a big one-foot high orange-red table on the floor. It looked beautiful. There was not that much information published on the wall. We asked the tired and unmotivated guard to see if they had any flyer, brochure or exhibition catalog and he said they did not have any. This was also the case for the magnificent Coronation carpet which was on display in the adjacent hall.

Few visitors were in the halls. I expected to see more people. The coronation carpet is worn out more than the Ardabil carpet. It might have been more in use than the Ardabil. However, the Coronation carpet has less repair with less damage. There is a chance that like the Ardabil, this rug has also a mate. But no one has ever seen or mentioned such a theory and possibility.

I went to the museum's bookstore to see if they had pictures or books on Ardabil and coronation carpets to sell. They did not have any. I am planning to go to LACMA again tomorrow to see the carpets again. I love to take this opportunity to see these two wonderful rugs as many times as I can.

Thanks to Farhang Foundation, a non-profit organization in southern California which has partnered with Los Angeles County Museum of Art to promote this event and make it more possible for the visitors to see these two rugs.

Khosrow Sobhe
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)

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