One of the most famous hand knotted rugs is the "Ardibil Carpet" housed in London's Victoria and Albert museum. Its design is based around a huge central medallion surrounded by 16 smaller lobe-medallions and a field of intricate palmettes, floral sprays, and Islimi spirals. The rug was purchased in about 1880 by an Englishman in the North-east Persian town of Ardibil, from where it takes its name. The Ardibil carpet bares no resemblance to...more
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