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The Ardabil Carpet

The Ardabil Carpet in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, is a Persian carpet completed during the reign of Tahmasp I (mid 16th century). Acquired by the museum in the 1890s, the carpet, which has 26 million knots, was "in tatters" and was restored by sacrificing a similar rug.

Carpet: Maqsud of Kashan; photograph: Victoria & Albert Museum

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