Azerbaijan's oldest carpet to be exhibited in Los Angeles

Azerbaijan's oldest carpet to be exhibited in Los Angeles

One of the most famous names of Azerbaijani carpets known as “Ardebil” and “Sheikh Safi”, is currently being exhibited in the Museum of Arts in Los Angeles, AzerNews reported.

Carpet “Sheikh Safi” is considered to be the oldest dated carpet in the world. As one of the largest (35 million knots) and historically important carpets of the world, it was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with its pair.

This pair of carpets was woven in 1539-1940 in the city of Tabriz and was kept in the temple in Ardebil until the 19th century, when they were brought to London, according to the information of the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles.

One of the carpets was secretly sold to American industrialist J. Paulo Getty, who subsequently donated his art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1953. The carpet, which is located in the Museum of Art of the District of Los Angeles, is considered to be more beautiful.

Because of its large size (23 feet long, 13 feet wide), the carpet is exhibited usually every six to ten years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since its debut in the museum in 1965, it has been shown only six times. The exhibition this year will last until February 11.