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Old March 12th, 2018, 08:39 PM   #16
Ken Shum
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I believe the carpet in LACMA was finer of the two, so these other fragments you mentioned could not have come from either carpet. Unless, the one or both were repaired with patches from a third carpet sometime before the current two were merged early in the 20th Century.

Originally Posted by Patrick Weiler View Post
Way back in 2001 I was in London and took a time out from the schedule to walk about a mile over to the V&A to see the Ardabil there. It was an impressive sight, being so large. About 25 years ago I visited LACMA and asked about their Ardabil, though the museum workers seemed not to know that it was in their collection. Finally, a couple of years ago they were displaying it, so I got a chance to see that one in person
also. It seems that "Other fragments have appeared on the market from time to time. The knot density is actually higher on the Los Angeles carpet."
I haven't heard of any fragments on the market, but I am sure that when they do appear, they are probably quite expensive.
Patrick Weiler
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