Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The Ardabil Carpet, is the world's oldest dated carpet and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important in the world. In 2006, the V&A created a case in the centre of Room 42: The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, so that the carpet could be seen as intended, on the floor. To preserve its colours, it is lit for ten minutes on the hour and half-hour.

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We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Oriental Carpets and their Structure: Highlights from the V&A Collection

Oriental Carpets and their Structure: Highlights from the V&A Collection

A short introduction covers the history of carpets in the West, from the 16th-century when they became synonymous with wealth and fashionable living, …

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