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.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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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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Event - Pop-up Performance.

Sat 05 April 2014–Sat 27 December 2014

FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities. Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated (programmes for ages 2+ also available first Saturday of every month).

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