Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ardabil Carpets LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art: A Confession to Make!

I visited the Ardabil carpet in LACMA for the second time in a week. I have to confess. I did a very bad thing! I should not have done this, but I did it. I hope the Ardabil carpet forgives me.

Whenever I see a carpet/rug, no matter where, I have to flip a corner of it over to see the back of it and its knots and layout/construction. This maybe a bad habit but I cannot help it. I even do this when we (my family and I) go to our friends' homes to visit them. My wife always reminds me that I should not do this. But she has not been able to correct me on this issue for the past 28 years we have been married. I did the same thing to the Ardabil carpet! When the guards were not noticing me, I touched the carpet and flipped a corner of it over to see the back. I could not see the knots, but at least I fulfilled my curiosity! This carpet had a linen backing for extra protection and support installed in its last cleaning process which took place in London royal textile preservation facility few years ago.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

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