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Ardabil is a city in the northwest of Iran and on the edge of the Caspian Sea. Ardabil carpets are usually woven with the famous Herati design and small fishes. During the time of the Christian tsars, a large number of Russian Muslims immigrated to Ardabil. We can say the designs of this region are modeled after the designs of the Caucasus. The distinctive feature of these designs is the geometric motifs that you can see in most of the urban and rural carpets of Ardabil.
Features of Ardabil carpets
- The knots of this carpet are symmetrical and asymmetrical knots.
- The density and number of knots of this handmade carpet is from 90,000 to 300,000 knots per square meter.
- The piles are woolen and warp and weft are cotton.
- The designs of this carpet are geometric patterns with octagonal fringes.
The most famous Ardabil carpet is the Sheikh Safi carpet. This rug was donated to the collection of Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardabili in 1539 AD. The dimensions of this carpet are 5.34 x 11.52 square meters. They are among the most finely woven carpets of the Safavid era. This carpet is one of the 50 best carpets in the world and is currently kept in the Victoria and Albert Museum.