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The Carpet of Wonder - Introduction

See also The Carpet of Wonder - the Art, The Carpet of Wonder - The Processes of Weaving, and The Carpet of Wonder - the Mosque

If one were to make a list of the greatest carpets ever made the Carpet of Wonder in the Grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman would be in the most select group.

First of all the Carpet of Wonder is huge. Compared to the famous Ardabil Carpet now in the V& A Museum it gives us some idea of the scale of this great carpet. The Ardabil Carpet is 11.52m by 5.34 m for 61.5 square meters while the Carpet of Wonder is 60.90m by 70.50m for an amazing 4343 square meters. while the Ardabil is a large carpet it would take more than 70 of them to equal the size of the Carpet of Wonder.

(Images roughly to scale)

The Ardabil is a large carpet it would take more than 70 of them to equal the size of the Carpet of Wonder.

Carpet Ardabil Carpet Carpet of Wonder
measurements 11.52m by 5.34m 60.90m by 70.50m
square meters 61.5 4343
Knot Count 50 Raj - 18 Knots per inch 40 Raj - 15 Knots per inch
Foundation Silk Cotton
Colors 10 28
Date 1538 - 40 1997 - 2000

The Ardabil Carpet is slightly finer but that us due to the cotton foundation rather than silk.

Side by side comparison Not to Scale,

See also The Carpet of Wonder - the Art

Thanks to the Iran Carpet Co. the producers of the Carpet of Wonder. They have been kind enough to supply me with information and the images that made this article possible. Special thanks to Mr. Yazdi and Mr. Karimi who was the Managing Director when this was written.

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