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NOV-DEC 2018

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USHLY PATTERNED RUGS are part of Shadi Shafiei's earliest childhood memories. Growing up in Iran, she and her sister played on their parents' Persian carpet, crawling over what they imagined to be brown mountain ranges and swimming through blue and green rivers. Now as an art historian working at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), she is still fascinated by these intri- cately knotted works. Last year when LACMA unrolled its palatial, jewel- toned Ardabil Carpet for installation, Shafiei was mesmerized. "Awestruck, I walked around this magnificent carpet, deeply absorbed in the elabo- rate vegetative and floral patterns covering the rug," she wrote on social media. "It felt as if I was walking through one of Iran's traditional, lush gardens with a geometric pool in the center." Garden imagery has long been depicted with colorful wool threads by carpet weavers in the East, notably in the centuries-old designs originating from Persia (modern- day Iran), Turkey, and Mughal India. LACMA's Ardabil, for example, a famed 16 th -century Iranian piece given to the museum by J. Paul Getty, is described by curators as having a shimmering indigo surface with a fantastical meander of blossom-laden vines—a stylized interpretation of lotus flowers crossed with Chinese peonies, some in bloom and others in bud. The carpet's representation of a pool, a nod to the significance of water in Persian gardens, along with the flourishing botanical life, suggests a place of physical and spiritual A R U G P A T T E R N P R I M E R FLOWERS UNDERFOOT Carpet designs dating back centuries from Persia, Mughal India, and Turkey offer a magical walk through the garden L By COURTNEY BARNES PHOTO BY GEORGE LONG

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