<noembed><nolayer><div style="position:absolute; left:0; top:-100; display:none;"> The famous Ardebil Persian rug<br> North Africa/Middle East picture - A close up of the center medallion of the famous Ardebil Persian rug, finished in 1539&#150;40 during the rule of Safavid Shah Tahmasp I (1524&#150;76). The carpet took 26 million knots to make. The carpet has the following inscription (a couplet from a ghazal by poet Hafez), and a signature: &#34;&#39;Other than thy threshold I have not refuge in this world. My head has no resting place other than this doorway.&#39; &#150;Work of a servant of the court, Maqsud of Kashan, [in] the year 946 [1539&#150;40 CE]&#34; </div></nolayer></noembed>
 
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