A close up of the center medallion of the famous Ardebil Persian rug, finished in 153940 during the rule of Safavid Shah Tahmasp I (152476). 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:|
"'Other than thy threshold I have not refuge in this world. My head has no resting place other than this doorway.' Work of a servant of the court, Maqsud of Kashan, [in] the year 946 [153940 CE]"