Тhe Historic Burrell Collection Carpet On Display In New York
The famous Wagner Garden Carpet is to be shown at the Metropolitan Museum in New York while the Burrell Collection is refurbished.
The Wagner Garden Carpet is considered to be one of the world’s “most spectacular carpets” and among the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world that are going on display outside of The British Isles for the first time since 1939 when it was acquired by Sir William Burrell.
Its measurements are 530.9 cm in height and 431.8 cm in width, and it is rarely been seen on display due mostly to the size spending most of its time in storage at the Burrell Collection. And recently the Wagner Garden Carpet was included in the series Civilisations, currently aired on BBC2.
Dr Frances Fowle, the chairman of Burrell Trustees, said they are delighted to support the loan of the world’s most spectacular and important carpet to one of the world’s greatest museums, as this will raise international awareness while the museum undergoes long-awaited refurbishments.
Sir William Burrell bought the Wagner Carpet in 1939 from the Royal Bank of Scotland and then displayed it in his drawing room at Hutton Castle near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, which he later gifted it to the city of Glasgow as part of the collection.
While on display in New York it will be accompanied by a supporting display relating to the importance of gardens in the Islamic culture and a public programme, that include a symposium and a guest lecture by Noorah al Gailani, curator of the Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums and the Burrell Collection.
The Burrell Collection partnership with the Metropolitan Museum, New York demonstrates how both parties are operating on a global scale through strategic partnerships, loans and research. This not only strengthens the international reputation of the Burrell but also of the city of Glasgow.
A few of the most iconic late 19th century French paintings from the Burrell will also tour six other international museums in France and Japan for the first time.