A biography of Calouste Gulbenkian (also available from the Museum) notes that he insisted on only buying the most perfect example of any particular genre of art: the best-preserved Greek coins and medallions, the best-preserved examples of Egyptian art, Persian carpets and tiles, 18th century furniture, etc., etc. This gallery houses some of his collection of beautiful Persian carpets. When you see any object in this gallery you can be sure you are unlikely to see any finer example anywhere else in the world. The museum can display about 1,000 objects - the total collection numbers over 6,000 objects.
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