We may never know what Aladdin&rsquos magic flying carpet looked like but you should not miss a chance to see one of the world&rsquos earliest surviving Persian garden carpets, the Wagner Garden Carpet, now on display at the Burrell Collection housed in the Pollok Country Park in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The woven carpet contains an intricate display of various kinds of animals and birds among a profusion of trees and flowers. The carpet is one of the many rare artefacts which are on display at the museum which reopened recently after a thorough overhauling.
The woven carpet contains an intricate display of various kinds of animals and birds among a profusion of trees and flowers.
Sir William Burrell, a Glaswegian shipping tycoon, and his wife Constance, Lady Burrell, had built a huge personal art collection, which included a range of fine arts, including Chinese art, stained glass, tapestries and other things. In 1944, the collection was gifted to the city of Glasgow. Named after the benefactors, the Burrell Collection was ultimately housed in a grandly designed building located in the Pollok Country Park. A part of the collection was opened for public viewing in 1983. But it was subsequently closed down for repairs and redesigning of the building.
Reopening after five years, the building is now equipped to display more of the rare collections than before.
According to the website, some of the prized collections include Chinese pottery and porcelain produced over a 5,000 year old period, paintings by French artists Manet, Cezanne and Degas, medieval stained glass, arms and armour, tapestries and carpets, Roman sculptures, over 2,000 year old Egyptian potteries, etc. The museum has also introduced digital displays, including interactives, immersive shows, digital walls, etc.
Along with a visit to the museum, you may also explore the surrounding woodlands and gardens of the Pollok Country Park, which is Glasgow&rsquos largest park. You can enjoy riverside walks and picnics among other things.
Information The Burrell Collection museum is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday on Friday and Sunday, it is open from 11am to 5pm. The museum can be reached by bus from Glasgow City centre and Glasgow Central railway station &ndash the nearest stops being Pollokshaws Road and Pollokshaws West, respectively. For more information see here.