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Rugs So Vibrant, They Almost Glitter! Downtown Abbey Exhibition @ Lightner Museum


Rugs So Vibrant, They Almost Glitter!


12 2018

Written by Angela de Gregory

Mussallem Galleries of Jacksonville, Florida is a spotlight sponsor of the Dressing Downton™ exhibition at the Lightner Museum. The Lightner was lent a total of ten rare and historic rugs to use in the special exhibition, which are combined into elaborate room settings or vignettes in the Grand Ballroom Gallery. The exhibit has been extended through February 4th due to overwhelming popularity.

The majority of the museum’s staff and volunteers had not seen the rugs until it was time to roll them out, and seeing them for the first time was comparable to Christmas morning. Nearly every room setting of the exhibition contains a unique Oriental rug that would be suitable for Downton Abbey®, and the Lightner Museum could not imagine the exhibition any other way.

A crowd favorite is the Silk Arabial in the drawing room of the exhibit.

This elegant rug is 12 by 18 feet, the colors are vibrant, and the pattern is so detailed that it almost glitters.

The opulence of the silk rug perfectly contributes to the clothing and Lightner’s collection in the space.

Mussallem Galleries is located in Jacksonville and has been family owned and operated for five generations. Although they provide their clients with fine decorative arts, paintings, and jewelry, Mussallem first began specializing in Oriental rugs in 1897.

Mussallem Galleries’ original Florida location was in Saint Augustine, and Henry Flagler himself purchased rugs from the Mussallems to use at his opulent hotels.

If you are in the market for an Oriental rug, everything Mussallem Galleries has on display is for sale, including the ten rugs currently being displayed at the Lightner.

Curator Barry Myers even compared Mussallem Galleries to, “… a high-end museum where everything is available to purchase.”

For more information about Mussallem Galleries, visit

The museum is proud to have such a high-esteemed sponsor involved with the special exhibition. Now that the Dressing Downton™ exhibition has been extended through February 4th, the Lightner Museum is excited to have the opportunity to have these magnificent Oriental rugs on display for a few more weeks.

There is still plenty of time to visit the Lightner Museum, check out the Dressing Downton™ exhibition, and see these magnificent rugs for yourself! Please visit to purchase tickets.

The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors.

This exhibition is funded in-part by Bank of America, St. Johns County Cultural Council, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the Beaches Tourist Development Council, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, WJCT Public Broadcasting, and Visit Florida.

Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.


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