Rugs are considered a vast luxury when purchased from premium sellers. When discussing expensive rugs, Persian rugs often come to mind. The craftsmanship of rugs is an art form preserved for thousands of years in Iran.
Rugs are considered historic pieces of art and can sell for millions of dollars. Read on to learn about the most expensive rugs in the world today.
- Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet
This beautiful carpet is a 17th-century antique carpet from Persia. It sold for the record-breaking amount of $33.7 million. The piece is known for its stunning and unique sickle leaf pattern and vibrant colors. This carpet was bought by an anonymous seller after a 10-minute bidding battle.
- Kirman Vase Rug
This rug was the first known rug to use the popular herati design, with colorful leaves and branches. The piece was undervalued at only $900 in 2009 but went on to sell for $7.5 million.
- The Pearl Carpet of Baroda
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This carpet was originally commissioned for the tomb of Prophet Muhammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia from Khande Rao Gaekwad, the Maharajah of Baroda. This rug contains Basra pearls, English-colored glass beads and other precious stones, all woven together. It sold for $5.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2009 and is now available to view at the National Museum of Qatar.
- Mughal ‘Star Lattice’ Carpet
This 18th century North Indian carpet sold for over £4.7 million. The carpet is made from pashmina wool and is known for its scarlet color and intricate design. The rug managed to still be worth millions despite showing slight signs of wear and tear before the sale.
- Silk Isfahan Rug
This 17th century rug was sold for $4.45 million. It was woven in Isfahan, a city in Iran that is famous for the beauty of its rugs. The value of this piece comes from its beautiful color, delicate silk material, and unique design.
- Louis XV Savonnerie Carpet
This 18th-century carpet was designed in France by Pierre-Josse Perrot. The carpet is known for it’s vibrant colors and almost 3D design. The piece auctioned for $4.4 million in 2002.