The ideal rug can transform the look of the home in the blink of an eye. Hence the importance of choosing a rug with rigor, quality, and comfort. This is the first item that guests will notice in a visit. Featured in this selection are the 10 most expensive rugs in the world.
The 10 most expensive carpets in the world together are valued at more than 5 million dollars. Only one of them is worth a large part of this amount, the five-hundred-year-old Persian carpets Isfahan, handmade in pure silk. This rug occupies the first place in this million-dollar list and was sold in 2008 by auctioneer Christie’s.
Rich in decorative motifs, colors, and patterns of oriental influence, the 10 most expensive carpets in the world are made by master craftsmen and with high-quality materials, which give them great strength and durability. They have a very high symbolic value and craftsmanship.
Top 10 world’s most expensive carpets
10 – ISFAHAN CARPET – US$ 116.500
This very detailed rug features designs with red and blue associations throughout the part. Its central patterns and mini-frontier design make this rug a real gem estimated to have been manufactured in the 16th century, and was sold in 2008 at Christine’s auction house.
Originally owned by a tobacco and power industrialist James B. Duke, this rug is very special. The piece is so expensive because of its color combinations, intricate standard design, and high decorative value.
9 – SMALL MEDALLION USHAK CARPET – US$ 158.000
This is another 16th-century piece with Anatolian origins. The expensive rug, which features some rich dark and rich colors, is in excellent condition considering its age. And it had an estimated price of 40,000 to $60,000, but it managed to sell for $158,000 at Christie’s auction.
Like the previous rug, this one also features an impressive centerpiece. This rug with a classical medallion in the center was probably best used as a prayer rug for Muslims.
8 – ZIEGLER MAHAL CARPET – US$ 170.000
For those who want this piece, its condition is not something to consider, because the rug does not come in such a nice shape. Because of this, sellers were in for a shock when the carpet was sold for more than 6 times its estimated selling price. This particular rug
features some large designs, and sold for $170,000 at auction.
7 – TABRIZ CARPET – US$ 182.500
With a reputation for hosting some of the oldest carpets over the centuries, Trabiz rugs are quite expensive. This particular rug has many colors darker than others and was sold at Sotheby’s auction. The late 18th-century piece has an estimated auction value between $150,000 and $200,000, and the final sale price proved to be correct.
6 – ZIEGLER MAHAL CARPET – US$ 182.500
The company that imports Persian carpets are called Ziegler. They are famous for their extravagant carpets. This rug with bright brown and blue designs was produced some time in the early 1900s.
sometime in the early 1900s.
Sold in June 2008 at auction, this Ziegler Mahal rug raised $182,500. The factors that influenced the price are its mint condition, large print scale, and attractive color palette.
5 – PERSIAN TABRIZ MEDALLION CARPET – US$ 2.4M
Like the paintings and valuable items, this rug was looted by the Nazis from the Australian branch of the Rothschild family during World War II. Originally from northwest Persia, this piece was the big star when it was sold at the auction house. The 16th-century piece, so named after the capital city of the Province of Azerbaijan Eastern Iran, known as Tabriz, in comparison with other carpets in this selection, is huge.
4 – SILK ISFAHAN CARPET – US$ 4.45 M
Sold in 2008 for $4.45 million, it broke the record for the most expensive rug at the time and is originally from 16th century central Persia. It has limited use of red, green, and blue, but from this point on and despite its age, the rug sold for much more than anticipated, with
an estimated price of between US$1 million and US$1.5 million.
The exceptionally high knot density, the use of color, impeccable craftsmanship, and the use of pure silk made the sale of the carpet US$4.45 million.
3 – PEARL OF BARODA – US$ 5.5 M
The carpet is an Indian masterpiece, which includes more than 1 million Basra generation pearls. The best part is that the carpet is embellished with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies.
This carpet was commissioned in 1860 and completed in 1865 by Maharaja of the princely state of Baroda, Gaekwar Khande Rao. In 2009 it was finally sold for $5.5 million at an auction held by Sotheby’s in the Gulf state of Qatar.
2 – THE KIRMAN VASE CARPET – US$ 10.2 M
The 17th-century Persian carpet has rich and strong colors, produced in the city of Kirman in Iran, an area of famous carpet designers. And it was sold to an anonymous buyer by an anonymous buyer by telephone at Christie’s auction house in London, at 20 times the estimated price.
1 – THE CLARK SICKLE-LEAF CARPET– US$ 33.7 M
This rug sold for $33.7 million at Sotheby’s auction in New York, and is from the 17th century, and is also a classic. This piece is believed to be a product of Kirman, an area of Persia famous for its talented rug designers. The award-winning Persian rug was from William A. Clark Collection, passed down to the gallery in 1926.