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Antique Rugs & Carpets

Whether used as simple home décor or collected as an investment, antique rugs have earned a place among the valued objects of the world as cultural archives and art objects. Antique rugs reflect the regional motifs of the area of production and are often identifiable by these traits. Weave, pattern, and color scheme are indicators of an antique rug’s origin. Thousands of examples of antique rugs are found in museums, palaces, and private collections worldwide.

As with any product marketed as an “antique,” the wise buyer would do well to do some basic research on a rug’s history, including distinguishing characteristics such as dyes, weaves, and the time period in which the work was produced.

Hand-woven rugs from the Middle East, China, Europe, and America are distinguishable by the integrity of the weave and the use of natural dyes, qualities which contribute to a fine carpet’s value, beauty, and durability. Many quality machine-made rugs have become collectible and are quite sufficient to suit the tastes of certain audiences, including “Kidderminster” rugs produced during industrialization in England and Oriental and Persian rugs produced in workshops for export to the Western market.

The beauty, rich textures, and colorful motifs mean that antique rugs age like fine wine. The pieces are a testament to their creator’s regional, historical, and personal inspiration.


Quick Facts

  • An Oushak “Medallion” carpet from West Anatolia sold for $90,940 at Sotheby’s in 2008
  • A Safavid silk velvet Persian “hunting rug” sold for $3,442,500 at Sotheby’s in 2009
  • The Indian-made “Pearl Carpet of Baroda” was sold at Sotheby’s in 2009 for $5,458,500

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique Fachralo Kazak oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Fachralo Kazak oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$456 Bids
Antique Bordjalou Kazak oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Bordjalou Kazak oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Antique Kazak oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Kazak oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Semi Antique Turkestan Wedding Camel Rug
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Semi Antique Turkestan Wedding Camel Rug
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $100- $150
$1103 Bids
Antique Persian Ferahan Herati Rug, 21' x 11'
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Persian Ferahan Herati Rug, 21' x 11'
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$9503 Bids
Large Antique Heriz Persian Oriental Wool Rug, 135" x 109", Circa 1930
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Large Antique Heriz Persian Oriental Wool Rug, 135" x 109", Circa 1930
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4503 Bids
Caucasian Zeichur Kuba Handmade Wool Rug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Caucasian Zeichur Kuba Handmade Wool Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Semi Antique Mat
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Semi Antique Mat
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
ANTIQUE ORIENTAL AREA RUG.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE ORIENTAL AREA RUG.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
ANTIQUE HAND KNOTTED SERAPI RUG
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
ANTIQUE HAND KNOTTED SERAPI RUG
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$101 Bid
Semi Antique Kazak Tribal Runner
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Semi Antique Kazak Tribal Runner
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE ORIENTAL HERIZ ROOM SIZE RUG.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE ORIENTAL HERIZ ROOM SIZE RUG.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
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Antique And Finely Hand Knotted Sarouk Carpet.
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique And Finely Hand Knotted Sarouk Carpet.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Antique Tekke Turkoman oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Tekke Turkoman oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique Persian Sennah or Farahan Sarouk
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Persian Sennah or Farahan Sarouk
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
2 Beluch Rugs, Afghanistan, Late 19th C.
Mar 27, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Beluch Rugs, Afghanistan, Late 19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Antieke Midden-Oosterse loper in wol op wol met ee…
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antieke Midden-Oosterse loper in wol op wol met ee…
by DVC
Est: €0- €200
€101 Bid
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19th Century Turkmen Wool-on-Wool Rug
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
19th Century Turkmen Wool-on-Wool Rug
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
3 lots, Turkmenistan, around 1920, wool on wool
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
3 lots, Turkmenistan, around 1920, wool on wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €500
€1200 Bids
Antique Savonnerie Rug
Mar 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Savonnerie Rug
by 1stBid
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,8000 Bids
Antique Kurd Kazak Rug
Mar 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Kurd Kazak Rug
by 1stBid
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Rugs & Carpets


Material Culture

Material Culture

Koller Auctions

Koller Auctions

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Austin York LLC

Austin York LLC