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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 KONYA LADIK PRAYER CARPET RUG
Jan 02, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE KONYA LADIK PRAYER CARPET RUG
by Austin York LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1508 Bids
Ottoman Lira Currency Rug, Turkey, Ca. 1900, 5'2'' x 3'1''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Ottoman Lira Currency Rug, Turkey, Ca. 1900, 5'2'' x 3'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$4504 Bids
Antique Kazak Rug, Caucasus, 5.2 x 6.4
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Kazak Rug, Caucasus, 5.2 x 6.4
by Alex Cooper
Est: $500- $700
$4754 Bids
Antique Kazak Oriental Rug
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Antique Kazak Oriental Rug
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$3104 Bids
Bergama Rug, Turkey, Late 19th C., 4'11'' x 6'8''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Bergama Rug, Turkey, Late 19th C., 4'11'' x 6'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$2503 Bids
Agra Rug, India, Ca. 1900, 8'10'' x 17'10''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Agra Rug, India, Ca. 1900, 8'10'' x 17'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,1003 Bids
Isfahan Rug, Persia, Ca. 1890, 4'6'' x 7'5''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Isfahan Rug, Persia, Ca. 1890, 4'6'' x 7'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5503 Bids
Antique Persian Kirman Handmade Wool Large Rug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Persian Kirman Handmade Wool Large Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1103 Bids
Lesghi Star Rug, Caucasus, Late 19th C., 3'6'' x 5'6''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Lesghi Star Rug, Caucasus, Late 19th C., 3'6'' x 5'6''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5502 Bids
A FINE TURKMEN YOMUD MAIN CARPET C 1900
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
A FINE TURKMEN YOMUD MAIN CARPET C 1900
by Jackson's International
Est: $400- $500
$4252 Bids
Zilli Sultan Small Rug, Persia, Ca. 1900, 2'9'' x 1'11''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Zilli Sultan Small Rug, Persia, Ca. 1900, 2'9'' x 1'11''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $600
$1502 Bids
Antique blue field Persian Saroak Oriental rug, 5…
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Antique blue field Persian Saroak Oriental rug, 5…
by Blackwood March Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
Yomud antique, Turkmenistan, 19th century, wool on
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Yomud antique, Turkmenistan, 19th century, wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €300
€1202 Bids
Transcaucasian Rug, Mid 19th C., 2'8'' x 14'0''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Transcaucasian Rug, Mid 19th C., 2'8'' x 14'0''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Baluch Rug, NE Persia, Early/Mid 19th C., 2'11'' x 4'10''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Baluch Rug, NE Persia, Early/Mid 19th C., 2'11'' x 4'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Baluch Rug, Afghanistan, 19th C., 2'11'' x 4'10''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Baluch Rug, Afghanistan, 19th C., 2'11'' x 4'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
19th/20th ANTIQUE ORIENTAL AREA RUG
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
19th/20th ANTIQUE ORIENTAL AREA RUG
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Group of 4 Antique Estate Rugs
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Group of 4 Antique Estate Rugs
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Karachov Kazak Rug, Caucasus, Ca. 1875, 4'4'' x 7'0''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Karachov Kazak Rug, Caucasus, Ca. 1875, 4'4'' x 7'0''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Fine Antique Isfahan Kalamkari Pictorial Cloth, Persia, 5'3'' x 9'2''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Fine Antique Isfahan Kalamkari Pictorial Cloth, Persia, 5'3'' x 9'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Khotan Rug, East Turkestan, Ca. 1900, 6'9'' x 4'8''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Khotan Rug, East Turkestan, Ca. 1900, 6'9'' x 4'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
ANTIQUE NW PERSIAN CARPET RUG
Jan 02, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE NW PERSIAN CARPET RUG
by Austin York LLC
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Lilihan Rug, Persia, Ca. 1910, 2'6'' x 19'10''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Lilihan Rug, Persia, Ca. 1910, 2'6'' x 19'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Bidjar Rug, Persia, Ca. 1910, 3'9'' x 5'2''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Bidjar Rug, Persia, Ca. 1910, 3'9'' x 5'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Rugs & Carpets


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