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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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SEMI-ANTIQUE SERAPI RUG, LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
SEMI-ANTIQUE SERAPI RUG, LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$9509 Bids
ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN AKSTAFA RUNNER. 10 ft 1 in x 4 ft 1 in (3.07m x 1.24m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN AKSTAFA RUNNER. 10 ft 1 in x 4 ft 1 in (3.07m x 1.24m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$5004 Bids
ANTIQUE TIBETAN SADDLE COVER. 4 ft 5 in x 2 ft (1.35 m x 0.61 m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE TIBETAN SADDLE COVER. 4 ft 5 in x 2 ft (1.35 m x 0.61 m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$4004 Bids
Antique Oversized Handmade Wool Area Rug
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Oversized Handmade Wool Area Rug
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $300- $800
$153 Bids
Antique Oriental Scatter Rug
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Oriental Scatter Rug
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Beschir antique, Turkmenistan, late 19th century
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Beschir antique, Turkmenistan, late 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €800- €2,000
€4502 Bids
Antique Caucasian Kazak Area Rug
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Antique Caucasian Kazak Area Rug
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1252 Bids
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BAHKTIARI RUG: 4’4” X 6’6” Circa 1920
Nov 04, 9:30 AM EDT
BAHKTIARI RUG: 4’4” X 6’6” Circa 1920
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
A SHIRVAN RUG
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A SHIRVAN RUG
by Nagel Auction
Est: €300- €500
€3002 Bids
A SEMI-ANTIQUE SUZANI
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A SEMI-ANTIQUE SUZANI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €300- €500
€3302 Bids
A SHIRVAN RUG
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A SHIRVAN RUG
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4002 Bids
Aymara Ccahua Man's Ponchito, Bolivia, 17th-18th C.
Nov 15, 10:00 AM EST
Aymara Ccahua Man's Ponchito, Bolivia, 17th-18th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2002 Bids
Antique Arabachi Engsi, Turkmenistan, 19th century
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Antique Arabachi Engsi, Turkmenistan, 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0001 Bid
Yomuth Engsi antique, Turkmenistan, 19th century
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Yomuth Engsi antique, Turkmenistan, 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €800- €2,000
€801 Bid
2lots Berber jewelry antique, Morocco, around 1900, silver
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
2lots Berber jewelry antique, Morocco, around 1900, silver
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€801 Bid
Antique Arabatschi Engsi, Turkmenistan, 19th century
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Antique Arabatschi Engsi, Turkmenistan, 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €800- €1,500
€801 Bid
Beschir Engsi antique, Turkmenistan, mid 19th century
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Beschir Engsi antique, Turkmenistan, mid 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€801 Bid
ANTIQUE PERSIAN SULTANABAD CARPET. 10 ft 8 in x 7 ft 10 in (3.25 m x 2.39 m)
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE PERSIAN SULTANABAD CARPET. 10 ft 8 in x 7 ft 10 in (3.25 m x 2.39 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $12,000- $18,000
$5,0001 Bid
ANTIQUE PERSIAN KHORASSAN CARPET. 13 ft 2 in x 9 ft 8 in (4.01 m x 2.95 m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE PERSIAN KHORASSAN CARPET. 13 ft 2 in x 9 ft 8 in (4.01 m x 2.95 m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$3,0001 Bid
ANTIQUE HAJI JALILI TABRIZ TREE OF LIFE CARPET - No reserve. 10 ft x 6 ft 9 in (3.05 m x 2.06 m)
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE HAJI JALILI TABRIZ TREE OF LIFE CARPET - No reserve. 10 ft x 6 ft 9 in (3.05 m x 2.06 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$3,0001 Bid
ANTIQUE PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET. 12 ft x 9 ft 9 in (3.66 m x 2.97 m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET. 12 ft x 9 ft 9 in (3.66 m x 2.97 m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $15,000- $25,000
$7,0001 Bid
ANTIQUE PERSIAN KERMAN CARPET - No reserve. 11 ft 8 in x 11 ft 9 in (3.55m x 3.58m)
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE PERSIAN KERMAN CARPET - No reserve. 11 ft 8 in x 11 ft 9 in (3.55m x 3.58m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$5001 Bid
ANTIQUE PERSIAN TABRIZ CARPET - No reserve. 13 ft x 9 ft 5 in (3.96m x 2.87m)
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE PERSIAN TABRIZ CARPET - No reserve. 13 ft x 9 ft 5 in (3.96m x 2.87m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$1,0001 Bid
ANTIQUE TURKISH OUSHAK CARPET. 13 ft 10 in x 11 ft 5 in (4.22 m x 3.48 m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE TURKISH OUSHAK CARPET. 13 ft 10 in x 11 ft 5 in (4.22 m x 3.48 m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$5,0001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Rugs & Carpets


Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Nazmiyal Auctions

Nazmiyal Auctions

Material Culture

Material Culture

Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction