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Middle Eastern Rugs & Carpets

Middle Eastern rugs are prized and collected the world over for their beauty, elegance, and quality. The longevity and character of the Middle Eastern carpet is due to techniques that have been passed down for thousands of years and the use of natural materials and dyes from the landscape.

The tradition of rug weaving began in Turkey, with the arrival of Seljuk tribes from Central Asia. The art form continued with the Ottoman Turks. During this era, “Classic Ottoman rugs” were created, also known as “palace rugs” because they were commissioned specifically to decorate the palaces of royalty.

Seljuk influence spread to other conquered territories in the Middle East. In the provinces of Azerbaijan and Hamadan where Seljuk influence was the most powerful, the Turkish knot is used to this day. Rugs from these regions between the Black and Caspian Seas are known as Caucasian rugs, which contain a regional influence and tribal beauty of their own. The Persian rug, the greatest rug industry of all time, gradually became more detailed and colorful. It is still a major product of Iran.

Middle Eastern antique rugs are the classic craft of the ancient world. The value of an antique Middle Eastern rug tends to rise as long as the carpet is kept in good condition. Examples are also preserved in museums, palaces, and private collections worldwide.


Quick Facts

  • One system used by experts to date the carpets is based on their appearance in the artworks of famous Italian and Flemish artists, such as Lotto and Holbein
  • Iran generated $57 million in revenues from rug exports in 2014, but trade bans on exports from Iran have limited the country’s export market and made these pieces rarer and more valuable
  • A late 18th or early 19th century Saryk carpet from Turkmenistan commanded a realized price of $36,135 at Christie’s of London

Recommended Items at Auction

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Beshir Cloudband Rug, Middle Amu Darya, Mid 19th C.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beshir Cloudband Rug, Middle Amu Darya, Mid 19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,200
$4753 Bids
CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN WOOL RUG
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN WOOL RUG
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
Middle Eastern Ardabil Rug
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Middle Eastern Ardabil Rug
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$1202 Bids
Older Afghan wool carpet Yellow, Red, Blue, and Brown Rug
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
Older Afghan wool carpet Yellow, Red, Blue, and Brown Rug
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $850- $1,200
$2002 Bids
Middle Eastern Tribal Yalameh Rug
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Middle Eastern Tribal Yalameh Rug
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$1402 Bids
Handmade Afghan Tribal Wool Rug
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
Handmade Afghan Tribal Wool Rug
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $500- $1,000
$1801 Bid
Hand knotted pure wool Afghan Bukhara carpet, approx 299cm x 204cm
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Hand knotted pure wool Afghan Bukhara carpet, approx 299cm x 204cm
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6501 Bid
TWO SUZANI
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
TWO SUZANI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
THREE SUZANI
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
THREE SUZANI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
Tapis
Nov 10, 6:30 PM CET
Tapis
by Hotel des vente Legros
Est: €200- €250
€2001 Bid
Tapis
Nov 10, 6:30 PM CET
Tapis
by Hotel des vente Legros
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
AN IVORY GROUND ESFAHAN
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
AN IVORY GROUND ESFAHAN
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
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A 100% WOOLLEN AFGHAN KILIM, HAND WOVEN, IN NATURAL VIBRANT VEGETABLE DYES (240 X 179 CM)
Oct 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A 100% WOOLLEN AFGHAN KILIM, HAND WOVEN, IN NATURAL VIBRANT VEGETABLE DYES (240 X 179 CM)
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD5001 Bid
Vintage Afghanistan Pictorial Alliance Rug
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Afghanistan Pictorial Alliance Rug
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Beluch Prayer Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1880, 2'11'' x 5'1''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beluch Prayer Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1880, 2'11'' x 5'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Beluch Prayer Rug, Afghanistan, Early 20th C., 3'5'' x 4'2''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beluch Prayer Rug, Afghanistan, Early 20th C., 3'5'' x 4'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Beluch Small Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1880, 1'10'' x 2'7''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beluch Small Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1880, 1'10'' x 2'7''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Beluch Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1900, 2'10'' x 5'5''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beluch Rug, Afghanistan, Circa 1900, 2'10'' x 5'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Beshir Rug, Middle Amu Darya, 19th C., 3'11'' x 8'8''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Beshir Rug, Middle Amu Darya, 19th C., 3'11'' x 8'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Gafsa Kilim, Central Tunisia, Early 20th C., 6'7'' x 7'4''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Gafsa Kilim, Central Tunisia, Early 20th C., 6'7'' x 7'4''
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Aleppo Prayer Kilim, Syria, Late 19th C., 2'10'' x 3'11''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Aleppo Prayer Kilim, Syria, Late 19th C., 2'10'' x 3'11''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Cicim Kilim, Northwest Anatolia, Late 19th C., 2'9'' x 4'2''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Cicim Kilim, Northwest Anatolia, Late 19th C., 2'9'' x 4'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

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