Loading Spinner

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

See all items

Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet (304 x 74cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet (304 x 74cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD908 Bids
Afghan Kundas rug, hand knotted, 100% wool. 300cm X 200cm.
Mar 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
Afghan Kundas rug, hand knotted, 100% wool. 300cm X 200cm.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD455 Bids
Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet (350 x 82cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet (350 x 82cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD120- AUD180
AUD353 Bids
Afghaanse Bokhara in wol op wol met karakteristiek…
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
Afghaanse Bokhara in wol op wol met karakteristiek…
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
Afghan fine hand knotted Chobi runner carpet 290 x 80cm
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Afghan fine hand knotted Chobi runner carpet 290 x 80cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD152 Bids
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG, 2.10 x 5.2 (86cm x 157cm)
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG, 2.10 x 5.2 (86cm x 157cm)
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1501 Bid
Afghan fine hand knotted pure wool Kundus carpet 300 x 200cm
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Afghan fine hand knotted pure wool Kundus carpet 300 x 200cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,200- AUD1,600
AUD101 Bid
Belutsch. Afghanistan. 20th cent.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Belutsch. Afghanistan. 20th cent.
by Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG
Est: €340- €380
€2800 Bids
2 lots of Maymaneh Kilim, Afghanistan, around 1960, wool
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
2 lots of Maymaneh Kilim, Afghanistan, around 1960, wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €600
€800 Bids
Vintage Afgan Bokhara Rug
Mar 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Afgan Bokhara Rug
by 1stBid
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
KAZAK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 2.0 x 3.3
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
KAZAK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 2.0 x 3.3
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1500 Bids
TURKEMAN PICTORIAL HAND KNOTTED RUG, 3.5 x 5.5 (104cm x 165cm)
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
TURKEMAN PICTORIAL HAND KNOTTED RUG, 3.5 x 5.5 (104cm x 165cm)
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $900- $1,200
$2500 Bids
BUKHARA HAND KNOTTED RUG – 1.9 x 3.1
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
BUKHARA HAND KNOTTED RUG – 1.9 x 3.1
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1200 Bids
BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED PRAYER RUG – 2.1 x 3.0
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED PRAYER RUG – 2.1 x 3.0
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2000 Bids
BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED PRAYER RUG – 2.4 x 3.3
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED PRAYER RUG – 2.4 x 3.3
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2000 Bids
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG – 1.9 x 2.11
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG – 1.9 x 2.11
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1500 Bids
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG – 2.9 x 4.9
Mar 05, 3:00 PM EST
TRIBAL BALOUCH HAND KNOTTED RUG – 2.9 x 4.9
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$1700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Middle Eastern Rugs & Carpets


Shahbanu Rugs

Shahbanu Rugs

The Rug Life Auctions

The Rug Life Auctions

Lawsons

Lawsons

Auctions & Collections

Auctions & Collections