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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

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vegetable Dye Chobi
Dec 07, 7:00 PM AEDT
vegetable Dye Chobi
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1001 Bid
vegetable Dye Chobi Runner
Dec 07, 7:00 PM AEDT
vegetable Dye Chobi Runner
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1001 Bid
vegetable Dye Chobi Runner
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vegetable Dye Chobi Runner
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Est: AUD0- AUD0
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Afghan Farahan-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Afghan Farahan-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Afghan Farahan-Teppich
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Afghan Farahan-Teppich
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,300- €2,600
€1,3000 Bids
Tekke-Taschenfront
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Tekke-Taschenfront
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Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Kelim
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kelim
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €180- €360
€1800 Bids
Drei Kelim-Kissen
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Drei Kelim-Kissen
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €550- €1,100
€5500 Bids
Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
Farahan Ziegler-Teppich
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Farahan Ziegler-Teppich
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,400- €2,800
€1,4000 Bids
Baluch Pictorial Prayer Carpet Rug, Tower of Jam
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Baluch Pictorial Prayer Carpet Rug, Tower of Jam
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $500- $600
$4000 Bids
Maimana Kilim Runner Rug, 116"L, Rare Example
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Maimana Kilim Runner Rug, 116"L, Rare Example
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $750- $1,250
$6000 Bids
Marokko (monochromes Rot), ca. 194x 108 cm.
Dec 08, 2:00 PM CET
Marokko (monochromes Rot), ca. 194x 108 cm.
by Dannenberg
Est: €200- €240
€2000 Bids
Tapis de passage, Afghanistan, XXe
Dec 05, 12:00 PM CET
Tapis de passage, Afghanistan, XXe
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF200- CHF300
CHF1000 Bids
Tapis Ghoum, Iran
Dec 05, 12:00 PM CET
Tapis Ghoum, Iran
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF2000 Bids
Afghani Handwoven All Wool Rug, C. 2000, W 4' L 6'
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Afghani Handwoven All Wool Rug, C. 2000, W 4' L 6'
by DuMouchelles
Est: $400- $600
$3750 Bids
Berber-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Berber-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €330- €660
€3300 Bids
Isfahan Carpet
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Isfahan Carpet
by Nye & Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
Room Size Afghani Rug
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Room Size Afghani Rug
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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KASHAN-SEIDE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
KASHAN-SEIDE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,000- CHF1,400
CHF1,0000 Bids
A LARGE TRIBAL AFGHAN BALOUCH CARPET, with all over geometric design in red and blue, 400 x 305 cm.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
A LARGE TRIBAL AFGHAN BALOUCH CARPET, with all over geometric design in red and blue, 400 x 305 cm.
by Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
Est: AUD1,000- AUD2,000
AUD1,0000 Bids
KAZAK WITH STEPPED GULLS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
KAZAK WITH STEPPED GULLS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
A red ground Afghan elephant foot pattern rug. 205 x 114 cm.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A red ground Afghan elephant foot pattern rug. 205 x 114 cm.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £80- £120
£800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Middle Eastern Rugs & Carpets


The Rug Life Auctions

The Rug Life Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center