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Persian Rugs & Carpets

Perhaps the most coveted and valuable of carpets made in the luxurious weaving tradition of the ancient world is the Persian rug. Persia (now Iran) was a bridge between the Eastern and Western ancient world and a major crossroads on the Silk Road. Thus, Persia had access to merchandise, materials, and perspectives from many different cultures that were unknown in other parts of the world.

The history of rug-weaving culture in Persia dates back over 2,500 years to when the Babylonian conqueror Cyrus the Great introduced carpet making to the area. Yet, it is likely that the locals were already familiar with the making of knotted rugs, as sheep and goats provided them with fine wool for weaving. In 1038, the Seljak tribe conquered Persia. The Seljak weavers were skilled in rug weaving, and made a great impact on the tradition in Persia. To this day, the Turkish ethnic element of Iran uses a Turkish (Ghiordes) knot in weaving, while the Persian-speaking population uses the asymmetrical Persian (Senneh) knot.

The Persian carpet was immortalized during the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th century. Designs became more detailed and colorful, with cleaner patterns. Made primarily of wool, the carpets sometimes contained cotton, jute, silk, or animal hair. Floral or medallion central motifs created a bold effect. Falconry and hunting were favorite motifs of artists due to the Persian elite’s fondness for these pursuits, and the subject portrayed in rug weaving gave birth to the “hunting carpets” of this period. During the reign of Shah Abbas, the ruler sent silk merchants and weavers to the capital and signed trade treaties with Spain, England, and France. The major export and trade of the Persian antique rug spread worldwide. Today, about 1,500 samples are housed in museums and private collections. Persian carpets are coveted for their quality, longevity, and beauty.


Quick Facts

  • Authentic Persian carpets are hand-woven and made with natural dyes, which adds to their value and durability
  • The Iran Carpet Company claims that a 2007 mosque project measuring 5,600 square meters and containing more than 2 billion knots is the world’s largest hand-woven carpet – it is reportedly valued at $5.8 million
  • A Safavid silk velvet Persian “hunting rug” sold for $3,442,500 in an auction held by Sotheby’s in 2009

Recommended Items at Auction

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Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet 228 x 169cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet 228 x 169cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD160- AUD220
AUD24017 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet 395 x 300cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet 395 x 300cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD26013 Bids
Small room-size Heriz oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Small room-size Heriz oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$21012 Bids
Persian hand knotted wool Baluchi runner in red & blue tones (265 x 65cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted wool Baluchi runner in red & blue tones (265 x 65cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD17011 Bids
Persian hand knotted silk carpet in cream tones, signed (125 x 79cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted silk carpet in cream tones, signed (125 x 79cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
AUD709 Bids
CONTEMPORARY PERSIAN GABBEH AREA RUG
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
CONTEMPORARY PERSIAN GABBEH AREA RUG
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$8009 Bids
Persian very fine hand knotted kork wool Kashan carpet 292 x 202cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian very fine hand knotted kork wool Kashan carpet 292 x 202cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD1709 Bids
PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $500- $700
$6508 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet 264 x 152cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet 264 x 152cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD500
AUD808 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet (372 x 290cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kashan carpet (372 x 290cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3257 Bids
Safavieh Anatolia Wool Pile Rug 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm.)
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
Safavieh Anatolia Wool Pile Rug 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$487 Bids
Room-size antique Tabriz oriental rug
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Room-size antique Tabriz oriental rug
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$756 Bids
PERSIAN TABRIZ CARPET
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
PERSIAN TABRIZ CARPET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $600- $800
$6006 Bids
Heriz carpet
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Heriz carpet
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$3206 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet 201 x 149cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet 201 x 149cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD160- AUD220
AUD356 Bids
109in Traditional Persian Style Fringed Area Rug
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
109in Traditional Persian Style Fringed Area Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim runner carpet 201 x 64cm
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim runner carpet 201 x 64cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD305 Bids
A Heriz long carpet, mid 20th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Heriz long carpet, mid 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$7005 Bids
Heriz carpet, ca. 1930
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Heriz carpet, ca. 1930
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$2405 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Tafresh red medallion carpet (290 x 198cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Tafresh red medallion carpet (290 x 198cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD355 Bids
PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $400
$3505 Bids
Persian style machine made carpet (280 x 185cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian style machine made carpet (280 x 185cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD454 Bids
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet (182 x 132cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Persian hand knotted pure wool Kilim carpet (182 x 132cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD140- AUD180
AUD254 Bids

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