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Rugs & Carpets - General

Fine carpets are prized for their beauty and durability, particularly rugs of the handwoven variety, and are valued as both works of art and functional home decor items. When it comes to antique rugs for sale, the older the better, as antique rugs typically increase in value over time.

The oldest rugs from the Middle East and America are the most sought after. These rugs were hand knotted and made with natural materials and dyes, ensuring the durability and continuing aesthetic beauty of the rugs. Handwoven carpets were often commissioned by emperors and kings for the royal household. Surviving examples grace the interiors of palaces, museums, and private homes worldwide.

Originally, these works were considered too precious to lie on the floor. Instead, they were hung on walls or used to cover tables. You were considered a very important person if you were allowed to wipe your feet on a carpet. Even in America, hand knotted rugs were used to the same purposes, and only the very wealthy imported carpets and placed them on the floor or in front of the hearth.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest known carpet is displayed at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The carpet was excavated from the Pazyryk burial mounds, and is dated from the 5th to 4th century B.C.
  • The most expensive antique carpet sold at auction so far is a Persian sickle-leaf vine scroll and palmette “vase” carpet (1600 to 1650), the only known one with a red background, which sold at Sotheby’s of New York in June 2013 for $33.7 million
  • The collector’s world has show a resurgence of interest in mid-20th century rugs. A Barbro Nilsson flatweave carpet sold at Wright’s for $112,500 in 2014

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OAXACA TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE ZAPOTEC HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
OAXACA TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE ZAPOTEC HAND WOVEN RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$22011 Bids
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334CM X 69CM WOOLLEN HALL RUNNER
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
334CM X 69CM WOOLLEN HALL RUNNER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD556 Bids
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TIERRA WOOL'S HAND WOVEN WOOL RUG BY JEN GARCIA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
TIERRA WOOL'S HAND WOVEN WOOL RUG BY JEN GARCIA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
Floral Fringed Vintage Wool Rug
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Floral Fringed Vintage Wool Rug
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $80
$15 Bids
Vintage Karastan Floral Kirman Room Size Rug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Karastan Floral Kirman Room Size Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1404 Bids
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DECORATIVE TEAL, CREAM & RUST RUG, 135X199CM
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
DECORATIVE TEAL, CREAM & RUST RUG, 135X199CM
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD554 Bids
Four mats
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Four mats
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$453 Bids
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LARGE HAND KNOTTED WOOL FLOOR RUG, 3X4M - SOME RIPS
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
LARGE HAND KNOTTED WOOL FLOOR RUG, 3X4M - SOME RIPS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD453 Bids
EDWARD FIELDS Shag Pile Rug
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
EDWARD FIELDS Shag Pile Rug
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $400
$32 Bids
55" X 35" BLUE AND RED WOOL RUG
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
55" X 35" BLUE AND RED WOOL RUG
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Seidenbrücke (Souf) ca. 210 x 132 cm.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Seidenbrücke (Souf) ca. 210 x 132 cm.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1702 Bids
148in Nealane Traditional Style Belgian Area Rug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
148in Nealane Traditional Style Belgian Area Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
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CREAM AND MAROON RUG - 77CM BY 195CM
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
CREAM AND MAROON RUG - 77CM BY 195CM
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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A contemporary geometric area rug
Nov 30, 10:00 AM PST
A contemporary geometric area rug
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2502 Bids
Vintage Persian Meshkin Handmade Wool Rug Runner
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Persian Meshkin Handmade Wool Rug Runner
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
BRINDLE COWHIDE AREA RUG
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
BRINDLE COWHIDE AREA RUG
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $150
$301 Bid
Persian Kashan Signed Carpet
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Persian Kashan Signed Carpet
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $500- $700
$2001 Bid
Tribal Kilim carpet, 38 by 25 inches. Condition: …
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Tribal Kilim carpet, 38 by 25 inches. Condition: …
by Blackwood March Auctioneers
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Schirwan ca. 175 x 115 cm.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Schirwan ca. 175 x 115 cm.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Bohkara Carpet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Bohkara Carpet
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A Turkoman rug
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A Turkoman rug
by Martel Maides
Est: £100- £200
£751 Bid
Mesched ca. 400 x 308 cm.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Mesched ca. 400 x 308 cm.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Oversized 11' 8" x 22' 9" Red & Beige Rug.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CST
Oversized 11' 8" x 22' 9" Red & Beige Rug.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$801 Bid

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