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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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HAND INDO SERAPI WOOL RUG
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
HAND INDO SERAPI WOOL RUG
by A Ok Auction Company
Est: $500- $800
$42510 Bids
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LARGE TEAL WOOL RUG ( SOME FADING) 255 CM W X 346 CM L
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
LARGE TEAL WOOL RUG ( SOME FADING) 255 CM W X 346 CM L
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD504 Bids
Domestic Cut Wool and Hemp Rug, 10 x 8 ft
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Domestic Cut Wool and Hemp Rug, 10 x 8 ft
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$454 Bids
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EXTREMELY LONG KELIM RUNNER
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
EXTREMELY LONG KELIM RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €400- €600
€3203 Bids
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HAND KNOTTED RED & BLUE RUG ( SOME FADING) 212 CM X 300 CM LONG
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
HAND KNOTTED RED & BLUE RUG ( SOME FADING) 212 CM X 300 CM LONG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD403 Bids
(19th / 20th c) BLUE SERUKE AREA RUG
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
(19th / 20th c) BLUE SERUKE AREA RUG
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5002 Bids
Hand Made Pure Wool Garden Design - RRP $8400
Dec 08, 7:00 PM AEDT
Hand Made Pure Wool Garden Design - RRP $8400
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD3002 Bids
Afschari, alt
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CET
Afschari, alt
by Leo Spik
Est: €400- €480
€3002 Bids
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MACHINE MADE GREEN & CREAM RUG ( SOME WEAR & FADING) 141 CM X 212 CM
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
MACHINE MADE GREEN & CREAM RUG ( SOME WEAR & FADING) 141 CM X 212 CM
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Turkish Kilim Rugs
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Turkish Kilim Rugs
by Leonard Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
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A Kashan area rug
Dec 07, 12:00 PM PST
A Kashan area rug
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
White field Oriental runner, 29 by 236 inches. Condition: Very good.
Dec 09, 5:30 PM EST
White field Oriental runner, 29 by 236 inches. Condition: Very good.
by Blackwood March Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Domestic Machine Made Octagonal Rug
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Domestic Machine Made Octagonal Rug
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
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FLOOR RUG
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
FLOOR RUG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD51 Bid
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HAND KNOTTED RED & ORANGE WOOL RUG ( WELL FADED) 116CM X 175 CM L
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
HAND KNOTTED RED & ORANGE WOOL RUG ( WELL FADED) 116CM X 175 CM L
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
TEKKE BOKHARA TRIBAL AREA RUG
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
TEKKE BOKHARA TRIBAL AREA RUG
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
KURDISH TRIBAL RUNNER with CAMEL HAIR c.1910
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
KURDISH TRIBAL RUNNER with CAMEL HAIR c.1910
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $500- $900
$2501 Bid
KURDISH TRIBAL RUNNER with CAMEL HAIR
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
KURDISH TRIBAL RUNNER with CAMEL HAIR
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $500- $900
$2501 Bid
A Ziegler carpet,
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Ziegler carpet,
by Sworders
Est: £400- £600
£3201 Bid
Vasenteppich, ca. 207x 154 cm.
Dec 09, 2:00 PM CET
Vasenteppich, ca. 207x 154 cm.
by Dannenberg
Est: €50- €60
€501 Bid
FINEST GHANZI HAND KNOTTED WOOL RUG
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
FINEST GHANZI HAND KNOTTED WOOL RUG
by A Ok Auction Company
Est: $500- $800
$1001 Bid
Machine hooked rug, 1’9” x 2’9”. This lot from DeBow Freed Trust.
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
Machine hooked rug, 1’9” x 2’9”. This lot from DeBow Freed Trust.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

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