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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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Three tribal flat weave rugs
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three tribal flat weave rugs
by Gibson's
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2806 Bids
Gee's Bend Abstract Wool Rug, 6' 9" x 5' 2"
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Gee's Bend Abstract Wool Rug, 6' 9" x 5' 2"
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1253 Bids
Flatweave Striped Kilim Style Rug with Figural Animals, Stefan Galkowski
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Flatweave Striped Kilim Style Rug with Figural Animals, Stefan Galkowski
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $300- $600
$1503 Bids
A large contemporary wool rug
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A large contemporary wool rug
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2602 Bids
72in Ortegas 100% Hand Woven Wool Rug
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
72in Ortegas 100% Hand Woven Wool Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Nautica Travel Rug
Mar 03, 2:00 PM AEDT
Nautica Travel Rug
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD30- AUD40
AUD252 Bids
Arts and Crafts Carpet
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
Arts and Crafts Carpet
by STAIR
Est: $800- $1,200
$4502 Bids
Irish Donegal Runner
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
Irish Donegal Runner
by STAIR
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
Orient-Seiden-Teppich, Täbris, China, ca. 50-60 Jahre alt, sehr feine Knüpfung
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Orient-Seiden-Teppich, Täbris, China, ca. 50-60 Jahre alt, sehr feine Knüpfung
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1002 Bids
Orientteppich und Läufer, Persien, ca. 50 Jahre alt
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Orientteppich und Läufer, Persien, ca. 50 Jahre alt
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €300- €400
€302 Bids
THREE ORIENTAL MATS.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
THREE ORIENTAL MATS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Two Braided Rugs
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Braided Rugs
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Handmade Wool Wall Hanging/Rug. Middle Eastern Design
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Handmade Wool Wall Hanging/Rug. Middle Eastern Design
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $400
$101 Bid
rough rug
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
rough rug
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Hand-knotted rug, wool on wool, natural colours and the wool is handspun, n
Mar 04, 7:00 PM CET
Hand-knotted rug, wool on wool, natural colours and the wool is handspun, n
by Auctions & Collections
Est: €400- €600
€2001 Bid
Hand-knotted wool rug decorated without floral medallion, hand-spun wool in
Mar 04, 7:00 PM CET
Hand-knotted wool rug decorated without floral medallion, hand-spun wool in
by Auctions & Collections
Est: €800- €900
€3801 Bid
Oriental rug, hand-knotted in wool, the wool is hand-spun and naturally col
Mar 04, 7:00 PM CET
Oriental rug, hand-knotted in wool, the wool is hand-spun and naturally col
by Auctions & Collections
Est: €700- €800
€2901 Bid
TAPPETO
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
Safavieh "Tibetan Collection" wool rug
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Safavieh "Tibetan Collection" wool rug
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Turkaman Rug, 7'4" x 10'10"
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Turkaman Rug, 7'4" x 10'10"
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1001 Bid
COLOURFUL RUG
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
COLOURFUL RUG
by Sheppards
Est: €100- €150
€601 Bid
Large Oriental Silk and Woollen Floor rug with Bird motif Border and central Medalion Design 300x184cm
Mar 06, 7:00 PM AEDT
Large Oriental Silk and Woollen Floor rug with Bird motif Border and central Medalion Design 300x184cm
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
(2) Tibetan style tiger rugs
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
(2) Tibetan style tiger rugs
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid

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