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Antique Rugs & Carpets

Whether used as simple home décor or collected as an investment, antique rugs have earned a place among the valued objects of the world as cultural archives and art objects. Antique rugs reflect the regional motifs of the area of production and are often identifiable by these traits. Weave, pattern, and color scheme are indicators of an antique rug’s origin. Thousands of examples of antique rugs are found in museums, palaces, and private collections worldwide.

As with any product marketed as an “antique,” the wise buyer would do well to do some basic research on a rug’s history, including distinguishing characteristics such as dyes, weaves, and the time period in which the work was produced.

Hand-woven rugs from the Middle East, China, Europe, and America are distinguishable by the integrity of the weave and the use of natural dyes, qualities which contribute to a fine carpet’s value, beauty, and durability. Many quality machine-made rugs have become collectible and are quite sufficient to suit the tastes of certain audiences, including “Kidderminster” rugs produced during industrialization in England and Oriental and Persian rugs produced in workshops for export to the Western market.

The beauty, rich textures, and colorful motifs mean that antique rugs age like fine wine. The pieces are a testament to their creator’s regional, historical, and personal inspiration.


Quick Facts

  • An Oushak “Medallion” carpet from West Anatolia sold for $90,940 at Sotheby’s in 2008
  • A Safavid silk velvet Persian “hunting rug” sold for $3,442,500 at Sotheby’s in 2009
  • The Indian-made “Pearl Carpet of Baroda” was sold at Sotheby’s in 2009 for $5,458,500

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique 19th Century Persian Afshar Tribal Rug (177 x 132 cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Afshar Tribal Rug (177 x 132 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD20012 Bids
Eagle Kazak Rug, Caucasus, second half 19th century
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Eagle Kazak Rug, Caucasus, second half 19th century
by Grogan & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,25010 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (128 x 95cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (128 x 95cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD1508 Bids
Rare Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch/Tamari tribal Rug (144 x 92cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Rare Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch/Tamari tribal Rug (144 x 92cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2008 Bids
Pinwheel Kazak Rug, Caucasus, ca. 1900
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Pinwheel Kazak Rug, Caucasus, ca. 1900
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2,0008 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Shiraz Tribal Rug (150 x 115 cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Shiraz Tribal Rug (150 x 115 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD508 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (97 x 72cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (97 x 72cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1107 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Baluchi Rug Cushion case (108 x 53cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Baluchi Rug Cushion case (108 x 53cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD1007 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Shiraz S Persian Tribal Rug (135 x 94cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Shiraz S Persian Tribal Rug (135 x 94cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD1206 Bids
Serapi Rug, Persia, Ca. 1875, 4'10'' x 5'10''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Serapi Rug, Persia, Ca. 1875, 4'10'' x 5'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8505 Bids
Kazak Prayer Rug, Caucasus, ca. 1900
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Kazak Prayer Rug, Caucasus, ca. 1900
by Grogan & Company
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,1005 Bids
Small Transcaucasus Bag Front, ca. 1900
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Small Transcaucasus Bag Front, ca. 1900
by Grogan & Company
Est: $500- $1,000
$8005 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (313 x 147cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (313 x 147cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD2205 Bids
C1900 Caucasian Prayer Carpet Rug
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
C1900 Caucasian Prayer Carpet Rug
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $600
$1904 Bids
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Rug (195 x 85 cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Antique 19th Century Persian Belouch Rug (195 x 85 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD1004 Bids
Afshar Rug, Persia, Ca. 1880, 2'4'' x 1'6''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Afshar Rug, Persia, Ca. 1880, 2'4'' x 1'6''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $600
$2504 Bids
ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN LONG RUG (129" X 35")
Jun 02, 10:30 AM EDT
ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN LONG RUG (129" X 35")
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$3003 Bids
An Antique Tabriz Rug
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
An Antique Tabriz Rug
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1003 Bids
Verneh Rug, Caucasus, dated 1316 (1898)
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Verneh Rug, Caucasus, dated 1316 (1898)
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0003 Bids
Rare Turkoman Chuval, pre-1800
Jun 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Rare Turkoman Chuval, pre-1800
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1002 Bids
Pair of Antique Hamsa
Jun 01, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Antique Hamsa
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $50- $250
$302 Bids
Rare Antique 19th (possibly 18th) Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (157 x 97cm)
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Rare Antique 19th (possibly 18th) Century Persian Belouch Tribal Rug (157 x 97cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD302 Bids
Antique Caucasian ‘Chi-chi’ Tribal Rug
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Caucasian ‘Chi-chi’ Tribal Rug
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $100- $200
$302 Bids
Antique Turkish Rug
Jun 05, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Turkish Rug
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $100- $500
$602 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Rugs & Carpets


Material Culture

Material Culture

Grogan & Company

Grogan & Company

Woven Rug Gallery

Woven Rug Gallery

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers