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Middle Eastern Rugs & Carpets

Middle Eastern rugs are prized and collected the world over for their beauty, elegance, and quality. The longevity and character of the Middle Eastern carpet is due to techniques that have been passed down for thousands of years and the use of natural materials and dyes from the landscape.

The tradition of rug weaving began in Turkey, with the arrival of Seljuk tribes from Central Asia. The art form continued with the Ottoman Turks. During this era, “Classic Ottoman rugs” were created, also known as “palace rugs” because they were commissioned specifically to decorate the palaces of royalty.

Seljuk influence spread to other conquered territories in the Middle East. In the provinces of Azerbaijan and Hamadan where Seljuk influence was the most powerful, the Turkish knot is used to this day. Rugs from these regions between the Black and Caspian Seas are known as Caucasian rugs, which contain a regional influence and tribal beauty of their own. The Persian rug, the greatest rug industry of all time, gradually became more detailed and colorful. It is still a major product of Iran.

Middle Eastern antique rugs are the classic craft of the ancient world. The value of an antique Middle Eastern rug tends to rise as long as the carpet is kept in good condition. Examples are also preserved in museums, palaces, and private collections worldwide.


Quick Facts

  • One system used by experts to date the carpets is based on their appearance in the artworks of famous Italian and Flemish artists, such as Lotto and Holbein
  • Iran generated $57 million in revenues from rug exports in 2014, but trade bans on exports from Iran have limited the country’s export market and made these pieces rarer and more valuable
  • A late 18th or early 19th century Saryk carpet from Turkmenistan commanded a realized price of $36,135 at Christie’s of London

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Afghan hand knotted wool carpet with red and blue tessellated pattern (200 x 128cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted wool carpet with red and blue tessellated pattern (200 x 128cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD180- AUD240
AUD1207 Bids
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Barjesteh carpet 152 x 98cm
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Barjesteh carpet 152 x 98cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD140
AUD1306 Bids
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Chobi carpet 280 x 180cm
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Chobi carpet 280 x 180cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
AUD606 Bids
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Kundus carpet 300 x 200cm
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Kundus carpet 300 x 200cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD506 Bids
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Barjesteh carpet 154 x 105cm
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted pure wool Barjesteh carpet 154 x 105cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD140
AUD1105 Bids
Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet with red field and yellow border (351 x 81cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Afghan hand knotted wool Gabbeh runner carpet with red field and yellow border (351 x 81cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD304 Bids
A Uzbek Felt Rug, Uzbekistan, circa 1920
Jun 02, 2:00 PM AEST
A Uzbek Felt Rug, Uzbekistan, circa 1920
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD700- AUD1,000
AUD7503 Bids
Two Afghan Rugs, Larger: 4 ft 4 in x 2 ft 6 in
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Afghan Rugs, Larger: 4 ft 4 in x 2 ft 6 in
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$353 Bids
Antique Yomud Carpet Rug
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Yomud Carpet Rug
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $600
$1502 Bids
Antique Dhagestan Prayer Rug
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Dhagestan Prayer Rug
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
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SOUMAC RUG: 5’4” X 6’4” First Half of the 20th Century
Jun 14, 9:30 AM EDT
SOUMAC RUG: 5’4” X 6’4” First Half of the 20th Century
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
4PC Caucasian Middle Eastern Carpet Rugs
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
4PC Caucasian Middle Eastern Carpet Rugs
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Heriz Botanical Carpet Rug
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Heriz Botanical Carpet Rug
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Qashqai
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Qashqai
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF480- CHF600
CHF4801 Bid
Isfahan, Iran, cork wool and silk on silk, very fine weave, signed, approx. 1.62 x 1.02 m
Jun 15, 12:00 PM CEST
Isfahan, Iran, cork wool and silk on silk, very fine weave, signed, approx. 1.62 x 1.02 m
by Auktionshaus Plückbaum
Est: €0- €0
€5001 Bid
Beluch
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Beluch
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF200- CHF250
CHF2000 Bids
Bidjar
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Bidjar
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF640- CHF800
CHF6000 Bids
Heriz
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Heriz
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF640- CHF800
CHF6000 Bids
Joshaghan
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Joshaghan
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF640- CHF800
CHF6000 Bids
Kirman
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Kirman
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF640- CHF800
CHF6000 Bids
Bukhara old, Afghanistan, approx. 50 years, wool on
Jun 01, 11:00 AM CEST
Bukhara old, Afghanistan, approx. 50 years, wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €200
€400 Bids

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