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Persian Rugs & Carpets

Perhaps the most coveted and valuable of carpets made in the luxurious weaving tradition of the ancient world is the Persian rug. Persia (now Iran) was a bridge between the Eastern and Western ancient world and a major crossroads on the Silk Road. Thus, Persia had access to merchandise, materials, and perspectives from many different cultures that were unknown in other parts of the world.

The history of rug-weaving culture in Persia dates back over 2,500 years to when the Babylonian conqueror Cyrus the Great introduced carpet making to the area. Yet, it is likely that the locals were already familiar with the making of knotted rugs, as sheep and goats provided them with fine wool for weaving. In 1038, the Seljak tribe conquered Persia. The Seljak weavers were skilled in rug weaving, and made a great impact on the tradition in Persia. To this day, the Turkish ethnic element of Iran uses a Turkish (Ghiordes) knot in weaving, while the Persian-speaking population uses the asymmetrical Persian (Senneh) knot.

The Persian carpet was immortalized during the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th century. Designs became more detailed and colorful, with cleaner patterns. Made primarily of wool, the carpets sometimes contained cotton, jute, silk, or animal hair. Floral or medallion central motifs created a bold effect. Falconry and hunting were favorite motifs of artists due to the Persian elite’s fondness for these pursuits, and the subject portrayed in rug weaving gave birth to the “hunting carpets” of this period. During the reign of Shah Abbas, the ruler sent silk merchants and weavers to the capital and signed trade treaties with Spain, England, and France. The major export and trade of the Persian antique rug spread worldwide. Today, about 1,500 samples are housed in museums and private collections. Persian carpets are coveted for their quality, longevity, and beauty.


Quick Facts

  • Authentic Persian carpets are hand-woven and made with natural dyes, which adds to their value and durability
  • The Iran Carpet Company claims that a 2007 mosque project measuring 5,600 square meters and containing more than 2 billion knots is the world’s largest hand-woven carpet – it is reportedly valued at $5.8 million
  • A Safavid silk velvet Persian “hunting rug” sold for $3,442,500 in an auction held by Sotheby’s in 2009

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Hand-knotted diamond patterned with surrounding border Persian Kilim( 317 x 277cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Hand-knotted diamond patterned with surrounding border Persian Kilim( 317 x 277cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
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Vintage Room Sized Heriz Rug
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
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by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
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Persian hand-knotted striped Sumac runner ( 190 x 73cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Persian hand-knotted striped Sumac runner ( 190 x 73cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
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Hand-knotted Persian Kilim with multi-coloured repeating diamond motif ( 142 x 100cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Hand-knotted Persian Kilim with multi-coloured repeating diamond motif ( 142 x 100cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
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Hand-knotted diamond pattern with surrounding border Persian Kilim ( 390 x 238cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Hand-knotted diamond pattern with surrounding border Persian Kilim ( 390 x 238cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD700
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Diamond pattern with surrounding border hand-knotted Persian Kilim runner( 299 x 83cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Diamond pattern with surrounding border hand-knotted Persian Kilim runner( 299 x 83cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
AUD16011 Bids
A PERSIAN SAROUKH RUG WITH A TREE OF LIFE, WOOL ON COTTON, THIRD QUARTER 20TH C.
Jun 20, 10:00 AM CEST
A PERSIAN SAROUKH RUG WITH A TREE OF LIFE, WOOL ON COTTON, THIRD QUARTER 20TH C.
by Coronari Auctions
Est: €400- €800
€80010 Bids
Diamond & star design hand-knotted Persian Kilim runner ( 294 x 84cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Diamond & star design hand-knotted Persian Kilim runner ( 294 x 84cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
AUD808 Bids
Hand-knotted Persian Kilim with central diamond pattern & border ( 200 x 104cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Hand-knotted Persian Kilim with central diamond pattern & border ( 200 x 104cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD908 Bids
A PERSIAN ISFAHAN RUG WITH TREES OF LIFE, WOOL ON COTTON, THIRD QUARTER 20TH C.
Jun 20, 10:00 AM CEST
A PERSIAN ISFAHAN RUG WITH TREES OF LIFE, WOOL ON COTTON, THIRD QUARTER 20TH C.
by Coronari Auctions
Est: €400- €800
€7008 Bids
Diamond pattern centre with surrounding border Persian Kilim runner ( 203 x 60cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Diamond pattern centre with surrounding border Persian Kilim runner ( 203 x 60cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1207 Bids
Vintage striped hand-knotted Persian Kilim ( 233 x 169cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Vintage striped hand-knotted Persian Kilim ( 233 x 169cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD500
AUD1307 Bids
Persian hand-knotted pure wool Kashan carpet with red & blue tones (380 x 290cm)
Jun 20, 10:00 AM AEST
Persian hand-knotted pure wool Kashan carpet with red & blue tones (380 x 290cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD500
AUD2607 Bids
Vintage Hand-knotted diagonal striped Persian kilim ( 280 x 450cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Vintage Hand-knotted diagonal striped Persian kilim ( 280 x 450cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD3757 Bids
Persian hand-knotted over-dyed wool Baluchi carpet (180 x 112cm)
Jun 20, 10:00 AM AEST
Persian hand-knotted over-dyed wool Baluchi carpet (180 x 112cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD240
AUD1007 Bids
Repeating dotted diamond pattern on solid teal background Persian Kilim ( 154 x 104cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Repeating dotted diamond pattern on solid teal background Persian Kilim ( 154 x 104cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD707 Bids
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac with repeating geometric pattern( 265 x 195cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac with repeating geometric pattern( 265 x 195cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD1406 Bids
Hand Woven Wool Persian Rug in Good Size
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Hand Woven Wool Persian Rug in Good Size
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
A PERSIAN TABRIZ RUG WITH A NARRATIVE DESIGN, SIGNED, WOOL AND SILK ON COTTON, MID 20TH C.
Jun 20, 10:00 AM CEST
A PERSIAN TABRIZ RUG WITH A NARRATIVE DESIGN, SIGNED, WOOL AND SILK ON COTTON, MID 20TH C.
by Coronari Auctions
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€2,0006 Bids
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac runner with repeating geometric pattern ( 295 x 87cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac runner with repeating geometric pattern ( 295 x 87cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD350- AUD450
AUD1106 Bids
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac (265 x 195cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Striped hand-knotted Persian Sumac (265 x 195cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD1505 Bids
Fine Persian Sumac ( 115 x 95cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Fine Persian Sumac ( 115 x 95cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD605 Bids
Hand-knotted diamond & star Persian Kilim (157 x 103cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Hand-knotted diamond & star Persian Kilim (157 x 103cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD605 Bids

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