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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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An Oriental rug, decorated with floral motifs, 210 x 355 cm
May 29, 10:00 AM CEST
An Oriental rug, decorated with floral motifs, 210 x 355 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €800- €1,200
€1,2009 Bids
An Oriental rug, floral decorated, 187 x 398 cm
May 29, 10:00 AM CEST
An Oriental rug, floral decorated, 187 x 398 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €800- €1,200
€1,2009 Bids
A Large red Bokhara handwoven woollen carpet with 60 guls on a claret ground. 249 x 184cm
May 26, 7:00 PM AEST
A Large red Bokhara handwoven woollen carpet with 60 guls on a claret ground. 249 x 184cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD1509 Bids
Mid-Century Woven Rug 8’3” x 12’
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Mid-Century Woven Rug 8’3” x 12’
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$609 Bids
Natural Full Zebra Hide Area Carpet Rug 109" x 64"
May 29, 12:00 PM EDT
Natural Full Zebra Hide Area Carpet Rug 109" x 64"
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2256 Bids
TWO RUGS
May 20, 10:00 AM PDT
TWO RUGS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$506 Bids
Large Woven Floral Area Rug
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Woven Floral Area Rug
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$214 Bids
Vintage Oriental Carpet
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Vintage Oriental Carpet
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$904 Bids
Early Two Lions Hooked Rug
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Early Two Lions Hooked Rug
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$1104 Bids
Oriental Rug
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Oriental Rug
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$1004 Bids
Handwoven Wool Rugs
May 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Handwoven Wool Rugs
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$304 Bids
Hooked Staircase Runner, Two Sections
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Hooked Staircase Runner, Two Sections
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$403 Bids
Room Size Early Hooked Rug
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Room Size Early Hooked Rug
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Hand Made Area Rug
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Made Area Rug
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$213 Bids
Latch & Hook Floral Rug
May 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Latch & Hook Floral Rug
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$103 Bids
96in Southern Style Pueblo Blocks Wool Area Rug
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
96in Southern Style Pueblo Blocks Wool Area Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Bokhara hand knotted wool runner with two columns of guls on cream field (302 x 78cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Bokhara hand knotted wool runner with two columns of guls on cream field (302 x 78cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD603 Bids
Palace Size Hand Made Rug
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Palace Size Hand Made Rug
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$113 Bids
TWO RUGS
May 20, 10:00 AM PDT
TWO RUGS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Contemporary Green Ground Rug, 6 ft x 3 ft 8 in
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Contemporary Green Ground Rug, 6 ft x 3 ft 8 in
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$303 Bids
Large Old Hooked Rug
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Large Old Hooked Rug
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Round Braided Rug
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Round Braided Rug
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Wool Woven Oriental Rug
May 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Wool Woven Oriental Rug
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$602 Bids

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