We are used to hearing about how expensive oriental rugs are, but few of us can guess the price of the most expensive rug in the world!
In fact, it is a price that is hard to imagine, as the cost of the most expensive carpet in the world: $4,450,000! It is a silk carpet from Isfahan and was sold by the famous auction house Christie's.
Here are the 10 most expensive oriental rugs in the world
1. Isfahan silk carpets
The Isfahan silk carpet, measuring 7 ft 7 in x 5 ft 7 in (231 cm x 170 cm), occupies the top of the list of the ten most expensive carpets in the world. It was sold by Christie's in 2008 at a price of $4,450,000.
There are many factors that contributed to selling it at this price. The knot density, the use of many colors, the exquisite craftsmanship, and the pure silk. Despite the age of the rug it was in very good condition with very little damage when it was sold.
The Isfahan silk rug was once owned by the wealthy Doris Duke, an internationally known collector of oriental rugs. Another important fact about the selling price of this rug is that this price is not only the highest price ever paid for a rug at auction, but it is the highest price among private rug sales as well.
2. Ziegler Carpets Mahal
The second most expensive carpet in the world
Sold for $182,500, the second most expensive carpet rank goes to Ziegler Mahal Carpets from Central Persia.
The factors that contributed to the high price of this carpet were its excellent condition, large gauge, and attractive color combinations including light blue and terracotta; They are two of the common colors in these types of carpets.
3. Ziegler Carpets Mahal
The third most expensive carpet in the world
The other Ziegler carpet occupies the third position in the list of the most expensive types of carpets in the world, and it was sold at a price of 170,500 US dollars, and among the factors that contributed to the high price of this carpet is its large size, and its attractive and soft colors, which are completely unique in Mahal carpets.
The fact that this rug ranked third on the list despite the damage caused by moths is evidence of the high value of this piece, and according to experts the damage to the rug can be successfully repaired so that the owners can restore the rug to its former glory.
4. Mat Usak
Fourth most expensive carpet in the world
The fourth most expensive carpet is the brightly colored Oshak, a symbolic carpet. This richly designed carpet sold for $158,500. Features that contributed to its high price include its lustrous brick-red color and pattern, and its exceptional craftsmanship.
5. Isfahan carpet
Fifth most expensive carpet in the world
The Isfahan rug was also part of the Doris Duke collection, and its sale price of $116,500 ranks it as the fifth most expensive rug in the world. Delightful color combinations, intricate pattern design, and high decorative value helped increase its value.
One of its most striking features is the small border consisting of an unusual vine design consisting of stylized buds in a repeating pattern. This is rarely seen in the small borders of Isfahan carpets and is thought to derive from the chrome borders found in classical Persian carpets of the 16th century.
Read also: History of oriental carpets
6. Ziegler Carpets Mahal
Sixth most expensive carpet in the world
Another Ziegler carpet managed to enter the top ten list of the most expensive carpets, which is evidence of the high quality and high value of this type of carpet. Featuring deep royal hues and an elaborately patterned floral border, this Ziegler Mahal rug sold for $98,500 at Sotheby's. It is also the third of the top ten to come from well-known carpet league group Doris Duke.
7. Sajjad Mohtashem Kashan
Seventh most expensive carpet in the world
The Mohtasham Kashan carpet from central Persia ranked seventh among the 10 most expensive carpets in the world, and it was sold by Sotheby's auction for $ 92,500.
The excellent craftsmanship and precision of execution, along with the intricate design and beautiful color combinations, give this rug a high decorative value. Mohtashem Kashan rugs are generally regarded as among the most beautiful of all Kashan rugs and this particular piece is a prime example of that.
8. Portuguese armored carpet
The eighth most expensive carpet in the world
Eighth on this list, this Portuguese armored rug, sold for: $80,500 by Christie's New York in 2008, features a central square medallion with an intricate border, composed of repeating oscillating patterns.
9. Ferjan Saruq carpet
Ninth most expensive carpet in the world
The ninth place is occupied by the Ferjan carpet, at a price of $ 74,500, and it represents a typical design for the Ferjan Saruq carpet, which is highly preferred by the majority of carpet collectors.
These carpets are distinguished by three medallions, which run along its length, forming a design somewhat resembling that of a symmetrical hour glass.
10. Tabriz carpet
Tenth most expensive carpet in the world
Rounding out our top ten list, is this Tabriz rug, sold by Sotheby's for: $68,500. Originating in northwestern Persia, this rug is a perfect example of the traditional Mahi field patterns and colors.
[Translated by adaptation from catalinarug.com