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Antique Seventeenth Century Persian Rug Shatters All Auction Price Records and Fetches Nearly $34,000,000

As of this afternoon, there is a new antique rug that can boast the lofty distinction of being the most expensive rug ever sold at auction as a beautiful Persian carpet sold for nearly $34 million today at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City.

More than tripling the previous record price paid for a rug, the amazing piece that sold today at Sotheby’s is a fantastic work of art of the highest order. According to Sotheby’s, the rug is a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique carpet,” that is probably of Kerman origin, and had belonged to the Clark Collection.

Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

Picture Of The Persian vase Rug Which Became The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

Antique Persian Vase carpets such as this piece are extraordinarily desirable, a fact that was only underscored by the tremendous price fetched by this impressive carpet today.

Upon the final sale of the rug, the room at Sotheby’s erupted into applause in a cathartic release of the excitement and energy that had been steadily building in the room as the price of the rug rose and rose.

Most Expensive Carpet Ever Sold

Jason Nazmiyal Posing With The Most Expensive Carpet Ever Sold

Shattering pre-auction estimates and all previous sale records for the highest prices ever fetched for a rug, the sale of this magnificent Kerman marks something of a watershed moment, as antique rugs become an ever more desirable commodity and establish a very firm footing in the highest rungs of the art world.

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Here are the top 6 most expensive rugs ever sold at auction:

Louis XV Savonnerie carpet Nazmiyal

Louis XV Savonnerie carpet, sold for $4.4 million at Christie’s.

This rug was created by Pierre-Josse Perrot, a French artist and one of the King’s favorites, in the 18th century. He created three of these carpets for Louis the XV’s dining room.

Doris Duke Silk Isfahan Carpet Nazmiyal

The Doris Duke Silk Isfahan carpet, sold for $4.45 million at Christie’s.

This rug was created at some point during the 1600’s in Iran under the rule of Shah Abbas. Notably, tobacco heiress Doris Duke owned this carpet during the 20th century.

Pearl Carpet of Baroda Nazmiyal

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda, sold at Sotheby’s for $5.54 million.

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda was commissioned by the Maharajah Khanderao Gaekwad of Baroda (India) in the mid-1800’s to give as an offering to the Prophet’s Tomb in Medina. The carpet is made from many materials including deer hide strands, silk, miniature precious gems, silver and gold foil, and a million Basra seed pearls.

Vanderbilt Mughal Millefleurs Star-Lattice Carpet Nazmiyal

Vanderbilt Mughal Millefleurs Star-Lattice carpet, sold for $7.7 million at Christie’s.

This Vanderbilt Mughal rug was created in Northern India during the early 18th century. This carpet was once owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt and remained in his family for over a century. It is one of only twelve known millefleur carpets from this time period.

Clark Sickle Leaf Carpet Nazmiyal

The Clark Sickle Leaf carpet sold for $33.7 million at Sotheby’s.

The most valuable rug in all of history, this carpet is said to be the epitome of the ‘vase’ technique. It is an incredibly rare design made in the early 17th century.

Comtesse de Behague Vase Carpet Nazmiyal

The Comtesse de Behague vase carpet, sold for $9.6 million at Christie’s.

The Comtesse de Behague, Martine Marie Pol, was a renowned art collector who owned this beautiful vase carpet during the 20th century. The early vase designs such as those seen in this carpet are the most intricate and highly desirable. Prior to 2013, this was the most expensive rug ever sold at auction.

You might also want to read: Why Are Rugs So Expensive?

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