4.5 million dollar Persian rug

The Persian Rug that sold for 4.45 million dollars
The rug that sold for 4 and a half million dollars.

In what was reputedly the biggest sale in Oriental and Persian rug history, Christie’s Auction house in New York sold a four-hundred-year-old silk Persian Isfahan carpet for a cool $4,450,500 earlier this month. The rug is 5’7″ by 7’7″ and is believed to have been made circa 1600.

The Persian art historian Arthur Pope has written about this particular piece. “Nothing further in the way of refinement, imagination, perfection of technique, or infinite charm of color was produced in this period,” he says, referring to the reign of Shah Abbas (1587-1629) of the Safavid dynasty.

The fact that the rug’s previous owner was Doris Duke might also have added to the stratospheric selling price. The price comes out to about $105,000 per square foot.

4 Comments

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    Aisha Khan September 23, 2008

    wow woww wow !!
    what a breath takingly beautiful carpet !!!

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    Barbara Wetzell February 19, 2009

    To appreciate the work that goes into knotting one of these carpets, read The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani. Great historical fiction book about carpet weavers in this time period in Persia.

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    terry May 25, 2012

    I love that rug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is better
    than our $20,000 persian rug.

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    david August 9, 2013

    I have a rug that was brought over from Lebanon which is over 100 yrs old. How can I find out how much it’s worth?

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