Rugs form an important part of floor decor in your living space. Rugs with different colours and patterns can make any boring space come alive. They lend a warm, cosy feeling to any room. Depending on the materials used and the skill involved, the cost of these rugs can fluctuate between medium to very high prices. There are simple coir rugs to expensive silk, Persian ones that once belonged to royal families. Check out this amazing compilation of very expensive rugs that still look stunning in spite of being around for several centuries.
Most Expensive Rugs:
This rug from the collection of Doris Duke is one of the most expensive rugs available in this world. Made from pure silk of the finest quality, this Persian rug is an antique piece. Woven in the year 1600, it has a dimension of 231 cm x 170 cm. It has a high knot density and lots of colours. It was sold in the year 2008 for a whopping sum of $116,500.
Ziegler Mahal Carpet
This ancient square cut carpet has a beautiful flower patterned border done using a massive print scale that includes a wide range of colours like light blue and terracotta. Originally from central Persia, this antique rug can easily set you back by $98,500.
This one is also a Persian carpet and depicts the fine field patterns and colours of the Mahi tradition. The turtle shell design along its border is extremely rare. It costs a princely amount of $68,500.
This rug looks stunning with vivid colours and outstanding contrast, despite its age. Made in the year 1600, it has beautiful design patterns that represent Western Anatolian Traditions with distinctive saturated brick red fields. It was sold at Christie’s for an outstanding sum of $158,500.
Mohtashem Kashan Rug
This carpet is one of the finest and most expensive type of Kashan carpet. Created in the year 1850, this carpet features traditional Kashan patterns with vivid colours. It boasts of excellent quality and first class craftsmanship. It was sold for a staggering sum of $92,500.
This is the hot favourite of collectors around the world. Made in Persia, this rug features a symmetrical design consisting of three medallions and an intricate border similar to old Safavid borders. It can easily make you poorer by $74,500.
Portuguese Armorial Rug
This square cut rug depicts a simple pattern but yet looks so elegant and rich. It is now a part of an exclusive collection owned by Doris Duke, one of the famous rug collectors in the world. It was last sold for $80,500.
Safavid Prayer Rug
This Safavid Rug has inscriptions that indicate that it was a gift from the Persian Safavid court to the Ottoman Turks. Made of wool, silk and metal thread, in circa 1575 to 1625, it has Persian verses inscribed in Nastaliq font. It was last auctioned at Sotheby’s London in 2009 for an eye popping $4.3 million.
Pearl Carpet Of Baroda
This 1685 masterpiece is made of the finest quality silk and deer hide. It has been embroidered using strings of Basra pearls and colourful English glass beads. This opulent rug is embellished with almost 2,500 occasional rose cut and table cut diamonds embedded in silver besides emeralds, foil-backed rubies and sapphires set in gold. It was sold for a staggering $5.548 million at Sotheby’s at Doha in the year 2009.
Louis XV Savonnerie Carpet
Designed by Pierre Josse Perrot, this exclusive rug was woven sometime between 1740 and 1750. It was part of a consignment of three carpets made for the Crown Furniture Repository in France. Elaborately decorated, this stunning rug sold for an outstanding $4.4 million at Christie’s ‘Magnificent French Furniture’ sale.
Sickle Leaf And Vine Scroll Vase Carpet
Made somewhere in between the year 1600 to 1650, this sickle leaf vine scroll and palmette vase carpet is an epitome of outstanding Persian art of carpet weaving. It features an intricate sickle leaf design in a rare vase technique carpet pattern with a red background which is equally rare. This vase carpet was sold at Sotheby’s New York for a huge sum of $33.7 million in 2013.
Kirman Vase Carpet
This antique rug features the oldest known Persian carpet design pattern known as the herati pattern. Made in the 17th century, this carpet fetched an amazing amount of $9.6 million at Christie’s London in the year 2010.
Mughal Star Lattice Carpet
This is a magnificent rug that traces its origins to Kashmir in India. Made from soft and fine cashmere or ‘Pashmina’ wool, this is one of the 12 mille fleur star lattice carpets, left today, from the Mughal era. It has an elegant scarlet lattice pattern surrounded by a narrow knotted border. This carpet was once owned by the famous American Industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Finally it was sold at Christie’s, London for an amazing $7.7 million.