A New World Record: $33 Million Persian Rug Sold by Sotheby’s


Ever heard of the most expensive carpet in the world? We’ll clear the mystery in this article about the famous Persian rug sold at Sotheby’s.

This might be some old news, but part of our series on rugs, here’s something to kindle your interest for rugs, tapestry and all other things antiques: a Persian rug from the first half of the 17th century was sold at an auction by Sotheby’s for a fantastic $33 million. That’s 33,765,000 USD (or 22,016,824 GBP) to be more precise. The new owner is undisclosed; however, the previous owner was Bacri Frères from Paris, and the initial estimation was around the 5-7 million USD mark. The auction was held in New York, at 10 in the morning, on the 5th of June this year. The exact title of the rug, as displayed on the auction’s agenda, was A sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette vase-technique carpet, probably Kirman, Southeast Persia. The size of the carpet is approximately 8ft. 9in. by 6ft. 5in. (2.67 by 1.96m).

Where can I see an image of the rug?

You can see more about this unique rug on the Sotheby’s page — and don’t forget to click on the Show Literature & Condition Notes for more details.

What sort of rug related services do you provide?

In the meanwhile, if you choose Magic for rug cleaning in London, remember that:
  • we can clean the rugs at your property or at our own depots;
  • we won’t charge you anywhere near Sotheby’s own figures — see our rug cleaning prices for more details, too.
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