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Detail Images of Pearl Carpet of Baroda: Rare Carpet to be Auctioned

See Rug Rag Entry for The Pearl Carpet of Baroda

See Press Release for The Pearl Carpet of Baroda

 *****UPDATE:  This Rug has SOLD for nearly $5.5 Million USD on March 19, 2009*****

The pearl carpet is said to measure approximately 5'8" x 8'8" and was valued at Rs 6,000,000 140 years ago (by current exchange rate ~$120,000 USD in 1865*) according to Tribune India** 

The Carpet will be going to auction at Sotheby's Doha Qatar on March 19th, 2009 with a starting bid of $5,000,000.00 USD.  Made in India with hundreds of rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and an estimated 1,400,000+ Basra pearls, the carpet is expected to sell significantly higher than the starting bid.  

 

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda


Sapphires an Rubies in Gold

Diamond Bezel 

Diamond and Gold Pearl Carpet

Detail Image Pearl Carpet of Baroda

Pearl Carpet Border

Corner Detail

Historical Indian Pearl Carpet

Also Check out TOP TEN Rugs and Carpets of 2008

 

Sources:

Sothebys.com

**http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020818/spectrum/heritage.htm

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*We were unable to find the Rupees to USD exchange rate in 1865.  The exchange rate we used is based on current exchange rates as of 2/24/09. 


 

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February 25. 2009 12:19

Finezza

Beautiful rug. The first time I saw this.

Finezza

February 25. 2009 17:13

Mindy

Just look at the detail work, this is unreal! cool blog, 5 stars

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February 26. 2009 00:52

Tynkr

it's so small but precious none the less!

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February 27. 2009 19:21

LM

Tynkr, the rug is SIX FEET by SEVEN FEET. I don't think i've ever heard of anything made entirely of precious stones that was bigger.

It absolutely rocks.... just imagine standing barefoot on it, just for a minute, and feeling all those diamonds and rubies beneath your feet...

LM

February 27. 2009 19:39

David

Hi LM,

I agree, this is quite an example. Relatively speaking, I think the size is pretty large considering the elements.

There was a carpet said to have been made long ago called the 'Garden Carpet of Khosro I', sometimes referenced as the 'Spring of Khosrow Carpet'. It is said to have been worth $200+ million by today's currency. We've read different reference to size of the carpet, one stating 450' x 90', and one of 90' x 90'. Either way, it was a gigantic carpet said to be embroidered with many precious stones, jewels and gold.

Legend has it the carpet was seized by Arabs and cut up into nearly 6,000 pieces to be sold individually by soldiers after the fall of the Persian Empire.

Here is one reference of the carpet:

http://www.jstor.org/pss/859312

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February 28. 2009 15:33

debbie

I don't know if I've ever seen a piece of work this beautiful. It belongs in a museum so people can enjoy. I am amazed at it's beauty and "things" don't really impress me that much. Wonderful.

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March 3. 2009 04:43

b k patel

It is amazing to view the magnificiant display.It is very rare to see now a days,worth prasing the antiquity.

b k patel

March 5. 2009 02:28

Elesdee

Truly spectacular. Stellar work quality and attention to detail not seen in handicraft for ages. If treated correctly this rug will last an eternity.

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March 6. 2009 01:35

skinny puppy

how wast full. sad

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March 6. 2009 17:16

Betty Jane

The carpet is truly a work of art. Hopefully no one ever steps foot upon it. Things like this should be wall hangings. Absolutely stunning.

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March 6. 2009 18:34

David

Hi Betty,

Agreed! it really is stunning.

Looking at the top photo, seems as though the carpet was intended for horizontal orientation. The design is slightly different on the left hand side.

All the best,

David

March 17. 2009 21:42

Shine Marie

This rug is a symbol of elegance and old world craftsmanship. In the 21century our young people today do not have many master artisans to create such a work of art. Yet I recently visited a website call pnadre.com were they created wall jewlery that was just gorgeous, and i hear they are going to created jeweled mosaic floor rugs. I know they won't be selling for 20 million dollars.

Some people are not participating in this economic stage.

I'm not
Shine

Shine Marie

March 19. 2009 21:38

Jaime

Cool blog!

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March 20. 2009 03:10

farmer

I would like to put that carpet in my piggery.

farmer

March 20. 2009 18:04

A

This carpet was made to be sent to Medinah in Saudi Arabia to be used as a cover for the prophet Muhammad's tomb. It is indeed an amazing work of art.

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March 21. 2009 16:13

Modern Rugs

That is a seriously impressive rug, although slightly out of my price range, I think I would be nervous to stand on it...

Modern Rugs

March 23. 2009 06:28

g

wowwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

g

April 22. 2009 16:12

sid

spell-bindingly beautiful. I could stare at it all day.

sid

August 16. 2009 20:42

Vikram B

it is one of the exquisite pieces of art ever created in the history of mankind...incredibly amazing it looks, though it carries cabochon gems!

Vikram B


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