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Expensive Agra Carpet Sells at Sotheby's

 

The first five months of 2010 has already yielded a record price for Antique rugs nearly two fold the previous record set just a few years ago.  While the most recent record prices were for rugs centries old, the market for 19th century carpets has continued to gain strength.

A recent example of such is lot 174 sold by Sotheby's New York this Wednesday April 28, 2010.  An Agra carpet from Northwest India dated 1875 in the size of 14' x 11'2" sold for $242,500 including buyer premium.  

Expensive Agra Carpet Red
 
 
condition report as rendered by Sotheby's:
 
Pile generally good ranging from 1/10 inch to low to knotheads with dark brown in borders oxidized to knotheads and foundation, now with tinting and kashmir repiling; one small (3 x 2 inch) reweave in upper left corner of field; smaller scattered reweaves in right border.
overcast on all four sides, cloth banding sewn to reverse of all four sides.
Very flexible handle, lustrous wool, sound fabric and condition.

In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
 

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