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The Pearl Carpet of Baroda: Perhaps the Next Most Expensive Carpet?

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

This March 19th, 2009, Sotheby's Doha is going to be auctioning off a pearl studded carpet for what will be the highest auction estimate placed on rug.  'The pearl carpet of Baroda' as the rug is referred to as, will have a starting bid of $5,000,000 according to

Believed to have been made around 1865, The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is reputed to be a gift for the Prophet Mohammad's Tomb.  The carpet has an estimated 1.4 million+ Basra pearls integrated into it's surface, hundreds of precious stones including rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold. 

While the bidding will start at $5,000,000 USD, the Carpet is expected to fetch a significantly higher hammer price.  If the rug does sell just at the starting bid, it will exceed the World Record for Highest Price Paid for a hand made Carpet by more than a half Million Dollars.

According to the Sunday Tribune, the rug measures approximately 5'8" x 8'8".  Very interesting information here about this extraordinary piece, which apparently in 1865 was valued at some 6,000,000 Rupees, or $120,000.00 

See Press Release






Session 1: Thu, 19 Mar 09, 8:00 PM


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March 19. 2009 08:47

Jonathan Cobwell

This is a beautiful rug.


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