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Top Ten (10) Most Expensive Persian Rugs and Oriental Carpets Prices of 2008

Four major sales between two major Auction Houses Sotheby's and Christie's this year: Important Carpets from distinguished Collectors.  Select Fine oriental rugs and Carpets fetch high dollar and heavy bidding activity.*

Most Expensive Rugs 2009 results now available


Number 10:


Northwest Persian Tabriz Antique CarpetSotheby's

A tabriz carpet, NORTHWEST PERSIA

Rug Rag Notes: Great example of traditional Mahi field allover-repeating pattern.  "Turtle" design elements in the border add really nice weight to the piece.  We saw this carpet in person: classic turn of the centry Tabriz colors in nice condition and well balanced design with reconcilled corners.  There was a change in dye lot toward the top of the rug, however does not detract from the overall aesthetics of the carpet.  This is a particularly large carpet as well.

See more photographs of this Tabriz and further lot description







Number 9:




Ferghan Sarouk Carpet from Persia


Rug Rag Notes: Nice example of a Fereghan Sarouk with great overall colors.  Border is a nod to old Safavid type borders which is somewhat less common for a Fereghan. Field is very expressive with loose symmetrical hour glass field with three "medallions".  

See more photographs of this Fereghan Sarouk and further lot description

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December 17. 2008 05:54


Wow! What an amazing compilation! Thank you for this -- I think it's a first and really a significant measure for what is probably going to become a more and more desired form of investing.


January 24. 2009 17:58


4 million dollars. that had better been hand made by a space alien, and was proven to be used in the city of atlantis. plus it should have a backing made of 3 million dollars, instead of jute.

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January 24. 2009 18:02


the rug is beautiful. you can see the history just flowing from it. very nice.


January 24. 2009 18:55



Can you see the history flowing out of the "illegitimate" $4 mil carpet or from any of the other 9 top rugs?

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February 25. 2009 14:31


Oh, I wish !!


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