If you've ever wanted to dive into the history of antique carpets and luxury, you can't miss this read. 'Sotheby's™ $33 Million Dollar Rug', the most expensive antique carpet in the world.
This sickle-leaf vine scroll and palmette “vase” carpet, circa 1600 to 1650. The most expensive carpet ever sold at auction is this beauty. After being displayed as an example of outstanding Persian carpet weaving in museums and galleries—including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Textile Museum, the Asia House Gallery, and Fogg Art Museum—the carpet was estimated at $5 million to $7 million. Because the sickle-leaf design is the rarest of vase-technique carpet patterns and this is the only known example featuring a red background, Sotheby’s New York was able to sell the lot for $33.7 million on June 5, 2013.
Shattering all records and becoming the most expensive rug ever sold, the auction at Sotheby’s New York baffled everyone. Even as the rarest of masterpieces in handmade rugs, it was expected to bring in around 10 million dollars, but the unknown buyer was not willing to let it go at almost any price. It is speculated that the buyer is from the Middle East and it was probably acquired for a museum there, especially considering the links of the rug to Islamic history.
This amazing piece of art that sold at Sotheby’s the rug is probably from the ancient city of Kerman and was a “Sickle leaf, vine scroll” carpet that belonged to the Clark collection. Its intricate design consisted of beautiful vines, gorgeous flowers, and sickle shaped leaves. Only 6 feet x 8 feet in size, it has a beautiful deep red color that still looks magnificent after all these centuries.
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