Carpets – all of them add style, comfort and warmth to our homes. We spend a lot of money to buy them, we spend a lot of time maintaining them, and enjoy their appearance and how they match with the rest of the interior in our houses. The thing is, though, that there are carpets in the world which add a lot more style than yours, mine, or of any other person in London. They are unbelievably expensive and I don’t think anyone would ever lay them on a floor.
It really is unbelievable how much money some people are willing to pay for a rug. I was amazed a few years ago when I heard about the 16th century Tabriz medallion carpet, which was sold to the Sheik al-Thani for 2.4 million dollars. This price is quite spectacular in my opinion, but is totally worth it, because this Tabriz medallion carpet is a 20ft length piece of art from the 16th century. It is a North West Persian carpet which is absolutely astonishing.
The thing is, though, that the 16th century Tabriz carpet is not the most expensive in the world. In fact it is the cheapest one in the chart of the most expensive carpets in the world. There are four more which are valued to a lot more than this Persian masterpiece.
The next in the chart is a Persian silk rug, which was sold for 4.45 million dollars. This is almost twice the price of the previous one, and is still not the highest price. This rug is 500 years old and stands out due not only to its age, but also to the outstanding knot density and colours.
The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is an unique rug, which was created in the 18th century for the Indian Maharaja of Baroda. Its name comes from the 2 million pearls, specially farmed from the Arabian Gulf, which were used in the carpet. This handicraft masterpiece was sold for 5 million dollars in 2009.
The Kirman “Vase” Carpet is a 17th century rug sold for 6.2 million dollars to an anonymous buyer. It is an Iranian rug from the city of Kirman which wasn’t expected to fetch this price, but it did.
The prize for the most expensive carpet in the world goes to another Iranian rug from Kirman. It was sold on a Sotheby’s auction in New York and is said to be the most expensive rug ever. Its price is 34 million dollars. You can see a video from the auction below.
I still can’t believe how much some people spend for carpets, but I guess these flooring are worth their prices. I just wonder how are such rugs cleaned? As a professional carpet cleaner in Coulsdon, London, I haven’t even seen so expensive carpets and probably wouldn’t dare even to touch them. It really is a mystery how these masterpieces were maintained during the years of their existence.