We are all aware of the lavish things in life that only celebrities and the most elite and wealthy individuals in the world can attain. We can easily relate to luxury shopping when it comes to the obvious components that most people are seen spending their money on. Genres such as luxury cars, massive mansions and estates, and designer shoes and handbags are prevalent and commonly featured in media channels. What many of us haven’t uncovered, is the society of the uber-elite that are known to focus their attention on more ornate, historically valuable items that we tend not to hear as much about. Expensive and one-of-a-kind carpets, are all the rage among the elite. Being able to invest in a valuable carpet is a true sign of success and is considered to be a highly esteemed investment of art. Let’s take a look at the 10 Most Expensive Carpets Ever Made That Are Absolutely Gloriou.
10 The Central Persian Isfahan
Now we’ll take a look at the ever-amazing Central Persian Isfahan (1650-1699) The estimated value of this carpet was originally pegged to be somewhere between $800,000 to $1.2 million. Originating from the Iranian city of Isfahan, this piece is 205 cms by 143 cm’s of pure artistic beauty. It ended up selling for substantially more, netting a $4.65 million dollar price tag. This stunner was previously on display for all to admire at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The art museum was located in Washington D.C. which is now the location of an actual School of Art and Design.
9 Mughal Millefleur’s Star-Lattice Carpet
This was made in North India in the late 17th or perhaps the early 18th Century. This carpet is priced at $4.7 million and comes from some very prestigious roots. This carpet is 12.9 feet wide by 13.6 feet wide and features an incredible scarlet field that is accented with fine golden lattice. Many flowers and blossoms are strategically scattered within this rich, opulent carpet, and is one of only 12 Millefleur rugs that were made within this time period. It is also in near-perfect condition. For a carpet that is well over 300 years old, we’d have expected to see much more wear and tear than is currently visible.
8 Louis XV Savonnerie Carpet
When speaking of carpets worth millions of dollars, it goes without saying that only the most elite can purchase items such as this. The Louis XV Savonnerie Carpet was lucky enough to find its home within the walls of Karl Lagerfeld’s mansion. With a price tag of $5.7 million, it’s no wonder that this carpet belonged to one of the most influential and recognizable fashion designers of the 20th century. He had an eye for art, and this was one of his most prized possessions. This carpet was one of only three rare pieces designed by Pierre-Josse Perrot. As brilliant as the piece is within its own right, with all the incredible hand-crafted designs, many credit Karl’s name and brand for the rise in its overall dollar value.
7 Oushak Carpet
This carpet was manufactured at the turn of the 17th century and features dyed colors and intricately woven designs. This sold for $158,500 at auction, and it makes us wonder if carpets of this sort are actually used as carpets to walk on, or if they are hung upon and presented as art pieces for admiration and bragging rights! We’ve certainly never set sight on a carpet this magnificent or valuable. Oushak carpets, also defined as “Ushak”, are part of a family of designs that originated in Turkey. They are predominantly small to medium carpets and are known across the world for their definitive, signature floral designs.
6 Pearl Carpet Of Baroda
The price tag affixed to the Pearl Carpet Of Baroda is as impressive as the carpet itself. Most wouldn’t believe it until they see the proof, and we’ve confirmed that in fact, this carpet is worth $5.5 million dollars. This magnificent work of art is made of silk and fine deer hide. The embroidery is finely detailed and designed with something called “Basra Pearls,” giving this carpet its unique patterning, as well as its name. 2.2 million pearls and beads are used to decorate the carpet. A true expression of fine art and grandeur, this expensive carpet is as valued for the hard work that went into its creation as it is for the beauty that it possesses.
5 Safavid Silk
Historians at Christies have valued this Safavid Carpet at $4.5 million, crediting the exceptional historic significance behind this art-piece to its deep-rooted value to culture and community. When it comes to pride in ownership of fine fabrics, there’s not much out there that can beat this! Armenian archaeologist and recognized art collector Hagop Kevorkian was the previous owner of this fine fabric. The value of this was estimated as being $1.5 million, but was sold at Christie’s New York in 2008 for nearly 4 times the price, at $4.45 million.
4 Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet
The Clark Sickle-Leaf Vine Carpet is the most expensive carpet ever sold, and the whopping cost of 33.7 million dollars. Yes, you heard this correctly. The sale of this majestic carpet set new world records at Sotheby’s Auction. Swirling vines and vibrant flowers dominate the aesthetic beauty of this carpet, and admirers from around the world were in awe of the price it was able to fetch. Stunned viewers gathered at this auction in 2013 to witness the anonymous bidder pick up this rare and incredible carpet for the price of $33,765,000. The astonishing thing about this story is that the buyer purchased the carpet by phone! This original was previously owned by William Clark, the US Senator. He had donated this masterpiece at the time of his death, which makes the carpet’s historic significance as appealing as the carpet itself.
3 Silk Isfahan Rug
The high knot density of this carpet, along with the number of colors and hues used in its designs, are among the factors credited for its astronomically high valuation. This carpet has seen many different owners and has been around for many centuries. The fact that this was designed in the 17th century using pure silk has made it a highly sought-after piece. This carpet was originally owed by a lady by the name of Doris Duke, who was a tobacco heiress that collected many fine works of art and articles of historic relevance. $4.5 million is a true testament of high regard and exquisite design.
2 Tabriz Rug
The Tabriz Rug is a Persian carpet made in the city of Tabriz. Carrying the name of its area of origin, the Tabriz Rug stays true to its roots in representing the culture with rich tones and deep color choices. This carpet is 7 meters long and 4 meters wide. Originating in the 18th century, and boasting bold colors for its time, this impressive design captured a sale price of $182,500 at the Sotheby Auction. Persian rugs are among the most expensive for purchase, primarily as a result of the amount of time required to weave their intricate designs. If you want to own this beauty, you’ll have to come up with at least $182,500, as that was the last selling price on record for this rug.
1 Ziegler Mahal Carpet
Of all the exquisite carpets across the world, Ziegler Mahal rugs are the most sought after by collectors. The designs and choice of threads and coloring's have been highly respected and have proven to be fan favorites for collectors and admirers alike. This rug was created in the early 1900’s and is considered to be among the finest antique rugs due to the fact that they retain their value and are notoriously known to substantially increase in value, over time. This particular rug sold for $182,500 at the Sotheby’s auction in 2008.