The 10 Most Expensive Rugs in The World

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For most of us, a household rug is a simple item that allows us to lounge in front of the fire with our significant other.

And people who want to add a touch of premium personalisation to their doorstep can source a perfectly good customised shoe-scraper from The Mat Factory.

But things can get a little crazy when you’ve got money to burn — here are the 10 most expensive rugs in the world.

  1. The Clark sickle-leaf carpet

This elaborate red, black and gold 17th Century carpet from the private collection of entrepreneur William A Clark was sold by Sotheby’s for an eye-watering $33.7 million in July 2013.

The Clark sickle-leaf carpet
The Clark sickle-leaf carpet

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Woe betide the party guest who inadvertently crushes their canape into this rare rug.

  1. Kirman ‘vase’ carpet

A rare example of this 300 year-old rug was sold by auction house Christie’s in 2010 for £6,201,250.

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Despite its great condition, it was only expected to fetch £200,000-£300,000.

  1. Mughal ‘Star Lattice’ carpet

This early 18th Century North Indian carpet features an iconic star design and was sold by Christie’s in 2013 for a cool £4,786,500.

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It has slight signs of wear and tear but still smashed the £1.5 to £2 million estimated sale price.

  1. The Pearl carpet of Baroda

The intricate design of this premium carpet features basra seeds, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds — sounds like removing muddy stains from this awesome article would be a nightmare.

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It was sold by Southeby’s for $5,458,500 in 2009.

  1. Doris Duke’s silk Isfahan rug

This rug was purchased by US philanthropist Doris Duke in 1990, then sold to Islamic art collector Grace Rainey-Rodger, who auctioned the 16th Century piece at Christie’s in 2008 for $4.45 million.

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The silk material, dense knotting and unusual patterns make it highly-prized.

  1. Louis XV Savonnerie carpet

This elaborate carpet features a blue orb with the royal arms of France and was woven from a design by Pierre Josse-Perrot in 1740-50.

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It was sold By Christie’s for 44,406,000 in the year 2000.

  1. The Rothschild Tabriz medallion carpet

This 16th Century Persian rug features autumnal tones and a classic medallion pattern.

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It was most recently bought by Sheikh al-Thani of Quatar for $2.4 million and has pride of place in the nation’s Museum of Islamic Art.

  1. Safavid carpet from the Safra collection

Edmund Safra was a Brazilian banker with an eye for spectacular carpets.

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This 16th Century East Persian piece was purchased for his collection at Southeby’s for a whopping $2.032 million in 2005.

  1. Navajo blanket

Loren Krytzer was struggling on $200 a month when he took a family heirloom Navajo blanket into a California auction house in 2017.

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He walked out with $1.5 million for the piece — a rare example created for a Native American Indian chief.

  1. Polonaise silk and metal thread rug

This Kashan rug from central Persia has distinctive tones created with silver-gilt thread and has worn well over three centuries.

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It sold for $790,000 at Southeby’s in 2015 — leaving enough change from £1 million to buy a matching sofa.

What’s the most expensive rug in your home? Share your stories in the comments section.