The History and Value of Antique Rugs


The art of carpet weaving existed in Persia in ancient times. According to evidence such as the 2500-year-old Pazyryk carpet, it dates back to 500 B.C., during the Achaemenid period. The first documented indication of the existence of Persian carpets comes from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 – 641 AD).

The Pazyryk carpet was thought, by its discoverer Sergei Rudenko, to be a product of the Achaemenids. Currently, whether it is a nomadic product with Achaemenid influence or a product of the Achaemenids remains the subject of debate.

Historical records show that the Achaemenian court of Cyrus the Great at Pasargade was decked with magnificent carpets. This was over two and a half centuries ago, while Persia was still in a weak alliance with Alexander the Great. Alexander II of Macedonia is said to have been dazzled by the carpets in the tomb area of Cyrus the Great at Pasargade.


Pazyryk Carpet



Rug weaving is estimated to have evolved even further in Egypt and central Asia around 2 B.C.


Esteemed by the Eastern world as pieces of art, they were first a form of earning extra money for women. They would weave these rugs with designs that included marital prospects and symbols particular to the region.


It became an art and reached its pinnacle in Central Asia during the 17th century, making its way to Europe via the Silk


Antique Rug Value


These rugs were greatly prized by aristocrats – the only ones who could afford them. But with the rise of the middle class during the industrial revolution, antique rugs reached the masses of Europe and America by the mid 19th Century. Still, they are considered an investment.


The price of an antique rug depends on the size, rarity, quality of wool, weave, and color, condition, and age, and especially on the convergence of these factors in a piece. The older the rug, and the better its weave and materials, the rarer it is, therefore, it is worth more, particularly when it is in good condition.


When it comes to home furnishings there aren’t many things more stylish than an authentic Persian rug, but savvy shoppers won’t be able to pick up this magic carpet in a holiday bazaar.

The ancient Persian rug, which dates back to the 1650s, is estimated to sell for an incredible $8,000,000 (opening bid) when it goes on sale at Sotheby’s this summer in New York. It was made during the Safavid dynasty by several weavers at a very sophisticated workshop. The exquisite hand-woven carpet is more than 360-years-old and measures 8ft 9ins by 6ft 5ins.


1650's Persian Rug

1650’s Persian rug


The last world record for the most expensive carpet ever sold was at Christie’s in London: A Kirman ‘Vase’ carpet, a rare 17th Century Persian carpet, fetched $9,599,535 (£6,201,250); 20 times more than expected.


Contact RevitaRUGS to Care for Your Antique Rugs


Antique rug cleaning, repairing and restoring must be done very meticulously. The delicate materials are often quite valuable and not easily replaced.

RevitaRUGS is an expert antique rug cleaner. Our capability comes from decades of proven techniques and specific knowledge with this genre, combined with modern state-of-the-art technology.

Along with every cleaning, antique rugs are thoroughly evaluated with our High Powered Laboratory Grade Microscope for fiber analysis. Every spot and impurity is pre-tested to determine the proper course of action. Every rug structure (wrap & weft) is analyzed for integrity and preparation for its unique wash and repair technique.

Then, revitaRUGS uses its organic wash process with purified soft water and mild organic soap. The majority of moisture content is removed immediately in our proprietary pre-drying system. The last stage of drying takes place in our fully enclosed custom engineered temperature controlled rooms, which produce ideal filtered air-drying conditions.


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