The most expensive carpet sold at Sotheby’s for a record $33.7 million
For a long time, we have always considered carpets to be part of the standard Soviet design. From Vladivostok to Brest, from Salekhard to Kushka, they decorated the floors and walls of most apartments. After the country collapsed, carpets in most areas became obsolete and were declared a model of bad taste.
The Kiev collector Oleg Petrenko said: “Carpets are not popular.”-From a design point of view, carpets are a complicated matter. And it will not integrate well with all internal elements. In many Soviet families, they looked completely ridiculous. The small apartment has been filled with furniture and other things, and then carpeted on the floor and walls. In order to put the carpet back in place, first of all, it needs to free up space, and of course, it looks more natural on the floor than on the wall. To a large extent also depends on the quality of the product. I prefer carpets from Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan,-Oleg continued-in these countries, there are many amazing carpet weaving schools that have made great contributions to world culture.
For example, carpets from Azerbaijan appeared in large numbers in Europe many centuries ago. This fact was eloquently proved by the ancient paintings of European artists at that time. Nowadays, with the help of old canvases, you can understand the appearance of carpets from the 16th to 17th centuries and many other things. In Turkmenistan, the carpet has become a national brand and one of the symbols of the country. Carpets from the North Caucasus, such as those from Dagestan, are very interesting, but rare. A high-quality carpet can be compared with a digital photo. Just like the pixels on the latter, a large number of nodes per unit area indicates that the product is of high quality. Experienced researchers can find hidden signatures on old carpets (and sometimes on modern carpets), which mention the names of the cities and villages where weaving, and sometimes the names of the creators.
The prices of some Persian carpets displayed at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions exceeded one million dollars at the time, but this was not the limit. For example, a small prayer blanket made in Isfahan in the 16th century was sold at Sotheby’s for US$4,335,415. But perhaps the most expensive is Clark’s carpet, which was sold at Sotheby’s for a record US$33,765,000. This carpet comes from the city of Kirman, located in the territory of modern Iran.
For a long time, old carpets have occupied a certain place in the antique market in Kazakhstan. Antique dealer Mina Bakarasova said: “Many carpets passed by us, but only one very serious carpet was caught.” This is a century-old Persian silk carpet in ideal condition. Although it is small, I can assume that the owner spent a long time, probably at least a year. This kind of specimen is very rare in our country, and it is difficult to find even in museums. Persian carpets are usually rarely encountered, then woolen and not very old, mainly from the 1950s.
The price of carpet is not only affected by age (the older the age, the higher the price), but also the country in which it was created. If we only talk about handmade carpets, Turkmen, Afghans and Afghans made in the Caucasus are very interested. Inexperienced collectors may be confused by the carpets produced in the Belgian factory. At first glance, they are similar to Persian ones, but they are not handmade. Kazakh carpets are often brought on, but in most cases, their condition needs to be improved, and we do not even consider doing so. In addition, their price is not very high, in the range of 100-200 US dollars, there are few exceptions, even if it is handmade. Generally speaking, the sale of carpets is a laborious task, often inexplicable, the antique dealer continues. -When potential buyers arrive, you must remove and distribute dozens of exhibits. Then, after the visitor leaves, retrieve it and store it. Moreover, although people’s interest has started to increase recently, especially from a designer’s point of view, people rarely follow this point of view to make purchases. ”