Persian rugs command a certain level of interest both to the perpetual buyer and the lay-person alike. It need do nothing to sell itself other than being beautiful, comfortable and distinctive. However, there are some interesting facts that stand out amongst others:
- 2013 Persian Rug Auction – £21 million.
The most expensive Persian rug was sold in 2013 in the UK for over £21 million. This is of course an exception to the rule as many carpets are entirely affordable. When an item can sell for this sum of money, it’s clear that the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts.
- Largest Handmade Persian Rug
Measured at over 60,000 square feet and manufactured in Iran. This is difficult to visualise so simply take into account the fact that the floor space in a standard three-bedroom home in the UK is around 1000sqft, there’s some context. Theoretically (and this probably wouldn’t work in practice), the largest handmade Persian rug could provide floor covering for 60, three-bedroom homes.
- Persia, Iran, and More
Whilst many of the traditions surrounding Persian rugs have remained very similar over the past thousands of years, the name of the territory in which they have been made has a rather different tale. Over the period in which Persian rugs have been hand made in Iran, the territory we now call Iran has changed both in relation to bordering entities (i.e lost and gained territory) and has also had five official names. Median Empire Achaemenid Empire Sassanid Empire Safavid Empire Islamic Republic of Iran
- The Most Politically Active Carpet
Most jurisdictions across the world prohibit the import of specific items, controlled substances and anything environmentally detrimental. But rug purchases where the rug is imported from Iran is sometimes complex owing to decisions being made in the political arena. Iran and ‘the West’ lock horns regularly on issues small and large and whilst this has very little to do with the manufacture and distribution of the iconic Persian rug, it only takes a quick Google search to see how many people are exploring the conundrum of getting a rug from Iran into their living room. No other floor covering has ever been so active in the political arena.