A Persian carpet from the 17th century was sold for the fabulous amount of $33.7 million during an auction organized by the Sotheby’s in New York.
The amount is 3.5 times bigger than the previous record established of $9.6 million paid for a Persian carpet at the Christie’s London auction house in 2010.
The Sickle Leaf carpet measures 267 x 196 cm, is preserved very well and was manufactured in the south-east of Persia, in the city of Kerman – the current capital of the province with the same name from Iran, renamed for the art of rug weaving.
Experts talk about two golden eras of the Persian carpets: the period during 1500 and 1700, respectively during 1800 and 1900.
The carpet from the Safavida period auctioned by Sotheby’s, was sold by the Corcoran Art Gallery in New York, and is part of the collection offered to the gallery in 1926 by the American senator from Montana – William Clark.
On the 5th of June, during the Sotheby’s auction, there were sold 25 Persian carpets, their value surpassing $43 million, all being sold for an amount bigger than it was established. Most of the authentic oriental carpets are in museums and rarely go out the market.