Imagine a rug fetching a stunning price of $4.34 million. And this thing can be reality (in fact it is so) when the rug in question is the one of the famed onesÂ from Safavid and apparently was a gift from the Safavid Persian court to the Ottoman Turks and must have been used for prayers by the blue blood too. Despite its age, the rug is in a remarkable condition. This artefact represents some gorgeous Persian handicraft and art which was particularly appreciated by Genoan and Venetian merchants.
Sold at Sotheby’s, the rug was expected to fetch anywhere between $130,000 and $192,000 or so claimed the Head of the Middle East & India Department at the store, Edward Gibbs.
Persian rugs and carpets are a venerated line which is much admired all over the world. The intricate embroidery and designs that make use of the finest of silks as well as gold and silverÂ threads, these are nothing short of a work of art. The Safavid rug was just one of the items being sold at the Arts of the Islamic World exhibition at Sotheby’s recently.