Carpets & Rugs

Carpets and rugs are generally categorised as to where and how they were woven.

Their decorative value is sometimes determined by their knot density (the number of knots in the pile) – the more loops, the more intricate the pattern will be – although antique examples may have additional historical interest.

Hand-worked Persian rugs tend to lead the prices in this sector: the most expensive rug on record is a 17th century Persian rug that sold for $34m at a Sotheby’s New York auction.


Oil on copper panel of the Madonna and Child with angels

31 January 2000

UK: Christie's South Kensington chalked up their highest ever London sale total last week when they raised £2.25m net for the contents of a Swiss summer residence, Le Bois Muralt, on January 18-19.

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