Friday, March 20, 2009

The Most expensive pearl carpet is sold for 5,5 million USD

This March 19th, 2009, Sotheby's Doha is going to be auctioning off a pearl studded carpet for what will be the highest auction estimate placed on rug. 'The Pearl Carpet of Baroda' as the rug is referred to as, will have a starting bid of $5,000,000 according to

Believed to have been made around 1865, The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is reputed to be a gift for the Prophet Mohammad's Tomb. The carpet has an estimated 1.4 million+ Basra pearls integrated into it's surface, hundreds of precious stones including rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold.

While the bidding will start at $5,000,000 USD, the Carpet is expected to fetch a significantly higher hammer price. If the rug does sell just at the starting bid, it will exceed the World Record for Highest Price Paid for a hand made Carpet by more than a half Million Dollars.

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  1. Oooook... Must be comfortable to walk on ;)
    Wonder what it would weight...
    However, the bearwork is outstanding!

  2. Wow! What an outstanding carpet, I bet it is so heavy. Can you imagine! I wonder what it's going to sell for.
    Nice Blog!

  3. Wow! That is some carpet. Oh, but so beautiful.

  4. Amazing beadwork! You don't think anyone really walks on it, do you?

  5. 1.4+ million pearls! I can't even get a bracelet finished. Keep us posted on the final sale price.