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 GulfNews.com.

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.

More information and pics at http://www.rugrag.com

5 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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