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How to Sell Antique Rugs & Carpets with Sotheby's

Get Started with a Rug or Carpet Auction Estimate

Get Started with a Rug or Carpet Auction Estimate
Wonder how much your vintage rug or antique carpet might be worth and how to sell it? Simply follow the steps below and Sotheby's will recommend the best approach for selling your item.

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Rugs and Carpets Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my antique rug or carpet?
    Exceptional old rugs, carpets and textiles are in demand throughout the year. During Sotheby's auctions, collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers assemble to purchase fine carpets and rugs. Auctions of rugs and carpets take place throughout the year in New York as part of Americana, English Furniture, French Furniture and Continental Furniture sales. In London, Rugs and Carpets are included in English Furniture, Continental Furniture and House Sales. There is no better time to consign your antique rug or carpet with Sotheby’s. If you are considering selling your fine textile, simply send photographs, paperwork and other background information to Sotheby’s for a free auction estimate.
  • Why are antique carpets and rugs highly collectible?
    Enthusiasts and connoisseurs buy and sell rare and important rugs and carpets because they are exquisitely designed and constructed, and because each piece is one of a kind. Exquisite carpets of fine workmanship are the masterpieces of a fast-vanishing industry where supply of these treasures is as limited and rare as any other historical artefact we preserve in museums. When you are ready to sell a handmade, hand-dyed antique carpet or rug, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price.
  • How much does a Sotheby's appraisal of my antique clock cost?
    Because this category is quite diverse, many types of old rugs and carpets are in demand. Sotheby’s top-selling textiles include fine textiles and even fragments of rugs from Europe, Persia, India, Turkey, Morocco, China and other countries noted for their rug-making skill. Recent Sotheby’s auctions have included a rich selection of collectible carpets and rugs, such as classical Chinese and East Turkestan weavings. Notable works include the Larsson lion-dog medallion, the Scofield Thayer dais carpet, other rare works from Ninghsia, Khotan and Kashgar, as well as a Selendi ‘Bird’ rug fragment, ‘Transylvanian’, ‘double-niche’ and column niche rugs, a rare fragment of an Oushak carpet, early Anatolian village rugs from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including Caucasus Wher Chajli rug and a Schurmann red-ground Karagashli, and carpets from Persia and India represented by 17th-century fragments and room-sized carpets.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell a vintage rug, antique carpet, runner, Turkish rug, Kilim rug, susani rug, susani carpet, chuval, main carpet, gallery carpet, royal carpet, tribal carpet, long runner, town carpet, village carpet, Tabriz carpet, fragment or textile made of silk, wool, metal-thread or hand-dyed. Consign a hand-woven Kashan Dabir rug or pair of Ispharan rugs from Central Persia, a Teheran carpet from North Persia, Qazvin carpet or Saber Mashad carpet from Northeast Persia, a Kirman carpet or Afshar rug from Southeast Persia, a Zieglar Mahal carpet, Bijar or Sarouk Fereghan rug from Northwest Persia, a Peking long gallery carpet from Northeast China, Khotan rug from East Turkestan, Amritsar carpet or Lahore carpet from North India, Konya rug from Anatolia, flatweave rug from Morocco, Karabagh gallery carpet from Southwest Caucasus, embroidered fragments from Greece, a silk and wool susani from Uzbekistan or an Aubusson carpet from France.

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