Christie's offers a wide variety of hand-woven carpets from around the globe dating from the 15th century to mid-20th-century. Over the past decade Christie’s has led the market for carpets, establishing world auction records for European, Indian, Persian, Turkish and Chinese carpets. Many of the phenomenal prices have been achieved for works with distinguished provenance supported by extensive research. At Christie’s we specialise in sourcing rare and exceptional carpets from private collections, such as the Peter Lehmann Barenklau collection (April 2014, 96% sold by lot for 217% of the low estimate), the Vanderbilt Mughal Star Lattice carpet (sold October 2013 for a record price £4.7 million), The Comtesse de Behague Kirman ‘Vase’ carpet (sold April 2010 for a record price of £6.2 million), and the Doris Duke silk Isfahan rug (sold June 2008 for a record $4.5 million). We are the only international auction house to still offer two dedicated oriental carpet sales a year.
Christie’s international Carpet department has over 100 years of collective specialist experience and with specialists based in London and New York, we offer a calendar of sales throughout the year. In London, we sell carpets in our Oriental Rugs and Carpets sales in April and October and in Interiors sales at South Kensington throughout the year. In New York, carpets are featured in our sales The Opulent Eye and The Connoisseur’s Eye as well as in our Interiors sales. Carpets also feature in the London and New York Exceptional sales, single owner sales and in House Sales in Europe, London and New York.
We travel across the globe to source the finest works for sale; please contact us to find out when we will be coming to your area.