Antique Persian Rugs

No matter your preference for color, texture, style or vintage, Doris Leslie Blau offers the widest selection of antique Persian rugs and vintage Persian carpets for sale to fulfill your dreams. Oriental carpets and Oriental rugs are notable for the wide variety of styles in which they are available and antique Persian carpets are among the most desireable. Whatever you are looking for, from room-size rugs to antique area rugs, there is an antique or vintage Persian rug to suit your taste.

The Golden Age of Persian carpet weaving occurred during the Safavid dynasty, when Shah Tahmasp (1524-1587) began establishing court factories for carpet production. Prior to this time, the production of rugs in the region was primarily a village craft, defined by use of simple rectilinear patterns. Following the Afghan invasion in 1722, there was a significant decline in Persian carpet production until the late nineteenth century when European demand for Persian rugs contributed to a major revival in the art form. Persian carpet designs can be divided into two main categories - city (formal) rugs, which were made in workshops, are known for their finely-woven and often intricate designs, and village rugs (informal), which are widely varied in their unique blends of city and nomadic motifs and techniques.  The most important formal rugs come from Tabriz, Kashan, Kirman, Doroksh, Khorassan, Meshad, Tehran, and Sarouk and the most well-known villages included Malayer, Sarab, Bakhtiar, Bakshaish, Sultanabad, Bibikabad, Senneh, Fereghan, Heriz, Hamadan and Shiraz.

In Persia, each region, and sub-region, has its own unique design iconography that has been handed down from one generation to the next ensuring that each is distinct and special despite a basic commonality of construction. The type of material used, the method of tying knots and the density of knots per inch, combined with specific design schemes all give a unique cultural fingerprint to each carpet or rug. These distinctions make the search for an antique Persian rug an exciting romp through Persian culture and history. Antique Persian carpets and vintage Persian carpets, among all the antique Oriental rugs available, are notable for their wide variety of styles. Whatever you are looking for from room-size rugs to antique area rugs, there is an antique or vintage rug to suit your taste. When you are in the market for an Antique Persian rug you are not merely searching out old Persian carpets or just any antique silk rugs. An antique Persian rug’s price can vary tremendously depending on the quality of the original craftsmanship (looking at things like the complexity and importance of the design, the material used, the number of knots per inch, the current condition of the rug, etc.). Thus, a wise buyer does not simply search for antique Persian rugs on eBay, but relies on an expert guide in selecting the best quality and best fit to meet their unique needs without sacrificing value. After all, you don’t just want to find used Persian rugs; you want to find the quality and design that reflect your good taste.

So whether you are looking for a large, formal antique Persian carpet crafted in a large city or a smaller Antique Persian nomadic rug, you are sure to find what you seek while searching through our inventory of Antique and vintage Persian rugs and carpets.

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A Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5508
Size: 10'4'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Sultanabad carpet from Persia, the red field with an overall design of enlarged flowerheads, palmettes, straight tendrils and leafy vines...
Item No: BB5508
$9,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB3933
Size: 19'5'' × 13'8'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Khorassan Rug.
Item No: BB3933
$100,000
A Persian Baktiari rug BB5736
Size: 16'5'' × 12'9'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Bakhtiari rug having an overall geometrc motifs design in shades of brown and blues.
Item No: BB5736
$90,000
A Persian Kirman Rug BB5885
Size: 15'10'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.
Item No: BB5885
$90,000
A Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5933
Size: 23'9'' × 13'8'' Circa: 1880A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug, the black field with an overall design of bouquets, scrolling angular vine and flowering vine.
Item No: BB5933
$80,000
A Persian Tabriz  Rug BB5987
Size: 11'1'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug.
Item No: BB5987
$50,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug  BB5948
Size: 20'5'' × 11'2'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Sultanabad rug.
Item No: BB5948
$80,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5737
Size: 16'7'' × 10'9'' Circa: 1920
A early 19th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the gray-blue field with a palmette and flowering vine trellis overall within a rust palmet.
Item No: BB5737
$80,000
A Persian Kirman Rug BB5796
Size: 11'10'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1900

Item No: BB5796
$70,000
A Persian Meshad Rug BB5888
Size: 16'10'' × 12' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian A Persian Meshad Rug BB5888 rug.
Item No: BB5888
$90,000
A Persian Meshad Rug BB5934
Size: 22'2'' × 14'2'' Circa: 1900An early 20th century Persian Meshad (Meshed) antique rug, the black field with an allover Herati design within a rust border with lush floral motifs.
Item No: BB5934
$120,000
A Persian Khorassan rug BB5986
Size: 8'6'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Khorassan rug.
Item No: BB5986
$25,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB5944
Size: 10'8'' × 6'10'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Khorassan rug.
Item No: BB5944
$35,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5739
Size: 12'8'' × 9' Circa: 1920
Item No: BB5739
$50,000
A Persian Malayer rug BB5893
Size: 17' × 12'2'' Circa: 1910
An early 20th century antique Persian Malayer rug.
Item No: BB5893
$75,000
A Persian Kirman Rug  BB5928
Size: 22'2'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique pastel green field with a delicate allover pattern of floral sprays within a similar floral spray border.
Item No: BB5928
$125,000
A Persian Malayer rug BB5996
Size: 19' × 13'7'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Malayer rug.
Item No: BB5996
$90,000
A Persian Tabriz  Rug BB5937
Size: 13'4'' × 11' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug.
Item No: BB5937
$75,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5741
Size: 9'10'' × 7' Circa: 1920
A 1920 Persian Tabriz carpet.
Item No: BB5741
$40,000
A Persian Khorassan rug BB5814
Size: 20'4'' × 15'2'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century PersianKhorassan antique rug.
Item No: BB5814
$100,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug BB5918
Size: 20' × 16' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug.
Item No: BB5918
$120,000
A Persian Malayer rug BB5930
Size: 23'4'' × 13'5'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Malayer carpet, the dark blue field with a salmon, sand, and blue flowering vine and stylized flowerhead trellis overall.
Item No: BB5930
$135,000
A Persian Kirman Rug  BB6025
Size: 26'5'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1920
An Early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.
Item No: BB6025
$180,000
A Persain sultanabad BB5935
Size: 19'7'' × 11'6'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Sultanabad rug.
Item No: BB5935
$75,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5750
Size: 19'6'' × 12'7'' Circa: 1920
an early 20th Century Persian Tabriz carpet with An all over light blue background garden design.
Item No: BB5750
$120,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5913
Size: 12' × 9'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Tabriz rug.
Item No: BB5913
$50,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5931
Size: 19'1'' × 14'7'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Tabriz rug, the sand field with a scrolling arabesque central cusped medallion , small pendants above and below.
Item No: BB5931
$120,000
A Persian Kirman Rug  BB6026
Size: 25'4'' × 15'7'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.
Item No: BB6026
$150,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB5936
Size: 18'9'' × 12' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Khorassan rug.
Item No: BB5936
$100,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB0829
Size: 10'7'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Tabriz carpet, the ivory field with an overall pattern of scattered serrated...
Item No: BB0829
$15,000