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.

History of Antique Persian Rugs

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 rugs 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.

Design of Antique Persian Rugs

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.

An Exceptional Collection of Antique Persian Carpets

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Antique Persian Tabriz Rug BB6222
Size: 19'3'' × 11'2'' Circa: 1920
Antique Persian Tabriz Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: 1920. An early 20th century Persian Rug. Here we have a genuine beauty from Tabriz, one of the most dynamic weaving centers of Persia. This particular Antique Persian Rug's excellent craftsmanship strikes us on...
Item No: BB6222
$95,000
Antique Persian Kirman BB6252
Size: 14'7'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
Antique Persian Kirman, Origin: Persia. Circa: 1920. Let us introduce an early 20th century antique Persian Rug named after Kirman, which is both a city and a province known for exquisite Persian carpet production. Both background field and borders of the rug...
Item No: BB6252
$60,000
Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug BB6224
Size: 15'10'' × 12'6'' Circa: 1880
Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug. Origin: Persia. Circa: 1880. As with many other Persian rugs, this magnificent late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug features all-over designs of palmettes and vinescrolls with creative addition of animal motifs. What...
Item No: BB6224
$90,000
Antique Persian Meshad Rug BB6233
Size: 9'9'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1930
Antique Persian Meshad Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: 1930. This early 20th century Persian Meshad flat-woven rug is composed of 10 rows of 23 abstract boteh shapes alternating with 10 rows of 23 squares, each square divided into four smaller squares - all in a...
Item No: BB6233
$18,000
A Persian Meshad Rug  BB6063
Size: 16'4'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Meshad rug features a striking all-over design of floral abstractions and interlocking garden leaf motifs in shades of red, green and bone-white against a field of midnight black. The herati pattern, a common staple of Oriental...
Item No: BB6063
$65,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB6059
Size: 16'6'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Khorassan rug features an intricate all-over design of floral abstractions, arabesques, palmettes and curving vinery in shades of blue, brown and beige against a field of abrashed yellow. The boteh and pomegranate, both staples...
Item No: BB6059
$85,000
 Persian Tabriz BB6178
Size: 5'5'' × 4' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Tabriz rug features a densely patterned all-over design of herati patterns in warm brown and pink against a field of gray. The herati pattern, also known as the "fish pattern," is typically a flower centered within a diamond shape...
Item No: BB6178
$4,800
Persian Tabriz BB6177
Size: 5'5'' × 4' Circa:1920

This circa-1920 antique Persian Tabriz rug features a strikingly elaborate central medallion composed of floral abstractions in yellow, red and dark blue against a field of bone-white. Complementary colored corner brackets and multiple borders of floral motifs and...
Item No: BB6177
$3,000
Persian Meshad Rug BB6162
Size: 24'2'' × 12'10'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Meshad rug features an intricate all-over design of floral abstractions in beige and green, with boteh shapes punctuating the light field. Symbolizing a leaf or a pinecone, the boteh is a common staple of Oriental rug weaving....
Item No: BB6162
$130,000
Persian Tabriz BB6185
Size: 15'7'' × 11'1'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Tabriz rug features a densely patterned all-over design of herati patterns in brown and lilac, with an over all muted patina that is characteristic of quality antique rugs. The herati pattern, also known as the "fish pattern," is...
Item No: BB6185
$60,000
Kilim Rug BB6187
Size: 21' × 9'9'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 antique Kilim rug features a bold stepped lozenge field of alternating hues of dark blue, rust and beige. A geometrically patterned brown and beige border on both sides completes the look of the antique carpet. Kilim, a word of Turkish origin, refers...
Item No: BB6187
$28,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug BB3918
Size: 17'4'' × 11'9'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Sultanabad antique Mahal (Mohal) rug, the charcoal gray field with an enlarged...
Item No: BB3918
$70,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB0274
Size: 19'3'' × 13'1'' Circa: 1920
A Kirman (Kerman) rug from Persia, the ivory field with a dense allover design of cusped medallions within a cream border with scrolling vines and bouquets.
Item No: BB0274
$72,000
A Persian Tabriz Rug BB5285
Size: 20' × 12'10''
A late 19th Century antique Persian Tabriz rug featuring traditional Oriental floral designs and arabesques in muted multicolor, with a soft, faded patina. Originating in the city of Tabriz, the Azerbaijani-populated city in the north west of Iran, this antique Persian carpet...
Item No: BB5285
$120,000
A Persian Tabriz rug BB4081
Size: 17'9'' × 12'5'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the camel field with a spacious lattice of palmettes, delicate flow...
Item No: BB4081
$130,000
A Persian Tabriz Rug BB5439
Size: 16' × 13' Circa: 1920
A finely-woven early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug. Classic design with a light-blue field with a very allover trellis design of palmettes and scrolling flowering vinery within a sandy-beige palmette and feathery leaf border. The central medalion is discrette, with...
Item No: BB5439
$100,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB5944
Size: 10'8'' × 6'10'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Khorassan rug features an all-over design of a garden vignette with exotic birds and bunches of grapes surrounding a flowering tree against a field of abrashed blue. Multiple borders in beige complete the ornate look of the...
Item No: BB5944
$35,000
A Persian Khorassan Rug BB5936
Size: 18'9'' × 12' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Persian Khorassan rug features an elegant all-over design of palmettes, curving vines, arabesques and floral abstractions in light beige, accented by sharp brown outlines against a field of ice blue. Intricate Oriental designs border the...
Item No: BB5936
$100,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB4587
Size: 19'8'' × 15' Circa: 1880
An unusual example of from our selection of late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rugs, the cream field...
Item No: BB4587
$100,000
A Persian Tabriz rug BB4279
Size: 14'2'' × 10'3'' Circa: 1880
An exceptionally refined late 19th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the rich red field with staggered celadon...
Item No: BB4279
$45,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB5860
Size: 11'3" x 9' Circa:1920
 This circa-1920 antique Persian Kirman rug features an intricate all-over design of floral abstractions and arabesques, palmettes and serrated leaves in shades of rust, beige and a light blue that matches its main border, against a field of midnight blue. Staples of...
Item No: BB5860
$40,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug BB3553
Size: 17'2'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1880
A fine example from our collection of late 19th century Persian Sultanabad antique rugs, the sand field...
Item No: BB3553
$48,000
Antique Persian Kirman Rug BB4972
Size: 15'3'' × 10'4'' Circa: 1880
Antique Persian Kirman Rug Late 19th century. An abrashed blue field with an elaborate floral and vine design within a multi stepped...
Item No: BB4972
$75,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB0769
Size: 15'1'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1920
A Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the sea blue field with playful flowering vinery around a cusped camel...
Item No: BB0769
$48,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug BB3555
Size: 21' × 13'4'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Sultanabad antique rug, the reddish orange field with an allover lattice of beige leafy...
Item No: BB3555
$48,000
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5919
Size: 17'7'' × 14'1'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the pale rust field with floral sprays between alternating rows of linked cusped medallions.
Item No: BB5919
$95,000
A Persian Sultanabad rug BB0539
Size: 16'11'' × 12'3'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug, the abrashed navy blue field with a floral spray, palmette...
Item No: BB0539
$70,000
A Persian Tabriz rug (size adjusted) BB4818
Size: 14'1 × 10'5'' Circa: 1880
Of the antique Tabriz rugs in the collection, this size-adjusted example is distinguished by a lively allover pattern of leafy vinery that...
Item No: BB4818
$60,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB2670
Size: 13'10'' × 10'9'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the abrashed sand field with dense flowering vine around...
Item No: BB2670
$70,000
A Persian Tabriz Rug BB5520
Size: 9'10'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the cream field with rows of vases issuing floral bouquets, each...(SOLD)
Item No: BB5520
$9,500