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
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug.
Item No: BB6222
$95,000
Antique Persian Kirman BB6252
Size: 14'7'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.
Item No: BB6252
$60,000
Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug BB6224
Size: 15'10'' × 12'6'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug.
Item No: BB6224
$90,000
Antique Persian Kilim Rug BB6245
Size: 11'6'' × 7'9'' Circa: 1928
An early 20th century Persian Kilim rug.
Item No: BB6245
$18,000
Antique Persian Meshad Rug BB6233
Size: 9'9'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Persian Meshad rug.
Item No: BB6233
$18,000
A Persian Meshad Rug BB4977
Size: 12'10'' × 9'9'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Meshad rug.
Item No: BB4977
$18,000
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: S1249-4972
$75,000
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
Persian Meshad Rug BB6137
Size: 12'4'' × 10'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Meshad rug.
Item No: BB6137
$48,000
Persian Tabriz Rug BB6140
Size: 14'10'' × 11'6'' Circa:1920
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug.
Item No: BB6140
$50,000
Persian Mohtashem Kashan rug BB6141
Size: 11'7'' × 8'4'' Circa: 1900 An early 20th century Persian Kashan rug.
Item No: BB6141
$90,000
A Persian Tabriz rug BB3155
Size: 18'5'' × 11'6'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the abrashed camel field with an allover lattice of blue vinery...
Item No: BB3155
$100,000
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
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
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 Meshad carpet BB4035
Size: 21'3'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Meshad (Meshed) antique carpet, the pale beige field with an intricate allover herati...
Item No: BB4035
$90,000
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 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
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
A Persian Tabriz Rug BB6031
Size: 12'10'' × 9'6'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the steel blue field with an allover lattice of palmettes and flowering vinery within a dusty peach palmette and millefleur border.
Item No: BB6031
$50,000
A Persian Meshad rug BB3821
Size: 11'4'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Meshad (Meshed) antique rug, the dusty rose field with a bold design of staggered...
Item No: BB3821
$50,000
A Persian Meshad rug
Size: 13'4'' × 10'3'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Meshad (Meshed) antique rug having a camel and sand lozenge lattice overall with deli...
Item No: BB3987
$45,000
Persian Sultanabad
Size: 19' × 13'6'' Circa: 1880
An antique Persian Sultanabad rug in muted shades of beige, brown with a touch of blue-grey. Sultanabad rugs are from an area in Iran where Ziegler & Co. of Manchester, England established a carpet workshop in the late 19th century adapting traditional Persian...
Item No: BB4914
$90,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB4258
Size: 20'5'' × 13'10'' Circa: 1880
A decorative late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the cocoa field with a dense scrolling vine...
Item No: BB4258
$120,000
A Persian Mashad Rug BB5407
Size: 15'10'' × 10'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Mashad rug from Persia, the abrashed beige field with delicate details in light blue, terracotta and chocolate scattered allover.
Item No: BB5407
$85,000
A Persian Meshad Rug BB5111
Size: 12'6'' × 9'6'' Circa: 1900
An Antique Persian Meshad Rug with abstract floral and geometric shapes incorporated into a large scale...
Item No: BB5111
$40,000
 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
A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5927
Size: 17'9'' × 13'4'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the rust field with palmettes and fleurons covered by an allover design of scrolling interlocking arabesques.
Item No: BB5927
$100,000