Some people may look at the 17th century, Clark Sickle-Leaf, antique rug, sold at the New York Sotheby’s auction for $34 million dollars as insane. On the other hand, it seems more socially acceptable for a famous painting be auctioned off for millions and sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars, without anyone batting an eye. In fact, the first thoughts and visions that may pop into your head when you hear the word “auction” probably involve some type of painting (personally I think of the paddles with the numbers on them, but that’s just me). It seems as though people immediately recognize and comprehend the beauty, uniqueness, and mystery of the history behind paintings and other uniquely prized possessions; however with oriental handmade rugs it seems as though these aspects are more frequently overlooked. A person is more likely to walk into a house and be fascinated with the painting on the wall (having a birth date of only 2 years) meanwhile, little do they know right beneath their feet is a 17th century $34 million dollar antique rug (not that anyone would randomly put that rug anywhere within their household without strategically planning). The value of oriental rugs are within their history and makeup. To think such a sophisticated, handmade, detailed rug could be created 300 to 400 years ago and withstand the test of time is incredible.
Oriental rugs have a value not only within their makeup and design, but their interwoven history as well. It is the ongoing wonderment of the time period in which the rug originated from, what was going on within that time period and who within that time period did the rug encounter and come in contact with. This is what makes oriental rugs incredibly fascinating. These facets of oriental rugs are what characterize and personify them; giving each one a sense of life and value that money cannot buy. Just like paintings and even people, it is important to look at oriental rugs and recognize the value of not only what is seen at the surface, but what stories lie within. By doing so, you too can become a thread of history within its story. All it takes is a little rug and appreciation.