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تاريخ درج: 28/12/91


Ancient Persian rug once owned by American billionaire set to make a tidy pile when it goes on sale for £5m



Carpetour| 18 March 2013
    By Lucy Crossley
    DailyMail | 17 March 2013

    
    When it comes to home furnishings there aren`t many things more stylish than an authentic Persian rug but savvy shoppers won`t be able to pick up this magic carpet in a holiday bazaar.
    The ancient rug, which dates back to the 1650s is estimated to sell for an incredible £5m when it goes on sale at auction this summer.
    The exquisite hand-woven carpet is more than 360 years old and measures 8ft 9ins by 6ft 5ins, and the pre-sale estimate from the auction house means it works out as a hefty £92,592 per square foot.
    
    

    Tidy pile: This ancient Persian rug, which dates back to the 1650s, is set to reach an incredible £5m when it goes up for sale at Sotheby`s in New York
    The intricately woven rug of red, blue and green colors was owned by an American billionaire industrialist who bought it in the early 1900s, and the artifact was donated to a museum after his death in 1925.
    Since then the carpet, decorated with an asymmetrical pattern of sickle-shaped leaves, has been regularly displayed at the Corcoran Museum in the US capital, Washington DC.
    However, the museum has now decided to sell the rug to raise funds and its auction later this year is generating huge excitement among antique carpet collectors across the world.
    Despite its age, the rug is said to be in exceptional condition, suggesting it had been hung for many years rather than being laid on a floor.
    Mary Jo Otsea, a senior consultant of rugs and carpets at auctioneers Sotheby`s, said: `This is a beautiful example of carpet weaving.
    In my 30 year career, this is the most exciting and important collection that I have dealt with.
    
    

    Careful owner: The intricately woven carpet of red, blue and green colours was bought by an American billionaire industrialist William Clark in the early 1900s and was donated to a museum after his death in 1925
    
    The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet is without question one of the most iconic and important carpets ever to appear at auction.
    It was made during the Safavid dynasty in Persia in the 1650s and made by several weavers at a very sophisticated workshop in south east Persia.
    It would have been for a noble person as it would have been very expensive to make.
    William Clark, a billionaire industrialist who also became a senator, purchased it from a dealer in Paris while on a tour of Europe in the early 1900s.
    He must have hung it because it is in very good condition and is unlikely to have spent much time on the floor.
    He bequeathed his collection of carpets to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1925 and it is being sold by them for future acquisitions.
    Carpets of this caliber don`t come up that often
    The rug has a wool pile and the foundation is made of cotton and silk.
    It is being sold by Sotheby`s in New York in June.
    
    For sale: The rug, which was made during the Safavid dynasty in Persia will be sold at auction at Sotheby`s in New York this summer
 


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