Antique Rugs

What is an antique rug?


Originally, way back in the 18th century, "antique" denoted Classical Antiquity; ancient Greek and Roman cultural history. In the 19th century, it expanded to encompass anything pretty old, anything not in current use, something historical. The notion of an antique being at least one hundred years old seems to have been formalized around 1900. Antiques were objects made before the Industrial Revolution, by hand and not by machine. But time moves on.

Today, something 100 years of age is the twentieth century and the 1920s are edging into the antique category. It is hard to wrap one's mind around Art Deco as antique when that style was once the epitome of Modern. But everything old was once new. Old is not necessarily better, just old, and quality can happen any time. Art does not take timeouts. "Lost" periods, styles, cultures, and media are constantly rediscovered. This keeps art historians and dealers employed.

An antique rug should be 100 years old by definition. However, a mass-produced rug from 1900, like anything mass-produced with attention given to commerciality and none to culture and craftsmanship, will never be antique no matter how old it gets. There is nothing artistic, no indication of craft attention or ingenuity, nothing speaking of the culture of origin. It is just an old rug that will serve its purpose as a floor covering; there is no soul and there is no tale. But Amoghli Mashads, which are less than 100 years of age, are already considered antique rugs because of its totally authentic design, genuine Persian materials and artistic quality.

There are other rugs that qualify as antiques although they aren't chronologically there yet. These pieces have the intrinsic integrity to age well and carry on the estimable oriental carpet art. Are they antiques-in-waiting or can we consider them as antiques already? [...]

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No. 21160
Persia, Early 20th Century
13 ft. 4 in. x 25 ft. 9 in.
4.06 m x 7.85 m
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No. 27669
Persia, Early 20th Century
10 ft. 7 in. x 13 ft. 1 in.
3.23 m x 3.99 m
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No. 25678
East Turkestan, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 7 in. x 12 ft. 4 in.
2.01 m x 3.76 m
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No. 23919
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 7 in. x 12 ft. 4 in.
2.01 m x 3.76 m
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No. 23283
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 5 in. x 15 ft. 6 in.
3.48 m x 4.72 m
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No. 29961
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 5 in. x 9 ft. 8 in.
1.04 m x 2.95 m
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No. 29145
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. 3 in. x 5 ft. 11 in.
1.60 m x 1.80 m
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No. 22760
Persia, Early 20th Century
12 ft. x 16 ft. 4 in.
3.66 m x 4.98 m
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No. 24532
Persia, Early 20th Century
12 ft. x 19 ft. 4 in.
3.66 m x 5.89 m
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No. 8983
Turkey, Early 20th Century
8 ft. x 13 ft. 9 in.
2.44 m x 4.19 m
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No. 22552
Persia, Early 20th Century
7 ft. 7 in. x 12 ft. 8 in.
2.31 m x 3.86 m
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No. 23633
Persia, Early 20th Century
8 ft. 10 in. x 11 ft. 6 in.
2.69 m x 3.51 m
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No. 29427
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 10 in. x 11 ft. 2 in.
2.08 m x 3.40 m
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No. 21058
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 2 in. x 18 ft. 2 in.
3.40 m x 5.54 m
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No. 27355
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 5 in. x 9 ft. 10 in.
1.96 m x 3.00 m
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No. 27668
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 4 in. x 11 ft. 3 in.
1.93 m x 3.43 m
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No. 24455
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 7 in. x 10 ft. 6 in.
1.40 m x 3.20 m
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No. 22002
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 10 in. x 7 ft. 1 in.
1.17 m x 2.16 m
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No. 29632
Caucasus, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 7 in. x 4 ft. 7 in.
0.79 m x 1.40 m
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No. 20028
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 11 in. x 16 ft. 2 in.
2.11 m x 4.93 m
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No. 29058
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 11 in. x 12 ft.
1.50 m x 3.66 m
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No. 27926
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 11 in. x 12 ft. 3 in.
1.50 m x 3.73 m
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No. 23013
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 4 in. x 12 ft. 9 in.
0.71 m x 3.89 m
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No. 26877
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 5 in. x 13 ft. 2 in.
1.04 m x 4.01 m
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No. 23716
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 11 in. x 12 ft. 11 in.
0.89 m x 3.94 m
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17 ft. 1 in. x 19 ft. 2 in.
5.21 m x 5.84 m
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No. 23393
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 11 in. x 9 ft. 6 in.
2.11 m x 2.90 m
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No. 27670
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 9 in. x 20 ft. 3 in.
2.06 m x 6.17 m
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10 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 2 in.
3.28 m x 5.23 m
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13 ft. 10 in. x 20 ft. 8 in.
4.22 m x 6.30 m
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