Sultanabad Rugs & Carpets

Persian rugs from the town of Sultanabad are located in the northwest province of Arak. It is the administrative center for the area. The province is dry, but it supplies much of the wheat for Tehran and other cities to the east. The town has no long standing rug making tradition and nothing was woven there before about 1870. Production for export began under the auspices of the Persian Tabriz carpet merchants who were looking for a city that would cost them less in overhead for the weaving of room size carpets.

In 1883 the British-Swiss firm, Ziegler and Co. of Manchester, established an office in the town. Ziegler sold English textile goods to the Persian market and remitted the proceeds by means of Russian gold coins to Russia and then by normal banking connections to London. This process was cumbersome at best and the coins were liable to be stolen by highway robbers while in transit. A better way was suggested by a Ziegler staff member, Oscar Strauss: buy carpets with the sale proceeds and send them to the UK where they could be sold at an additional profit. [...]

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No. 12328
Persia, Late 19th Century
7 ft. 8 in. x 10 ft. 11 in.
2.34 m x 3.33 m
$6,200
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13 ft. 11 in. x 20 ft. 8 in.
4.24 m x 6.30 m
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4.37 m x 5.61 m
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3.07 m x 3.73 m
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3.58 m x 4.70 m
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3.66 m x 4.67 m
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3.99 m x 4.14 m
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No. 25072
Persia
15 ft. 7 in. x 19 ft. 8 in.
4.75 m x 5.99 m
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13 ft. 7 in. x 17 ft. 7 in.
4.14 m x 5.36 m
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16 ft. 3 in. x 23 ft. 8 in.
4.95 m x 7.21 m
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12 ft. x 14 ft. 8 in.
3.66 m x 4.47 m
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11 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 8 in.
3.58 m x 5.38 m
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6 ft. x 7 ft. 1 in.
1.83 m x 2.16 m
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No. 18537
Persia, First Quarter 20th Century
11 ft. 9 in. x 15 ft.
3.58 m x 4.57 m
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No. 18093
Persia, Early 20th Century
12 ft. 3 in. x 17 ft. 5 in.
3.73 m x 5.31 m
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13 ft. 2 in. x 19 ft. 9 in.
4.01 m x 6.02 m
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13 ft. 3 in. x 15 ft. 9 in.
4.04 m x 4.80 m
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11 ft. 9 in. x 19 ft. 8 in.
3.58 m x 5.99 m
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No. 17055
Persia
5 ft. x 8 ft. 4 in.
1.52 m x 2.54 m
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15 ft. 3 in. x 16 ft. 11 in.
4.65 m x 5.16 m
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16 ft. 4 in. x 29 ft. 6 in.
4.98 m x 8.99 m
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8 ft. 11 in. x 11 ft. 8 in.
2.72 m x 3.56 m
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13 ft. 5 in. x 18 ft. 8 in.
4.09 m x 5.69 m
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12 ft. 7 in. x 15 ft. 7 in.
3.84 m x 4.75 m
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14 ft. 10 in. x 18 ft. 1 in.
4.52 m x 5.51 m
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10 ft. 2 in. x 14 ft.
3.10 m x 4.27 m
$28,000
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11 ft. 4 in. x 13 ft. 3 in.
3.45 m x 4.04 m
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12 ft. 7 in. x 23 ft. 8 in.
3.84 m x 7.21 m
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No. 13993
Persia, Early 20th Century
13 ft. 6 in. x 17 ft. 5 in.
4.11 m x 5.31 m
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No. 14235
Persia, Late 19th Century
13 ft. 5 in. x 19 ft. 4 in.
4.09 m x 5.89 m
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