The oldest carpet in the world can be seen in the largest art museum in the world Hermitage. Scientists suggest that it is woven treasure is likely to have been in the Middle East, and in the 5th century BC he was transferred to the Altai caravans. There he lay in permafrost mound to archaeological excavations in 1929. Thus, this ancient carpet about 2, 5 thousand years. Survived it, of course, is not in perfect condition, but the richness of color and pattern is quite clear.
The most expensive carpet in the world of surviving in 2010 was sold for 9, $ 6 million in the US auction Christie's. As with all previous instances, the carpet, of course, comes from Iran. He was woven in the mid 17th century. Its area is rather modest - 3, 3, 1, 5 m. In fact that all Persian carpets are measured by the meter, announced the price seems incredible - 50 thousand. Dollars per 1 sq. cm. This rug is not intended for the living room or bedroom - walk on it just will not. He joins a closed private collection of the lovers of antiquity, whose name was not disclosed, but the value of the carpet is determined by the history of things, which is described in the certificate is applied to the product. That is why the vintage piece handmade carpets are not ranked lower than Rembrandt and Monet.