• Collecting Guide: Oriental rugs and carpets by Christie's

    Specialist Louise Broadhurst advises on everything from the identification of natural dyes to finding the right setting on your vacuum cleaner. Illustrated with upcoming lots at Christie’s as well as others previously sold

    Carpets have been collector’s items for centuries: we know from inventories that Henry VIII owned several hundred Turkish rugs, some of which appear in his many portraits by Hans Holbein — the paintings preserving the memory of objects that have nearly all since disappeared. Keen Persian rug collectors included Cornelius Vanderbilt and Sigmund Freud, who kept a rug draped over the couch on which his clients would sit.


  • How to Make an Afghan Rug

    A lot of time and detail goes into making Afghan rugs. They’re durable pieces of art that are painstakingly crafted for months on end before finding a place in your home. Found in a variety of colors, designs, and regions, Afghan rugs have quickly become a symbol of tradition and culture.
  • How to Clean an Afghan Rug

    Handmade Afghan rugs, like tribal rugs, are known for their stunning detail and intricate designs. They are also notorious for being hard to clean. However, they don’t have to be. The process is relatively simple and worth the upkeep for these one-of-a-kind pieces.
  • Buying Afghan Rugs in a Selective Market

    Beautiful and extraordinary, let the room tell a story.  What makes an Afghan rug stand out from others is the process of care and passion that goes into procuring it.