Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • SHOP
  • Appraisals

    Persian Rug, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 - $3,500 (1997)

    Updated Value:

    $2,500 - $3,500 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 28, 1997

    Appraised in: Atlanta, Georgia

    Appraised by: Jo Kris Powell

    Category: Rugs & Textiles

    Episode Info: Atlanta (#1625)

    Originally Aired: July 9, 2012

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 2 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Rug
    Period / Style: 19th Century, 20th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 - $3,500 (1997)
    Updated Value: $2,500 - $3,500 (2012)

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (2:35)


    Appraised By:

    Jo Kris Powell

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: One day an antique man came around and took quite notice of this rug, and my mother just used it as a... scrape your feet on when you came in. This antique man kept noticing this rug. My mother said, "No, I don't want to sell it and I don't have anything here I want to sell," so the antique man left. My mother immediately took this rug because she thought perhaps it had some value. She immediately took the rug and put it in her dining room, where it stayed in a little corner in the dining room and it wasn't used in the entry hall anymore for wiping your feet on.

    APPRAISER: Mercifully. The interest in this piece is not so much in the provenance or even rarity so much as it is, first of all, the fact of its size. It's not a bag face or a pillow cover or anything that would be... have gone over a pack animal. It's a small rug, which is kind of unusual. I'd say it's about two feet by three-and-a-half feet. It's not very easy to see where it would have come from. I think it's Northwest Persian, probably made by Kurds, looking at the weave. But the beauty of this piece, and I love it, is the color because the color they've used-- a red... the green is an overdyed color which is a combination of the indigo and the yellow. Also, the drawing is perfectly beautiful. The outlining of the little rosettes-- the little meander borders are very graceful. The rhythm of this piece going from red into two yellow and one indigo band is particularly nice. This little barbershop finish. It's just a beautiful piece. It's a beautiful little piece.

    GUEST: I'm glad we held on to it, then.

    APPRAISER: Oh, I'm so glad you held on to it, too, especially since, if it... it's highly collectible, and if it came up at auction it would probably sell for someplace between $2,500 and $3,500.

    GUEST: Hmm...Just for a little rug to wipe your feet on.

    GUEST: Just for a little rug to wipe your feet on.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube