The Safavid dynasty was one of the greatest empires that ruled over Iran, which started in the 1500s and went on to rule up to the 1700s. A silk carpet from the school of master of carpet weaving Maqsud Kashani from that era was just sold for $1.2 million at the Iranian National auction. It was sold to an unnamed buyer, who paid much more than the price that was expected.
The carpet was sold for more than 3 times the expected price. About 38 items went for sale under this auction, which was held on December 27. The second highest auction item was a painting of Hossein Pirnia, an Iranian politician, by the painter Kamalolmolk, who was active during the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah. It sold for about $820,000. It was held at held at Khaneh Hamayesh, a convention center in northern Tehran.
To own a piece of history from such an important era must be a surreal feeling, and the auction was proof of that. There were quite a few exciting items in the auction, one of which was a rare copy of the Holy Quran dating back to the Qajar era, which was sold at $214,000. This was the third highest selling item.
Overall, the auction sold items worth $3million. Out of all the 38 items, only 16 of them were left unsold. This was the fifth edition of the Iranian National auction.