Gold carpet worth US$1.4 million showcased in Dubai. Persian carpet that contains 4.2kg of gold took over seven years and six men to complete. The three-dimensional handmade carpet is roughly the size of a squash court at 6×10-metres and took six men and seven and a half years to make. It would have taken a lifetime to finish if one person had worked on it alone, said Dr Afshin Ghanbarinia, vice-chairman of Heritage Carpet.
The rug’s base contains the gold while the top layer is made with silk, assuring that the gold remains untouched when the rug is stepped on, Dr Ghanbarinia explained. It is among 200,000 rare handcrafted silk and wool carpets worth around AED2b ($545m) featured at the event, which sold around 300 carpet items worth over AED5m ($1.4m) in its first week, according to director of Dubai Customs Ahmad Mahboob Musabih. The gold carpet features more than 800 colours and motifs reflective of Persian history including fictional flowers from the Safavid Empire.
Persian carpets are mostly produced in Iran and can take up to a decade to complete. They are considered among the world’s most valuable objects, often compared to diamonds by Iranians. Other rare carpets on display in the exhibition included a 400 year old and 150 year old rug imported from Iran and valued at $14 million combined. The Carpet and Art Oasis event runs until January 15 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.