A “new era” of rug weaving tradition and workshops began in the early 15th century in Persia during the Safavid Dynasty. The most expensive carpet ever sold was sold in an auction by theSotheby'sfor 33.8 million dollars. The rug was a Sickle-Leaf, vine scroll and palmette "Vase" or "Tree of Life" design from the golden age of the weaving from, the city of Kerman woven in the 1600s. It was from the collection at the Corcoran Gallery Collection in Washington DC. Four individual collectors competed in an auction to raise funds for the museum conducted by Sotheby’s in London, resulting in a winning bid of $33.8 million.