Overstock has made a name for itself by selling surplus merchandise to consumers at deeply discounted prices — and always shipping for only $2.95. Cheap is the word that the company most brings to mind. But there's one product that most definitely calls for an exception. The Rare Antique Meshkabad Persian Rug, at 26 feet, nine inches by 37 feet, retails for a whopping $135,000. The one-of-a-kind rug was hand-woven from 100 percent fine lamb's wool, using vegetable dyes, some time around the 1920s. It took a group of semi-nomadic people living in the village of Meshkabad (near Arak in North-Western Iran) five years to weave the rug. Wow!
I was first just shocked by the sheer price of the rug. But then I realized it's essentially the length of a pretty fancy yacht! And it took longer to weave than many people stay in one house! It's actually kind of sad, really, that a tribe spent so much time weaving something that eventually ended up on a surplus retailer's website. No? If you had the dough, and the space, would you buy it?