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A Persian Tabriz rug BB4081Antique Rugs and vintage rugs add a dimension of style and history to a room that no other floor covering can match.  Varying in style, based on local tradition, these rugs have been used for thousands of years as a beautiful and practical foundation on which to build a room.  With offerings of antique Persian rugs, antique Oriental rugs, antique Karastan rugs, antique area rugs, vintage rugs, and Moroccan rugs, no matter your preference for color, texture, style or vintage, Doris Leslie Blau offers the widest selection of antique carpets and vintage carpets for sale to fulfill your dreams.  

While some of the technology may have evolved, the basic art of making rugs has not changed for centuries; the same basic techniques and materials are used whether the antique carpet is from Turkey, China, Persia, India, Morocco, or Russia.

Most high-end carpets were made in sophisticated urban settings, in well-established cities where value was placed on fine artistry and the stability of a permanent worksite allowed for use of larger and more sophisticated looms. The more casual tribal rugs were woven by nomadic tribesmen and women whose access was limited to coarser material and smaller, more basic, easily portable looms as opposed to the permanent looms used to make the more refined city rugs.

Antique rugs for the western market were originally made in countries such as India, Persia and Turkey. As the industrial revolution created a new merchant class, antique rugs were a sought-after status symbol demonstrating wealth and good taste. Watch any period film set in the late 19th or early 20th centuries and you will almost certainly see an oriental rug on the floor.

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Bespoke RugIn recognising that Rugs can be the focal point in any style of interior design and also the starting point for most interior designers and decorators, it makes sense to make absolutely sure that the rugs are perfectly suited for the interior that they exist within. And although there is a wealth of choice in styles, colors and periods  to be found in the galleries of Doris Leslie Blau, the perfectionist designer or home owner may choose to have the ideal rug commissioned  especially for  them.  Custom rug designs are made possible through the support and complete determination of the talented and experienced team at Doris Leslie Blau to assist our clients through this process. Bespoke rugs and carpets are created as one of a kind rugs hand knotted in Nepal, India, China, Egypt or Afghanistan depending on the type of weave desired.

So imagine designing a rug of your own, a rug unique in its combination of color and pattern. Imagine having the choice from every period, every texture and styles from every corner of the world: whether it be a Tibetan allover rugs or something from a previous century; something contemporary with a touch of humour woven into it; perhaps with a traditional or completely zany design as a start off point for creating something specifically for your space. 

Imagine having a rug so perfect for your space that it is the foundation for the entire interior design theme. Imagine doing this with the guidance and experience of world leaders in rug technology, history and design. At Doris Leslie Blau, when clients create their own bespoke rugs, this is an option.

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Spider Web RugTibetan rug making is an ancient traditional craft. Tibetan rugs are traditionally made from Tibetan highland sheep’s wool called changpel. Tibetans use rugs for many purposes ranging from flooring, through wall-hangings, and then on to horse saddles.

The process of making Tibetan rugs is unique in the sense that the knotting method is different from that used in oriental and other rug weaving traditions worldwide. With the introduction of modern technology some aspects of the rug making processes have been taken over by machine in many workshops, in particular for yarn spinning and trimming pile after weaving. This is primarily because of cost but also because of skill shortages in the traditional ways. Nevertheless, the finest carpets and rugs are those still made in the old-fashioned way, by hand.

Tibetan rugs are woven on a rectangular, vertical loom. The loom is warped with high-grade cotton from top to bottom. A metal rod is pushed horizontally across the warp and yarn is looped over the rod, then onto the warp to make a pile. When the whole knot is made, a cotton weft is put across to separate the pile, then combined and compacted with a wooden hammer. It is then slit with sharp blades across the metal rod to make a pile. This process is repeated until the rug is made. Tibetan rugs are available with 60 to 200 knots.

Tibetan carpets now woven in Nepal are direct descendants of the pile rug weaving tradition. Tibetan carpets at Doris Leslie Blau offer an array of exclusive yarns, colors and techniques. Hand knotted Tibetan woven carpets begin by dyeing wool and silk yarns and combining the two fibers in a length-wise fashion with both loop and cut pile weaves. Tibetan carpets can also be woven from organic fibers such as Hemp, Nettle, Sunpat and Banana silk.

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Semi Antique RugSemi antique rugs - a collection of carpets that are the antique rugs of tomorrow.

These rugs are traditional and transitional in style and were woven in the second quarter of the 20th century. From the 1920's to about 1950. 

Although they are woven with the same technique as their older counterparts they are about 40% less in price.