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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Antique rugs for the western market were originally made in countries such as India, Persia and Turkey.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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Flat Weave Rug by Tommy HilfigerDoris Leslie Blau, one of the most elite carpet and rug dealers in the world, is second to none with half a century of experience in helping our clients find exactly the right carpet or rug to give a room its soul. With access to the finest specimens of antique, vintage, new, and custom carpets, we can meet the needs of the most demanding of clients. We pride ourselves on the high level of customer service we provide and the strong bonds we forge in order to understand and deliver exactly what our customers want. Always popular in our collection are flat weave rugs which are frequently used by top interior designers and architects as the final furnishing that pulls all other design elements together to complete a room or as the foundational piece that sets the tone for the room and from which the entire design draws inspiration. Flatweaves can be found in variety of colors, patterns, designs and styles and are made in an assortment of materials such as wool, hemp, silk, linen, and cotton. These rugs are highly versatile and thinner than hand-knotted rugs. Many cultures and religions have used these rugs as floor coverings, wall hangings, and prayer rugs for centuries. Among the rugs in this category are Kilims, sumacs, aubussons, needle point, and tapestry rugs (see below for more details on each of these styles). Flatweaves designer rugs can be made by hand or machine and, as the name indicates, do not have tufted pile and knots; they are flat. Many Middle Eastern countries are known for their flat weave rugs and in some regions they are still handmade by skilled craftsmen in accordance with centuries-old traditional methods. These rugs are highly durable and easy to maintain.

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Hand knotted Dhurrie RugA Dhurrie, (also spelled as durry or durrie) is a flat woven rug traditionally made in India and used as a floor cover. Dhurries are available in a variety of sizes, with the smallest measuring 12” x 12” but they can be as large as 24' x 24', particularly with rugs used for meditation, called the Asan. 

Different materials are used to make Dhurrie carpets such as silk, jute, rayon, wool and cotton, or a combination. They are hand woven into different patterns and styles. Because they are durable and rugged, they have become the choice of designers who are looking for a casual look. However, they will fit in nicely whether the setting is formal or casual.

Traditional Dhurrie rugs are hand woven by artisans using vertical or horizontal looms, and in some cases pit looms are also used. Pit looms are often used in Rajasthan, and their Dhurries are known for sturdiness and beautiful colors. 

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Antique Persian Heriz rug BB2402For carpet and rug lovers, northwest Persian creations are a must have. These varieties of rugs include mainly Heriz rugs (also known as Serapi rugs) or the Bakshaish rugs. Persia, as a whole, is known for its authentic oriental antique art and engraving. This is very evident in northwestern Persian rugs as well. They are a special category unto themselves; built off the foundation of the brilliant and striking Persian art culture.

Heriz Rugs

These rugs are produced in Heris, East Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran. Heriz carpets are known for being extremely durable and hard-wearing, many lasting generations. That is why you can still find some of the major 19th century produced Heriz rugs on sale at major auctions in Europe and United States.

These rugs are tough, thick and known for their mystical effect of getting more beautiful with age. The toughness of these rugs is due to the copper deposit in Mount Sabalan. The presence of this high density of copper is transferred through drinking water to sheep leading to traces of copper in the wool produced by them, which in turn leads to production of high quality, tough wool that is more resilient than wool produced in other areas. In terms of design, weavers use bold patterns and geometric figures dominated by a large medallion.

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