Antique rugs constitute an immense and diverse category of floor coverings, shrouded in aura of magic and mystery. An antique carpet is one that is over 80 years old. This obviously means that carpets that are produced nowadays will also one day become ‘antique.’ However, there is much more to it than merely age. Antique rugs for sale curated by Doris Leslie Blau belong to genuine wonders of weaving craft. They aren’t simply old rugs – they are masterpieces, permeated with timeless beauty, deep symbolic layer and historical significance. If refined workmanship, artistic sensitivity and absolute uniqueness is something you seek, embark with us on a miraculous journey through the spellbinding world of antique rugs.
Hearing ‘antique rugs’ or ‘antique carpet’ the first thing that comes to mind is a broadly understood Orient. Such connotation isn’t accidental – the regions which have always been the most involved in carpet production belong to the so-called “Rug Belt,” stretching from Morocco across North Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia and northern India. It includes countries such as northern China, Tibet, Turkey, Iran, the Maghreb in the west, the Caucasus in the north, and India and Pakistan in the south. Some of these places have been making antique rugs for sale for more than 2500 years.
Iran, historically known as Persia, is probably the most renowned of all these destinations yet each of them has something to boast about. Even within one cultural circle, particular weaving centers vary slightly from one another, bringing their own characteristic techniques and patterns. Nonetheless, antique rugs of various origins have a lot in common. The natural human curiosity and drive towards sharing and gaining knowledge set the lore of carpets in motion through trade routes. Hence one can find the most iconic Persian designs in India, Turkey or China, and the other way round. The same refers to weaving techniques. From simple tribal flat weaves/kilims, to sublime, arduously-created pile carpets, antique Oriental floor coverings inspire awe with their exceptional charm and sheer authenticity of artistic expression.
The know-how on rug-weaving wandered into the Occident too. Do not be mistaken – in the western hemisphere weaving had obviously been known long before the arrival of the first carpet from the east in the early Middle Ages. However, the craft of making fine antique rugs was definitely inspired by the works of oriental artisans. Maybe later but to marvelous effects, Europe has begun bearing carpets from Scandinavia through France to Bessarabia.
Doris Leslie Blau has been dedicated to bringing the glamor of antique carpets closer to people for more than 65 years. We are confident in our ability to deliver top-shelf products and customer service on the highest level. To us, antique rugs aren’t just objects. They are true artworks with important messages behind designs and gripping stories concealed within the intertwining warp and weft. They are poetry written with threads. Because of that, we treat each antique carpet and every single customer with upmost respect. Our expertise results from sheer passion – that’s why we are keen on sharing it with others. We assist our clients every step of the way and try to ensure they leave not only satisfied, but absolutely infatuated with their new purchase.
Antique rugs for sale from our collection are recherché treasures that will make a stunning statement in any décor. We invite you to browse our website in search for the perfect design or to our gallery to feel the magic under your fingers.
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