Antique Rugs

The origin of carpet weaving is often disputed. The most common belief is rug weaving was believed to be first created by Cyrus the Great during his reign of the Persian Empire in 529 B.C. These carpets were made in very small villages for residential use with designs and weavings identifiable of the specific community or tribe they were created. The artistic weave, quality, and deign of antique rugs reached its pinnacle during the Safavid Dynasty (1499-1722). This was most likely because Shah Tahmasp and Shah Abbas of the dynasty created a weaving industry that focused on large commercial production including highly skilled and organized weaving workshops. Royal workshops were established specifically for designers and workers to create the best carpets with intricate designs. Silk with silver or gold thread are examples of the high quality fibers used.

Highly skilled artists would sketch the carpet designs, and the most intricate designs would be used by the most talented weavers in the empire. The Shah’s full support made sure the quality of the product was unparalleled during these times. Trade was then established with Europe with Persian rugs as one of the products that spurred economic growth, and Persia had grown into its golden age. The majority of most sought after antique rugs were made during this time with arguably the two greatest rugs ever woven in the mosque of Ardebil in 1539. These rugs are now located in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the other one is in the Los Angeles County Museum.

The fundamentals of weaving antique rugs have not changed for centuries many of the earliest known techniques and materials are still in use in the major rug producing regions of the world today such as Turkey, China, Persia, India, Morocco, and Europe. Every antique rug tells story. This story gives us insight to the time period they were created and the lives of the weavers.

Antique rugs can stand on their own for historical importance and cultural significance. Each culture ensures the longevity of their design iconography through the making of the rugs. Most high-end antique carpets, especially those from Persia or India, have traditionally been made in sophisticated urban settings where a high value was placed on such fine artistry. The more tribal and casual carpets were woven by nomadic tribesmen and women as they had access to coarser material and didn't have the advantage of an established rug loom. These men and women were inspired by cultural trends and historical events.

The golden age of rug weaving in India, Persia and Turkey occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries due to the Industrial revolution in Europe. For the newly emerged merchant class at the time, oriental rugs primarily functioned as beautiful status symbols of wealth and good taste. Most of the carpets and antique area rugs in the vast Doris Leslie Blau collection were produced during this period.

Antique carpets can vary in color, size, design, and material. Trends in utilizing antique rugs are constantly changing. One of the current popular trends in buying antique and vintage rugs is towards neutral colors which can be used in any environment. Although antique rugs come in a myriad of colors, every rug has the potential to anchor a room and to create an inviting ambiance; after all a rug is the foundation of any great room. Edgar Allen Poe once wrote that "the soul of the apartment is in the carpet."

We cordially invite you to view the largest collection of antique carpets at the crossroads of the world in New York City.

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A Samarkand Rug BB5837

Size:9'5" x 4'9" Circa:1930
A second quarter 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) carpet, the purple field with a column of three roundels, each containing a geometric centerpiece. ringed by ivory and green flowerheads within...

Item No: BB5837
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A Persian Hamadan rug (Size adjusted) BB5822

Size: 9' x 2'4" Circa:1880
An Early 20th century Hamadan Rug.

Item No: BB5822
$10,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Rinde Ramsback BB5824

Size: 9'10" x 6'5" Circa: 1930
An early 20th century swedish flat weave rug sing by Marta Rinde- Ramsback

Item No: BB5824
$10,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5829

Size: 10'8" x 7' Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5829
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5826

Size: 7' x 5' Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5826
$9,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5825

Size: 9' x 6' Circa: 1935
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5825
$20,000

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5828

Size: 10' x 6'8" Circa:1945
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan pile rug.

Item No: BB5828
$18,000

A French Deco Rug BB5827

Size: 9'10' x 6'9" Circa:1940
A late 20th century French Deco carpet.

Item No: BB5827
$25,000

A Samarkand Rug BB5835

Size: 10'2" x 5'3" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Samarkand rug,with a mirrored design.

Item No: BB5835
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A Samarkand Rug BB5834

Size: 9'2" x 4'6" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) rug, having a purple and green central roundel on the yellow field with geometric corners.

Item No: BB5834
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A Samarkand Rug BB5836

Size:6'7" x 4'5" Circa:1910
An early 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) rug, having a aubergine central roundel on the beige field with butterflies in the corners within a sand,green and brown diagonal stripe border.

Item No: BB5836
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A Samarkand Rug BB5817

Size:9'2" x 5' Circa:1930
An early 20th century Samarkand rug.

Item No: BB5817
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5455

Size: 8'7'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5455
$30,000

A Samarkand Rug BB5805

Size:5'5" x 3'9" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Samarkand rug, with a trellis overall of angular vinery and abstract flowerheads within striped and key pattern borders.

Item No: BB5805
$15,000

A Samarkand Rug BB5818

Size: 8' x 4'5" Circa:1930
A second quarter 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) carpet, with abstract floral motifs around three central polychrome roundels, within a polychrome modern-looking striped border.

Item No: BB5818
$15,000

A Samarkand Rug BB5806

Size:9' x 4'6" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Samarkand rug,with a mirrored design of abstract flowerheads and vases issuing flowering vinery around.

Item No: BB5806
$25,000

A Spanish Savonnerie rug BB5821

Size: 9' × 6' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Spanish Savonnerie antique rug, the celadon field with unusual blue abstract flowerheads ...

Item No: BB5821
$10,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug (The Park) BB5204

Size: 7' × 4'2'' Circa: 1943
A Swedish Flatweave tapestry technique designed in 1943 by Barbro Nilsson.

Item No: BB5204
$26,000

A Samarkand Rug BB5807

Size:8'2" x 3'8" Circa:1900
An early 20th century Samarkand rug, with flowerheads and abstract floral motifs around three central roundels, within a polychrome modern-looking striped and fretwork border.

Item No: BB5807
$18,000

An Arts & Craft Rug BB5808

Size:15' x 10'2" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts by Voysey Rug.

Item No: BB5808
$50,000

A Kilim Rug BB5786

Size:8'5" x 4'9" Circa1900
An early 20th century Persian Kilim rug.

Item No: BB5786
$8,000

A Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5809

Size:8'1" x 5'4" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish carpet.

Item No: BB5809
$20,000

A Swedish Rug Sign by (JLH) BB5810

Size:8' x 5'2" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Vintage Swedish rug sing by (JLH).

Item No: BB5810
$18,000

A Swedish Pile Rug "Algo" by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5385

Size: 10'1'' × 7' Circa: 1933

Item No: BB5385
$35,000

A Swedish Rug Sign by (ABJ) BB5811

Size: 7' x 5'3" Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish rug sign by (ABJ).

Item No: BB5811
$12,000
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