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 Persian Kirman Rug (size adjusted) BB5922

Size: 17'5'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet from Southeast Persia on a field with an abrashed sand field with an allover pattern of scattered floral sprays and birds, within a sand...

Item No: BB5922

A Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5926

Size: 17'4'' × 12'2'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug, the red field with an overall design of enlarged flower heads floral sprays, and vinery within an abrashed sea blue herati border.

Item No: BB5926

An Indian Agra rug BB3690

Size: 9' × 8'9'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Agra rug, the pale caramel field with an allover lozenge lattice formed by flowering ..

Item No: BB3690

A Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5508

Size: 10'4'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Sultanabad carpet from Persia, the red field with an overall design of enlarged flowerheads, palmettes, straight tendrils and leafy vines, within a royal blue...

Item No: BB5508

A Spanish carpet BB1045

Size: 11'2'' × 8'8'' Circa: 1920
A Spanish carpet, the camel field with unusual leaves, flowerheads and palmettes around ...

Item No: BB1045
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An Indian Amritsar carpet BB2651

Size: 9'9'' × 6'11'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Amritsar carpet, the pale beige field with an overall large-scale design of vitality ...

Item No: BB2651

A Persian Mohtashem Kashan rug BB5949

Size: 13'x 10'2" Circa:1880
A highly-decorative late 19th century persian kashan antique rug.

Item No: BB5949

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5925

Size: 16'6'' × 11' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Tabriz rug from Northwest Persia, the sand field with a palmette, serrated leaf , and floral trellis overall within a midnight blue palmette and curving leaf border.

Item No: BB5925

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5921

Size: 17'9'' × 9'1'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the slate blue field with a dense allover pattern of ochre spilt-leaves, flowers and leafy vinery surrounding two small cusped...

Item No: BB5921

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5919

Size: 17'7'' × 14'1'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Tabriz antique rug, the pale rust field with floral sprays between alternating rows of linked cusped medallions and fleur-de-lys-shaped medallions containing...

Item No: BB5919

An Indian Rug BB5917

Size: 17'8" x 14'8" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Indian antique rug.

Item No: BB5917

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5916

Size: 21'4'' × 13'4'' Circa: 1900
A finely-knotted early 20th century Northwest Persian Tabriz antique rug, the soft abrashed camel field with palmettes and floral vinery within a soft powdery blue border with a similar...

Item No: BB5916

A Kashan Mohtashem Rug BB5920

Size: 14'6'' × 11'3'' Circa: 1880
An antique Persian Mohtashem rug.

Item No: BB5920

A Persian Sultanabad rug BB5918

Size: 20' x 16' Circa:1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug.

Item No: BB5918

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5911

Size: 11'2" x 6'7" Circa:1935
An early 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5911

A Turkish Hereke Rug BB5914

Size: 12' × 9'7'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Turkish Hereke , the midnight blue field with an allover millefleur pattern surrounding rows .

Item No: BB5914

A Turkish Oushak Rug BB5915

Size: 16' x 8'9" Circa:1920
An early 20th century antique Turkish Oushak carpet.

Item No: BB5915

A Persian Hamadan rug BB5912

Size: 7'2" x 4' Circa:1920
An Early 20th century Hamadan Rug.

Item No: BB5912

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5913

Size: 12' x 9'8" Circa:1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Tabriz rug.

Item No: BB5913

A Caucasian Shirvan rug BB5904

Size:4'9" x 3'5" Circa:1900
An early 20th century Caucasian Shirvan rug.

Item No: BB5904

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5905

Size:8'3" x 5'8" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5905

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug signed (GG) BB5906

Size: 10' x 6'10" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish vintage rug signed (GG).

Item No: BB5906
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A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5909

Size:7'2" x 5'6" Circa:1940
An early 20th century flat weave Swedish rug.

Item No: BB5909
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A Swedish Flatweave Rug signed by (AGA) BB5910

Size: 8'4" x 5'4" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug signed (AGA).

Item No: BB5910
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A Japanese Rugs BB5902

Size 8'5" x 5'9" Circa:1940
A second quarter 20th century Japanese rug.

Item No: BB5902
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