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 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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An Indian rug BB5734

Size: 23'2" x 15'7" Circa: 1920
An early 20th century North Indian rug, the abrashed forest green field with leafy vinery.

Item No: BB5734
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A Pesrsian Kirman rug BB5735

Size: 19'4" x 11'9"Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Southeast Persian Kirman (Kerman) garden carpet, the sage, beige and brown field with an overall field stepped design, with rectangular compartments.

Item No: BB5735
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A Persian Tabriz Rug BB5740

Size: 10'1'' × 6'10''

Item No: BB5740

An Antique Chinese Rug BB5732

Size: 8' x 5' Circa:1920

Item No: BB5732

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5720

Size: 13' x 10' Circa: 1920
A Northwest Persian Tabriz antique rug the multicolored stepped lozenge lattice overall in shades of blue, sand and light brown colors...

Item No: BB5720

An Antique Kirman Rug BB5719

Size: 12' x 6'6" Circa: Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, with an all over design of unusually Damask rose motif.

Item No: BB5719

An Indian rug BB5733

Size: 20'7" × 18' Circa: 1950
A modern mid century rug from North India, the camel field with a trellis of curving feathery leaves and angular tendrils.

Item No: BB5733
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A Persian Tabriz Rug BB5703

Size: 12'3" x 7'2" C:1920
antique Persian carpet from Tabriz, the tan field with an overall floral sprays around.

Item No: BB5703

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5730

Size:11'2" x 8'6" Circa: 1920
A finely-woven early 20th century Persian Tabriz antique carpet, light blue field with an overall design ...

Item No: BB5730

A Persian Kirman Antique Rug BB5729

Size: 12'8" x 9'2" Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Kirman antique garden carpet.

Item No: BB5729

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5728

Size: 21' x 12'5" Circa:1920
an early 20th Century Persian Tabriz carpet with An all over light green background garden design.

Item No: BB5728

A Chinese Rug BB5731

Size:9'4" x 4'10" Circa:1920

Item No: BB5731

Indian Amritsar Rug BB5726

Size: 20'2" x 16'3"Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the dark brown field with a palmette, serrated leaf and flowering.

Item No: BB5726

Indian Amritsar Rug BB5722

size: 14' x 9'10" Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the cream field with scattered floral motifs around a dusty pink .

Item No: BB5722

A Persian Khorassan rug BB5704

Size: 18'9" x 13'6" Circa: 1880
A late 19th Century Persian Khorassan Rug rendered in a contemporary blue and brown color palette.

Item No: BB5704

An Indian rug (Size Adjusted) BB5725

Size: 16'1" x 13'8" Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Indian antique rug, the pale beige field with a subtle allover trellis of leafy split-leaf tendrils ...

Item No: BB5725

A Turkish Oushak rug BB5727

Size:15'6" x 13'7" Circa: 1920

Item No: BB5727

A Silk Kayseri Rug BB3349

Size: 9'6'' × 6'7'' Circa: 1920
A Silk Kayseri Rug.

Item No: BB3349

An Indian rug BB5723

Size:17'1" x 11'8" Circa:1920

Item No: BB5723

A Persian Meshad rug BB5721

Size: 15'10" x 11'8" Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Meshad (Meshed) antique rug.

Item No: BB5721

A Persian Sultanabad BB5718

Size: 9'4" x 8'7" Circa:1900
An early 20th century Persian Sultanabad carpet

Item No: BB5718

Indian Amritsar rug BB5702

Size: 14'10'' × 9' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century antique Amritsar carpet, the pale field with angular leafy vines and palmettes around ciel blue medallion.

Item No: BB5702

A Coucasian Shirvan BB5701

Size: 4'6" x 3'2" C:1900
A Coucasian Shirvan rug.

Item No: BB5701

A Moroccan Rug BB5044

Size: 10' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
A Modern Vintage Moroccan Rug with a minimal linear design...

Item No: BB5044

A Persian Tabriz carpet BB5724

Size: 22'8" x 12'4" Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Tabriz rug with an allover trellis of palmettes and flowering vinery. Identical ivory flowers within a slate green palmettes on green border.

Item No: BB5724
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