Antique Rugs

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. 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.

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 rugs in the Doris Leslie Blau collection were produced during this period.

Antique carpets can vary in color, size, design, and material. The current trend 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, Edgar Allen Poe once wrote that " the soul of the apartment is in the carpet."

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A Spanish rug BB2726

Size: 17'10'' × 16'6'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Spanish carpet, the gray field with a blue angular vinery trellis overall within a similar gray ...

Item No: BB2726

An Indian Agra rug BB3576

Size: 11'7'' × 10'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Agra carpet, the taupe field with primitive allover angular floral motifs in crimson ...

Item No: BB3576

A Beshir (Russia) Rug BB5714

Size: 15'9'' × 7'3''

Item No: BB5714

An Irish carpet BB1053

Size: 11'1'' × 8'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Irish carpet, the maize field with enlarged black leaves overall with pink lines beneath ...

Item No: BB1053

A Persian Bakshaish carpet BB5532

Size: 16'1'' × 11' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Bakshaish rug with a large-scale Herati pattern on a soft brown field within ...

Item No: BB5532

A Karabagh rug BB4104

Size: 18'5'' × 7'1'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Karabagh rug, the a salmon field with condensed geometric motifs of stylized forms and angula ...

Item No: BB4104

A Rag Rug BB4843

Size: 10' × 7'1'' Circa: 1950
A mid Century Modern Rag Rug woven in Turkey with bands of irregular stripes. Multi colored . ...

Item No: BB4843

A Moroccan Rug BB5270

Size: 6'5'' × 5' Circa: 1950


Item No: BB5270

A William Morris rug BB1063

Size: 21'1'' × 8'1'' Circa: 1930
A modern second quarter 20th century rug designed by William Morris, the dark blue field having a dense overall ...

Item No: BB1063

A Chinese Deco rug BB4022

Size: 11'6'' × 9'1'' Circa: 1930
A second quarter 20th century Chinese Art Deco carpet, the dark brown field with an intricate allover grid pattern ...

Item No: BB4022

A Chinese Deco rug BB1642

Size: 9'6'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Deco rug from Chinese, the oatmeal and blue field with a spacious overall lozenge lattice ...

Item No: BB1642

A Persian Sultanabad carpet BB4305

Size: 14'7'' × 10'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Sultanabad antique rug, the tomato red field with an enlarged palmette and vinery ...

Item No: BB4305

A silk Samarkand (Khotan) rug BB4577

Size: 10'7'' × 5'3'' Circa: 1900
An antique silk Samarkand (Khotan) rug from the early 20th century, the open orange-red field around three blue ...

Item No: BB4577

An Indian Agra Rug BB5272

Size: 10' × 7'1'' Circa: 1920
An Antique Cotton Indian Agra Rug.

Item No: BB5272

A Silk Chinese carpet BB3994

Size: 8'2'' × 5' Circa: 1880
An unusual late 19th century antique Chinese silk carpet, the purple field with a playful polychrome trellis overal ...

Item No: BB3994

A Moroccan Rug BB5134

Size: 12'3'' × 3'5'' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Moroccan Runner with snow capped triangles with other shapes...

Item No: BB5134

A Tiger Rug BB5276

Size: 6'4'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950


Item No: BB5276

A French Deco Rug by Paul Haesaerts for Elisabeth De Saedeleer BB5377

Size: 10'5'' × 8' Circa: 1930


Item No: BB5377

An Indian Cotton Agra rug BB1843

Size: 18'10'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Agra antique rug, the ochre field with an overall panel design of stepped diamond ...

Item No: BB1843

A Samarkand (Khotan) carpet BB4374

Size: 10'1'' × 3'9'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) rug, the tan field with various vinery formed roundels around a dark blue ...

Item No: BB4374

An Indian Dhurrie carpet BB4309

Size: 14'8'' × 6'8'' Circa: 1940
A modern second quarter 20th century Dhurrie carpet with an overall design of light blue and darker blue-green ...

Item No: BB4309

A Chinese Art Deco rug BB4602

Size: 11'5'' × 9'2'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Chinese Art Deco rug having a vibrant yellow field with an angular trellis in turquoise ...

Item No: BB4602

A Turkish Oushak Runner BB4918

Size: 12'2'' × 4'5'' Circa: 1900
An Antique Turkish Oushak Runner with an unusually masculine color palette on an orange field. ...

Item No: BB4918

A Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5609

Size: 14'2'' × 10'2''

Item No: BB5609

A Chinese Rug BB5238

Size: 5'7'' × 3'1''

Item No: BB5238
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