Antique Decorative Rugs

Antique Decorative Chinese RugAntique decorative rugs add a dimension of style and history to a room that no other floor covering can match. Varying in style, based on local tradition, these rugs have been used for thousands of years as a beautiful and practical foundation on which to build a room. No matter your preference for color, texture, style or vintage, Doris Leslie Blau offers the widest selection of antique and vintage rugs for sale to fulfill your dreams.

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While some of the technology may have evolved, the basic art of making rugs has not changed for centuries; the same basic techniques and materials are used whether the carpet is from Turkey, China, Persia, India, Morocco, or Russia. However, each region, and sub-region, has its own unique design iconography that has been handed down from one generation to the next ensuring that each is distinct and special despite this basic commonality of construction. The type of material used, the method of tying knots and the density of knots per inch, combined with specific design schemes all give a unique cultural fingerprint to each carpet or rug.  

Most high-end carpets were made in sophisticated urban settings, in well-established cities where value was placed on fine artistry and the stability of a permanent worksite allowed for use of larger and more sophisticated looms. The more casual tribal rugs were woven by nomadic tribesmen and women whose access was limited to coarser material and smaller, more basic, easily portable looms as opposed to the permanent looms used to make the more refined city rugs.

Decorative rugs for the western market were originally made in countries such as India, Persia and Turkey. As the industrial revolution created a new merchant class, antique decorative rugs were a sought-after status symbol demonstrating wealth and good taste. Watch any period film set in the late 19th or early 20th centuries and you will almost certainly see an oriental rug on the floor.

An antique rug is one that was created before approximately 1920. Carpets & rugs from 1920 through the 1950’s are considered vintage. Decorative rugs can vary greatly in color, size, designs and material. This is what makes them so versatile; ranging from a smaller decorative rug for a bathroom, decorative area rugs to define a particular space, all the way to room-sized antique carpets. The current trend among those buying antique decorative rugs is towards neutral colors which can be used as a more subtle background to a room. Antique decorative rugs, however, still come in a rainbow of colors and designs that allows them to create a warm and inviting ambiance and to anchor any room whether as a backdrop or a focal point.  It has been said that a carpet is the “soul of the room."  Select one that reflects your special nature and captures your imagination.

The Doris Leslie Blau gallery has one of the largest inventories of antique decorative rugs for sale in the Northeast. We are dedicated to finding and buying the rarest, finest quality antique rugs and carpets available. We have been doing so for 50 years. Please visit our outstanding collection of oriental antique rugs on the web or in one of our galleries. Whether you are seeking a vibrant area rug to be the focal point of your room, or a subtle allover rug to play a supporting role in a design scheme, we are confident that we can help you find the perfect rug to meet your needs and desires.