Deco & Tibetan Rugs
Tibetan carpets at Doris Leslie Blau can be ordered in an array of exclusive yarns, colors and weave techniques. Our Tibetan rugs are all created in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner. The completed rugs are gently hand washed in cleaned and softened groundwater, which ensures that the natural resilience of the Tibetan wool yarn is preserved. Following this process, the waste water is carefully treated to be rendered non-toxic and is then returned to the ground system. All of our rugs are made in compliance with the conditions for fair labor practices as outlined by the international non-profit supervisory enterprise, Care & Fair, which promotes education, benevolent working conditions, medical care, and prohibits child labor.
Tibetan and Nepalese Rugs
Combining the rich history of Tibetan rug-weaving with the modernity and abstraction of the Art Deco style, the modern Tibetan and Nepalese rugs in the Doris Leslie Blau collection are a stunning collectors’ find. They are hand-woven in the Himalayas in Nepal, Tibet or India and take inspiration from the Deco-inspired modernism, incorporating the streamlined aesthetic and minimalism that is characteristic of the European-born art movement. Making use of abstract geometrics and bold color choices, the modern Tibetan and Nepalese rugs are woven by traditional methods and tools while simultaneously making use of avant-garde designs appealing to a modern sensibility. Tibetan and Nepalese rugs online at Doris Leslie Blau can be ordered in a vast selection of colors, designs, fibers and weaving techniques.
European Art Deco Rugs
European Art Deco swept across continents in the 20th century and revolutionized both the art world and the style favored by interior decorators. The watershed event for the movement and the moment that gave birth to a new, modernist style is the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. Tired of Art Nouveau and looking to inject modernity into a moribund industry, artists and designers alike created a style focusing on the abstract and minimal, with textiles and decorative arts reflecting the Cubism and Fauvism favored by fine arts at the time.
Deco’s influence, however, could not be confined to Europe and the United States; the style is present in many cultural niches, and has influenced the Tibetan and Nepalese rug and carpet weaving industry. Available at Doris Leslie Blau, Deco Tibetan carpets stand out in their use of dye, material and weaving technique.
The modern Tibetan and Nepalese rugs are all created in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner. The completed rugs are gently hand-washed in cleaned and softened groundwater, which ensures that the natural resilience of the wool yarn is preserved. Following this process, the waste water is carefully treated to be rendered non-toxic and is then returned to the ground system. All of our rugs are made in compliance with the conditions for fair labor practices as outlined by the international non-profit supervisory enterprise, Care & Fair, which promotes education, benevolent working conditions, medical care, and prohibits child labor.
History of Tibetan Rugs
The Doris Leslie Blau collection of Deco Tibetan and Nepalese rugs is unique due the subversion of tradition to appeal to modernist collectors. The carpet-making industry in Tibet and Nepal dates back thousands of years, and is first detailed in the writings of foreigners at the turn of the 20th century, with the British invasion of that part of the world. The unique carpets mentioned were noted as “beautiful,” with dedicated workshops producing the decorated pile rugs that were sold to wealthy families in Lhasa and Shigatse, as well as to monasteries.
Historically, Tibetan rugs are famed for the Tibetan knot, which is formed by looping the yarn around two warps and then further around a rod. Used in many rug weaving communities, this knot brings a uniqueness to handmade Tibetan carpets.
Tibetan and Nepalese rug making is an ancient, culturally specific craft. Typically made from Tibetan highland sheep wool called “changpel,” Tibetan carpets are used for a variety of purposes, including for flooring, wall-hangings, and horse saddles. While the introduction of modern technology has relegated some aspects of rug making to machines in workshops, the finest Tibetan carpets and rugs are still created the old-fashioned way - by hand on the loom.
These rugs are traditionally created with wool and/or natural silk. They are dyed and combined length-wise with either loop and cut pile weaves, or both. Tibetan and Nepalese carpets can also be woven from vegetal fibers such as hemp, nettle, aloe, Sunpat, bamboo silk and banana silk. Culled from cactus plants, Sunpat is an eco-friendly natural fiber noted for its extreme durability and natural sheen.