Whether you need:
At Doris Leslie Blau, we strive to offer our clients, the interior design community, a diverse selection of the highest quality antique rugs
persian oriental rugs
available in New York. Our selection includes:
and a diverse collection of
Our clients include the top 100 designers and architects of the USA and we also serve seekers of reputable antique rug dealers around the world. We
pride ourselves on maintaining a stellar reputation of bridging the gap between modern art, design and architecture and often blending the new and
old, which leads to a greater understanding of the art form.
We specialize in
20th century rugs
large area rugs
we source have graced the homes of celebrities, politicians and general lovers and collectors of beautiful and unique rugs in New York.
Amongst our collection of antique rugs is a large amount of inventory in
antique Indian rugs
19th Century rugs
are Meshad carpets and
The most popular of our categories are from the Deco and modern period which consist of
are one of our best sellers in New York.
In the past decade we have established ourselves as a primary destination for rug creations by experimenting with new rug designs. Our best
collections are Tibetan
and wool rugs and we have a vast array of other weaving techniques in stock, such as hemp texture rugs, flat weave rugs
reproductions. We continuously replenish our selection!
We also work with some leading rug designers, including:
Mariette Himes Gomez
who have all helped us serve our clients with
Doris Leslie Blau - A Great Resource for Designers and Decorators
Whether you are a young emerging interior designer, or a well-established decorator, the Doris Leslie Blau
Antique Carpet in New York
Gallery is confident that we can assist you in exploring options including new and
or an antique rug within your budget and time-frame.
If you would like to arrange a viewing appointment, to see any rug, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
Antique Rugs by Doris Leslie Blau
The biggest collection of Antique Oriental Rugs, Vintage Rugs and New and Contemporary Rugs
Turkey, India, the Caucasus and Europe are their most typical origin places.
Characteristic features of antique rugs are traditional designs and making techniques. They are usually hand-made of natural materials and
dyed with non-artificial dyes only. Due to such execution, antique rugs may remain in excellent condition for centuries. It is also the reason
behind their high value and renown.
In the past, the connection between craft and art was much closer than it is today. Thus, the vast majority of antique rugs are artworks
rather than utilitarian objects. No matter if simple tribal or complex urban ones, antique rugs can be named timeless.
Antique rugs are in a class of their own. Exclusive and exotic, they are objects of desire of collectors around the world. What lies behind
such fame of antique rugs? They may vary in color, size, design and material. Nonetheless, two things are common to them all – quality and
never-fading beauty. Made in traditional techniques by skilled artisans, antique rugs sport meticulous designs. These patterns inspire awe
even in the finest of contemporary craftsmen. Due to diligent workmanship, today we may marvel at ingenious carpets that were born ages ago.
If we continue to seek out and care for these artworks, they will last to please further generations. Although the fashion circle goes on
constantly changing the trends, antique rugs are always in vogue. The timeless character of antique oriental rugs never ceases to fascinate.
Each antique rug has the potential to anchor a room and create an inviting ambience. After all, a rug is a foundation of every marvelous
interior. Edgar Allen Poe once wrote that "the soul of the apartment is the carpet." We could not agree with the master more. Yet, the
greatest power of antique rugs lies in their cultural significance. Steeped in history and permeated with symbolism, they teach us about the
past while helping to understand the present. Individual motifs and colors of antique oriental rugs combine in intricate patterns. These, like
the legendary Scheherazade, tell stories, express emotions and document the life of our ancestors. Practically every culture in the world
ensures the longevity of their iconography through rugs. This, in turn, shows how important it was for our predecessors to merge craft with
meaning and art. To imbue utilitarian objects with soul. Let’s not squander this splendid, centuries-old legacy.
Doris Leslie Blau is dedicated to preserving antique rugs. After all, they are treasures of the past. We offer all kinds of antique rugs for
sale. Whether you are after antique area rugs, antique runner rugs or kilims, you will find them with us. We pride ourselves in our vast
collection that includes rare and luxurious specimens. Most of our antique rugs are impossible to find with any other purveyor. Now, immerse
yourself in the fascinating realm of antique oriental rugs for sale and pick yours. Only then will you be able to enjoy their irrepressible
charm on daily basis in New York City or any other part of the globe.
The origin of antique rug weaving is often disputed. Experts have uncovered splendid carpets in the palace of Cyrus the Great, who ruled the
ancient Persian Empire in the 6th Century B.C. People crafted these antique carpets in very small villages and sold them for placement in
residences. Many of the rugs featured designs and weavings unique to the particular community or tribe in which they were created.
The artistic high point for antique carpets occurred during the 15th to 18th centuries, under the reign of the Safavid Dynasty. During that
period, the Shahs supported the weaving industry by ramping up commercial production and organizing weaving workshops that employed highly
These royal workshops had a purpose: to give designers and workers the tools and space they needed to create the best, most intricately
designed antique rugs. Many carpets featured thread made of gold, silver or silk – an example of the astounding quality of these textiles.
Highly skilled artists would sketch the rug patterns, and the most talented weavers would implement the designs. The Shah’s full support made
sure the quality of the product was unparalleled during these times. After establishing trade with Europe, Persian rugs stimulated the Persian
economy and heralded the dawn of a prosperous era. The most highly sought-after antique carpets come from this period, including two of the
most prized rugs ever woven – the Ardabil Carpets – which hail from the 16th century.
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 a
story. This story gives us an incredible insight to the time period in which they were created, and the lives of the weavers.
Antique area rugs, when it comes to cultural significance and historical importance are in class of their own. Each culture, especially the ones
deriving from ancient civilizations or of purely tribal provenance, ensures the longevity of their design iconography through the making of
rugs. Most high-end antique carpets, particularly those from Persia or India, have traditionally been made in sophisticated urban settings
where exceptionally high value was placed on such fine artistry. More tribal and casual carpets were woven by nomadic tribesmen and women as
they had access to coarser materials 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 area rugs in the vast Doris Leslie Blau’s collection were produced during this period.
Antique rugs can vary in color, size, design, and material. Trends in utilizing antique decorative rugs are constantly changing. One of the
current popular trends in buying antique carpets is towards neutral colors which can be used in any environment. Although antique decorative
carpets come in a myriad of colors, every one of them 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.", and we could not agree
more with the great writer.
While a precious, finely woven carpet may be classified as oriental or Persian on the basis of its design, only rugs that are at least 80 years
old or more can be considered or classified as being antique. The younger ones, from 30 to 50 years old, should be called vintage.
There is also a different, more restricted division, saying that antique rugs are solely those made before the 1930s as around then happened a
great transformation of the entire rug industry. During that time, machine-spun wool substituted the hand-spun wool, and artificial dyes came
in place of vegetable and natural ones which had a huge impact on the general shape of woven textiles, although it wasn’t long before
craftsmen returned to the previous, more traditional methods of production. Moreover, the dawn of the 20th century met with rapid and decisive
changes in the socio-political field that heavily influenced the art world and the perception of beauty, mainly in Europe but also in Asia,
which, in turn, was reflected in the designs of rugs from the mid-20th century (now considered mainly as vintage).
Nonetheless, it is unwise to apply this kind of division for vintage and antique rugs. First, as Western influence expanded across the Middle
East, the native peoples began to lose their autonomy and authenticity, and their ability to maintain traditional patterns diminished along
with their ability to preserve traditional craft techniques. Secondly, many rugs created in the modern era after the 1925, if made according
to old and refined methods, match the indisputable excellence of ancient Persian carpets. Inevitably, in time, what used to be modern or
vintage is becoming antique. It is rather a question of beauty and ability to withstand years of usage without a sing of wear than the mere
fact of being made before the 20th century that classifies an antique rug.
The exact origin of weaving, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, is not entirely clear. Nonetheless, the first hand-woven textiles
were most certainly born on primitive looms in the tents of nomadic tribes and under the roofs of early settlers who needed them for a series
of reasons, floor covering being one of the latter. In their humble beginnings, antique rugs served as bedding, mantle, shelter or dowry, and
played an important role in the lives of people not only on their floors and walls. Although Persia is considered the cradle of carpet
production, artistic weaving techniques for the creation of precious antique decorative rugs came into being in different and disparate
cultures at near-simultaneous times.
Translating the genesis of oriental rugs to present-day geography, one may safely assume that carpets come from Iran, India, Pakistan, Turkey,
Tibet, China and everywhere near or in between those countries. Middle East and Asia are the forerunners of hand-woven textiles, however
Europe also had its role in the shaping of antique carpets, not to mention the later yet extremely valuable input of North America.
Even now, the fundamentals of weaving fine floor coverings are the same for most weaving centers, though it does not mean that the antique rug
world is dull and homogenous. Each region has developed its own weaving style and utilized various materials, from wool, cotton, silk and
jute, to metal threads, banana silk or even horse hair. Natural dyes, obtained from plants and minerals were both visually striking and
capable of standing the test of time. Bona fide carpets, which are recognizable to experts and collectors alike as fingerprints would be to a
forensic scientist, age beautifully even as they fade. Ethnically identifiable artwork, symbols and colors, which evoked the culture and norms
of the weaver, are usually incorporated in the designs and artistic layouts. The fabrics used in antique rug creation and even the weaving
process utilized are usually named after the country, region or culture that they were developed and perfected in.
If we are to look at the history of antique decorative rugs, ancient Persia, with its venerable tradition and special connection to carpets,
would probably be the best place to start.
DORIS LESLIE BLAU - New York-based antique rugs purveyor established in 1965. The world's most recognizable brand for antique rugs. Creators of the finest floor coverings in New York City.
We give you access to the rarest collection of antique rugs in NYC. We travel the globe to find the most authentic and unique floor coverings exclusively for the design community. Each antique rug from our collection is a one-of-a-kind treasure of the weaving craft.
In our New York Gallery, we curate authentic antique rugs of the best quality for sale in New York City. Doris Leslie Blau’s collection includes carpets of all kinds, from European and North African through Persian and Turkish to Indian and Chinese masterpieces, many of which date back to the Medieval Age.
Let us treat you to a tour of what it means to be a true craftsman. We will show you why we are masters of the art of rug-making. Tell us about your most heartfelt design expectations and we will serve with professional assistance at every step of your journey.
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