As political and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has a lot to offer in terms of beauty and entertainment. Located on the picturesque river Manzanares, the city is considered one of the most influential European capitals in terms of economy, education and science. It’s long history, which began in antiquity, makes Madrid a fascinating tourist destination and nothing seems to falter city’s popularity. Doris Leslie Blau is proud to offer our services to Madrid’s citizens, as they proved time and time again to be great connoisseurs of antique rugs and contemporary carpets.
Ever since our inception in 1965, DLB’s mission is to deliver best quality antique rugs and vintage carpets wherever they are needed. Located in New York City, our gallery is home to some of the most spectacular rugs of every origin imaginable, including Oriental, European and Persian carpets. Seeing our antique carpets in the rooms of awarded designers is an everyday occurrence, as many of our clients are among Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers” . We take a great pride in our craft, always doing our best to set the standards of an outstanding service. In the past decade, Doris Leslie Blau has also established itself as a leading source of fine new and custom rugs based on patterns by many well-known contemporary designers, including Alberto Pinto, Jed Johnson Associates, Mariette Himes Gomez, Amy Lau, Miles Redd, and fashion designers such as Nanette Lepore and Tommy Hilfiger. Ask the world’s top designers or architects to name their preeminent source of luxurious antique and bespoke rugs and they’re likely to point to Doris Leslie Blau!
In order to deliver you best antique and vintage carpets, we offer fast and inexpensive (sometimes even free!) shipping all over the world, straight from our New York City based gallery, permeated with the magic of antique, vintage and modern rugs. As always, we care about your satisfaction the most, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our fabulous rug collection and shipping process. Doris Leslie Blau’s webpage offers you the ultimate shopping experience, allowing to filter through every carpet in our possession using categories such as size, color, origins and age. Moreover, if you desire something original, we also offer a possibility of ordering a custom rug, made just for your liking!
Madrid’s culture was greatly influenced by presence of three major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Muslim presence in art and architecture is especially visible, giving streets of the city unique appearance, comparing to other European centers. Even Spanish rugs found inspiration in Muslim art, which resulted in beautiful antique carpets, some of which can be seen in our gallery. Sadly, few buildings from Middle Ages or Renaissance were preserved. It is more common to see examples of architecture of Spain’s Golden Age, when the country was ruled by Habsburg dynasty. Those enamored with Madrid’s cityscape will enjoy taking a walk through Gran Vía, shopping street located in city’s center, as the styles of buildings located there are extremely diverse, ranging from Vienna Secession, Plateresque, Neo-Mudéjar, to Art Deco. This historic façade does not mask the fact that Madrid is a thriving modern city and constantly developing.
Doris Leslie Blau Gallery’s owner, Nader Bolour, is widely known as a talented designer and ingenious businessman. His family established the Bolour&Sons enterprise in the 1920’s in Iran and quickly gained recognition as one of the most distinguished rug dealers worldwide. The Bolours created Y&B Bolour in 1978, after moving their business to London, where Nader Bolour had his first meeting with Doris Leslie Blau, a great connoisseur of antique Oriental rugs. Few years later, when the two of them met again, they formed a partnership. Nader purchased Doris Leslie Blau Gallery in 1997.
Gallery’s great success on the antique and vintage rug market is due to its owner business sense, original thinking and, most importantly, immeasurable experience. With his finger constantly on the pulse of an ever-changing market and an unprecedented eye skilled in finding rare specimens, he instituted a new quality of the carpet dealership.
Apart from being an exquisite dealer of rugs, Nader Bolour is a designer himself, which can be easily seen in gallery’s broad range of custom carpets, made from best materials available for its demanding clientele. His designs are classical, yet contain hints of modernism. They combine the glory of the Orient with the freshness of contemporary influences. Nader Bolour’s love for rugs is reflected in the approach of his employees. Who would better understand the never-fading elegance of antique carpets if not the people who love them so dearly? Whether you seek a rug from Nader or you desire his original design, you can rest assured that he is prepared to deliver a bit of soul to your home.
Madrid’s love for art is expressed by a sheer number of museums, where some of the world’s best paintings are being kept. Famous Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado, compromises of three museums: the Prado Museum, known for Diego Velazquez and Francisco de Goya’s work, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, with Pablo Picasso’s best known painting Guernica. The city is known for hosting prestigious art festivals and more casual ones. The tastes of Madrid’s citizens are diverse and dynamic, making catering for them an enjoyable challenge for Doris Leslie Blau. In order to keep up with changeable trends and fashions, we work closely with Madrid based designers and artists, who lend us their expertise. Thanks to that, Doris Leslie Blau is able to tailor our offer in such a way that it will suit the needs of our numerous clientele. This flexible approach is what makes our gallery one of the world’s best places to shop for antique carpets, vintage rugs and contemporary rugs. For those most demanding, we offer the unique possibility of purchasing a custom carpets, made of best materials available. If you ever find yourself in a need of luxurious antique carpet, be sure to browse through our grand collection and find a perfect piece for you!