Home > Articles > Rug Articles > Antique rugs in Sweden Antique rugs in Sweden October 1, 2017 Antique rugs in Sweden Antique rugs in Sweden adminPP Although it was famous in the past as the motherland of fearless Vikings, nowadays Sweden is one of the most developed countries in the world. Coincidently, it is also a home to one of the most popular kinds of carpets – Swedish rugs, loved for their traditional motifs and high quality. We are proud to deliver our own rugs of all origins and ages to the houses of Swedish citizens. Oriental rug, Persian carpet or antique tapestry – whatever you need, Doris Leslie Blau is sure to have it! About us 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. Our New York City based gallery strives to deliver our wide clientele best quality antique carpets and vintage rugs. From businessmen to Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers”, our clients show Doris Leslie Blau their loyalty, knowing that we offer the highest standards of service. 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 Bunny Williams! 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. Nader Bolour With his finger constantly on the pulse of an ever-changing market, Doris Leslie Blau Gallery’s owner, Nader Bolour, is widely known as a talented designer and ingenious businessman Although he is a man of business, Nader has also artistic side as a designer. His works are classical, yet contain hints of modernism. They combine the glory of the Orient with the freshness of contemporary influences. 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. After moving to London, Nader Bolour had his first meeting with Doris Leslie Blau, a great connoisseur of antique Oriental rugs in 1978. Few years later, when the two of them met again, they formed a partnership and Nader purchased Doris Leslie Blau Gallery in 1997. History of Sweden Sweden emerged as an independent country between 12th and 13th century. After epidemic of Black Death in the 14th century killed off a third of country’s population, Sweden was significantly weakened, which made it susceptible to political attacks of Hanseatic League, a confederation of merchant guilds from Germany, which aimed to get the whole of Scandinavia under its influence. Fearing for its culture, finances and language, Sweden and other countries of the region decided to group together and form the Scandinavian Kalmar Union, although as the Union meet with other problems, Sweden decided to leave it in the 16th century. The Thirty Years War, a religious conflict in Central Europe, which began in 1618, gave Sweden a unique opportunity to expand its territories. Unfortunately, those territories were gradually lost in numerous conflicts that Sweden was entangled in, ending in the annexation of Finland by Russia in 1809. Ever since 1814, when Norway was forced into a personal union with Sweden, the country managed to maintain a position of neutrality in foreign affairs, even during World War I and II. Still, Sweden sometimes breached its policy of neutrality, with the most famous one being taking in refugees from German-occupied Europe. Culture Picturesque fiords and varied terrain make Sweden a great spot for those interested in hiking or Nordic walking. Every year thousands of people visit the country in hopes of seeing one of its many wonders – northern lights. In recent years Sweden became known as European capital of thriller, due to a sudden surge of excellent crime fiction authors, such as Stieg Larsson or Camilla Läckberg. Swedish architecture is extremely varied, ranging from the Romanesque churches in the country side to ultramodern structures elevated in the cities. Among older structures worth seeing are Borgholm Castle, Halltorps Manor and Eketorp fortress on the island Öland, the Nyköping fortress and the Visby city wall. Sweden is a home of numerous great artists, such as the 19th century painter Carl Larsson , who helped to shaped the image of the idyllic Swedish countryside with his illustrations. One of the country’s greatest treasures is its traditional handcraft. Weaving was always an important part of Swedish culture, but in the mid 19th century, the government started to fund arts programs, in order to preserve traditional patterns, endangered by the influences of immensely popular Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements. Thanks to such initiatives, numerous ingenious weavers emerged, heralding a new era in Swedish design, with Måås-Fjetterström being the most prominent example. Thanks to her work, Scandinavian rugs gained worldwide recognition and are still highly sought after. Sweden’s cool beauty never fails to inspire us and those who came to love its uniqueness and hospitality. Wherever you need an antique rug or maybe something more contemporary, Doris Leslie Blau is m happy to serve you with our expertise and excellent service. Those interested in our exquisite rugs will be delighted to learn of our gallery’s wide offer, which features carpets of all origins and ages. Feel free to browse our webpage and indulge yourself in most luxurious online carpet shopping experience! For those most demanding we offer the possibility of ordering a custom carpet, created just for you. If you happen to have any questions or doubts, our qualified staff would be more than happy to help or advise you.