Nader Bolour - Owner, Doris Leslie Blau Gallery
A traditionalist in the buying and selling of luxury carpets and rugs, Nader Bolour, owner of the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery, is a true expert in his field, traveling the world and connecting with rare rug and carpet dealers, allowing him to buy some of the most exemplary and unique pieces across the globe. By continuing to maintain new inventory and ideas, Nader is able to provide his customers with exceptional pieces to fulfill their needs.
Nader's passion for antique carpets began early on, growing up in the family business. Founded in the 1920's in Iran, Bolour & Sons was considered one of the world's most distinguished dealers, and a gathering place for Iran's most prominent. In 1978, Nader's family established Y&B Bolour in London, where at 20 years old, he met Doris Leslie Blau, America's doyenne of antique Oriental rugs and carpets who opened her namesake gallery in 1965.
Branching out on his own in 1994 in New York City, Nader opened the U.S. location of Y&B Bolour. Reconnecting with Ms. Blau, a friendship turned into a partnership in 1997 when he acquired the famed Doris Leslie Blau Gallery.
The continued success of the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery can be attributed to Nader's unparalleled eye in finding unusual rugs, keeping his finger on the pulse of the ever-changing market, and intimately understanding the needs of decorators and clients. Whether it is the invigorating "chase" of the next remarkable antique carpet or creating an exclusive new contemporary design, Nader works to bring a bit of soul to every room through the selection of a carpet.
Using his business acumen, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, he has collaborated in and outside the industry on a number of exceptional partnerships. In 2007, he launched the Fashion Designer Collection, collaborating with fashion icons Tommy Hilfiger and Nanette Lepore. In 2009, he launched the Designer Collection, offering diverse creations from 46 interior designers and architects, with contributors including Miles Redd, Amy Lau, Albert Hadley, Ike Kligerman Barkley, Mariette Himes Gomez, Cullman & Kravis, and Gabhan O'Keeffe.
In 2011, Nader currated a collection of European Vintage Rugs from the 1920's-1950's, as well as a book featuring the compilation. The collection showcases 81 vintage rugs, featuring some of the most influential designers from the first half of the 20th century such as Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Nilsson, C.F.A. Voysey, Ingrid Dessau, and Paule Leleu.
The Doris Leslie Blau Gallery currently resides in a 7th floor loft space in the Interior Design Building, at 306 East 61st Street, in midtown Manhattan.