Extra Large and Oversized Rugs
When a rug measures more than twenty feet (width or length), it is considered as extra large rug. There is definitely something magical in carpets of this kind, since their production often takes a very long time and involves plenty of weavers. Oversized rugs are admired not only because of their overall beauty and artistry of designs, but also for the consistent attention to detail. In the majority of cases, antique oversized carpets were commissioned by more affluent members of the society, sometimes whole families. They needed custom-made carpets, with specific sizes to completely cover the floors of their houses. Various styles of antique oversized rugs can be distinguished, like Antique Persian, Indian, Turkish rugs etc. After such rug was created and sold, it usually remained in the hands of a particular family across generations. Thus now, these exclusive floor coverings are considered highly valuable, being sought after by collectors as well as enthusiasts of Antique Oriental rugs. If you are looking for a large/oversized carpet, it is better to choose one of the already made rugs. Production of a new oversized carpet is extremely costly, since plenty of materials, time and people are needed to fulfill it. For this reason, we can find more antique oversized rugs available today than the large contemporary rugs. What is more, they would very often cost less than their contemporary equivalents. Since the wealthy customers used to commission quite a lot of oversized rugs for their vast mansions, the production of those exceptional floor coverings was more common in the past than it is nowadays.
Doris Leslie Blau's collection includes various antique oversized rugs, for example Antique Indian Turkish or Persian rugs, within which you can also find North Indian or Kirman rugs and many more. Some vintage oversized carpets and large contemporary rugs are available as well.