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 antique 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.Doris Leslie Blau doesn’t just sell carpets and rugs, the company tirelessly works to bridge the gap between art, design and architecture. Carpets and rugs play an important role in modern interior design. Since a room is built from the floor up, they are the foundation of an interior design project. They add warmth and comfort to the cold and hard concrete walls and marble floors. With their eye-catching colors and patterns, they help create the desired ambience in any living space. Doris Leslie Blau works intimately with interior designers and decorators to help turn their clients’homes into a work of art.
Antique 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.
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.
A specialist rug dealer in oriental and western rugs and carpets, Doris Leslie Blau’s impressive collection of antique rugs include rare Turkish, Persian and Indian masterpieces, many of which date back to the Medieval Age. Some of these rugs are so rare that no more than a few exist in the entire world. These specimens are so highly prized that collectors are willing to part with unimaginable amounts of money for them. The fact that the Doris Leslie Blau gallery has managed to create such a fine collection, speaks volumes about the expertise and dedication of those who run the company.
Oriental rugs and carpets are highly valued for their sublime beauty, exotic patterns, and remarkable strength and durability. The beautiful patterns and motifs woven on them often tell stories from the history and mythology of the people who made them. They may depict scenes from historical battles, hunting expeditions, royal courts, or simply mosques, palaces, people, flowers, animals and plants.
Among oriental rugs, the most sought after are antique Persian, Turkish and Moghul (Indian) rugs. These rugs are distinguished by their distinctive designs, attention to detail, high quality fabrics and high density of knots. Made using only the highest quality wool, they have a soft texture that makes touching them like touching a silk fabric. Really old antique rugs are very rare and command a very high price.
Since most of the antique oriental rugs have been bought by Western collectors, very few, if any, can be found in their place of origin. In fact, the two largest markets for genuine antique rugs are New York and London. In New York, Doris Leslie Blau has one of the largest and best collections of antique Persian, Turkish and Indian rugs. The gallery also has antique rugs from Europe (France, England, Spain, Austria, Bessarabia) and the Caucasus region.
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Vintage Berber Rugs. Traditionally, Berber people lived a nomadic existence, leading their herds up and down the mountains depending on the seasons. Weaving has long been a part of their culture, and Berber designs are linked back to the very earliest traces of human history, with early iterations found on rock and cave paintings.
Although today we use Moroccan Rugs to bring tactile comfort and aesthetic appeal to interiors, their original purpose was warmth and insulation. The Morrocan Rugs of the Atlas Mountains were hand-woven using the sheep’s wool provided by nomadic herds. And the rugs provided thick bedding, crucial for the inhospitable climate, for the nomadic people. The cream and neutral colors common to Moroccan rugs sold en mass today harken back to a time when dyes and colors were by no means a priority.
Cleaning your rug regularly and professionally is the easiest way to ensure your rug will be lasting well into the future. We have a multi-step procedure to washing and taking care of your antique rugs.