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Trends in Decorating – Antique and Vintage Rugs

James Andrew at the Doris Leslie Blau gallery - photo by Nick Turner

James Andrew at the Doris Leslie Blau gallery - photo by Nick Turner

I’m certainly not one to follow interior design fads and trends, however I’m very happy to see that the use of antique and vintage rugs has become popular again. In my own interior work, I’ve always used fine rugs—not only can they be seen as art for the floor, they also create the foundation upon which the rest of a room can be built. I do love the richness and history they can add to a room, especially in new or modern buildings.

One of my favorite go-to resources for antique and vintage rugs is the highly esteemed Doris Leslie Blau known for rugs of the highest quality and exceptional beauty. I’m currently decorating an apartment in a legendary Art Deco building, and the Doris Leslie Blau gallery is the perfect place to search for sublime rugs.

The following images are a couple that I think will help to create some spectacular rooms!

I’m sure you’ll agree this Chinese Deco with a mink ground and amber border, with accents of lavender and purple is simply divine.

At Doris Leslie Blau

At Doris Leslie Blau

This round French Deco Carpet celebrating the signs of the horoscope will certainly be a WOW element in my client’s circular entrance hall.

French Deco Carpet by Paul Follot at Doris Leslie Blau

French Deco Carpet by Paul Follot at Doris Leslie Blau

Luxuriating amidst Doris Leslie Blau’s large and quite diverse selection, I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill Snowdon suit, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, grey and Ivory silk wool check tie, brown leather belt with faux tortoise and gold buckle and brown leather tasseled loafers, black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, Hermes grey silk pocket square and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Doris Leslie Blau


It used to be that the decoration of a room would begin with the selection of a sensational carpet – sadly this time honored tradition has gone by the wayside, and I might add, with pretty disastrous results. Typically a carpet is one of the most expensive acquisitions, so it makes sense to select the carpet first and then match one’s fabrics and furnishings.

Let’s get back to basics and start from the ground up!

Certainly one of my favorite places to go for the most spectacular carpets has been the Doris Leslie Blau gallery founded by the legendary Doris Blau, whose discerning eye and taste for slightly unconventional pieces has made the DLB gallery a prime destination and invaluable resource for those in the know for 45 years!

On a recent visit I was immediately enthralled by this 1920’s French Aubusson Carpet – a masterful commingling of exotic 17th century Turkish influence and refined French sophistication created on a colossal 18.6 x 17.10 scale! Its beauty is such that I was thrilled but not terribly surprised to learn that it once graced the floor of the Chateau de Groussay in an interior by the legendary decorator Emilio Terry created for iconic taste maker Charles de Bestigui. You may remember my mention of this hallowed ground as one of my favorite Chateau’s of all time in an earlier post? Needless to say this little bit of provenance, added to my already deep initial attraction to the piece, has me quite excited about bringing it to our lovely readership here at WIJW.

Salon Hollandaise (above) A photo of the fabulous Salon Hollandaise (carpet in situ), and the floor that inspired the “Groussay Grid” carpet I designed for Doris Leslie Blau.

Contemplating all the wondrous potential of this glorious carpet, I’m wearing a Gucci white and black perforated leather jacket with saddle leather trim, Tom Ford white and black cotton stripe shirt with french cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cufflinks, shocking pink jean cut pants by Dior, Gucci python belt with silver double horsehead buckle and saddle leather tasseled loafers.

A Room Envisioned

Rich saturated colors can really add excitement and a bold glamor to a design; seeing this extraordinary bright orange lacquered “Arbus” style buffet from the Pascal Boyer Gallery got me thinking about its great potential as a dining room focal point. To make the colors in this dream room really resonate, upholstered grofage chocolate linen velvet walls might be just the thing. Add to this vision a modernist dining table with gilt bronze base and glass top surrounded by painted antique white and bright chartreuse upholstered Louis XVI oval back side chairs. Overhead, a Bagues rock crystal chandelier would be truly magical – and just above the buffet perhaps a large 50s gilt iron Jansen sunburst Mirror would create that perfectly opulent accent. Finally, for a floor treatment, the geometric Chateau de Groussay inspired silk carpet I designed for Doris Leslie Blau would be the quintessential statement of luxury. – A Quite splendid vision! – n’est-ce pas?

By a happy coincidence, my outfit compliments this magnificent buffet quite well. I am wearing, a Gucci camel hair top coat, a Mackintosh Scotland brown corduroy vest lined in orange nylon, camel silk turtle neck, striped wool scarf, oatmeal corduroy pants and python loafers all by Gucci, brown suede gloves by Sermoneta and a brown suede and leather satchel by Gucci.