When seeking the perfect rug, the world’s best interior designers know that the place to turn is
Doris Leslie Blau. This Manhattan-based gallery has an amazing collection, which includes everything from antique Turkish weavings to bespoke carpets. In addition to being an outstanding source for antique and vintage rugs, the gallery also partners with designers to create unique rugs that combine the very best of design and quality. Below we feature four Dering Hall designers who have married their considerable talents with Doris Leslie Blau’s superb techniques to create truly one-of-a-kind carpets. 110
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1. Designed by Thomas Jayne for Edith Wharton’s home, known as “The Mount,” this rug is a timeless classic. It is a contemporary design that uses elements found in 18th century Aubusson carpets, but reinterpreted in a modern way. And while it was designed a few years ago, as Jayne notes, it would fit just as perfectly in today’s home as it would in Teddy Wharton’s den. He says, “The rug is a modern take on traditional Aubusson rugs that Edith Wharton would have admired. Aubussons are often centered with baskets of flowers. Our room at the Mount was designed to appear as if the Francophile Wharton had decorated the space today.” Thomas Jayne.
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2. Developed with designer Timothy Whealon, this wool rug is adopted from a Fortuny fabric. When asked about this rug, Doris Leslie Blau’s President and owner Nader Bolour says, “Of course, being woven on a very fine quality Persian weave gives a very modern yet old feel to this rug pattern.” We couldn’t agree more. Timothy Whealon.
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3. “Inspiration comes from many places, and this one was inspired by a Carlo Bugatti table in our client’s collection,” says Suzanne Lovell about this lovely rug she created with Doris Leslie Blau. ”The central medallion motif inspired an overall pattern in a tone on tone loop and pile carpet. This along with other simple pattern expressions of the medallion provides rhythm and visual memory throughout the interior.” Adds Bolour, “Even from the image, you can almost feel the sense of luxury in this rug, which is made from silk and has a 1920s Deco feel.” Suzanne Lovell.
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4. This Tibetan rug, designed by Sandra Nunnerley, was inspired by her trip to Africa. ”Every year I go somewhere new; on a recent African Safari I became exposed to beautiful prints and colors,” she explains. ”An opportunity to collaborate with Doris Leslie Blau came up and I was able to realize my safari inspiration in the form of a hand-knotted, Tibetan wool-and-silk rug. The striking zig zag pattern and modern color palette impart the design with a bold, global sophistication.” Echoing Nunnerley, Bolour notes “the combination of colors, which are not used every day, is a breath of fresh air,” adding that ”the design is simple but yet highly chic.” Sandra Nunnerley.