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Dear Friends, In honor of the Fortieth anniversary of Doris Leslie Blau Ltd., all proceeds from the sales of this catalogue will be donated to DIFFA in their continuing effort to fight the battle to win the war against HIV/AIDS.

Sincerely,

hirty years ago, as a young designer at Parish-Hadley, I rang up Doris Leslie Blau and made an appointment to look at carpets for a new project. I was given a date and time — one never just showed up! — and arrived with much trepidation to the showroom on East 57th Street. While waiting in the reception room, with the scent of mothballs permeating the air, I was offered a coffee (one always had to wait, as usually there were clients still looking through the amazing inventory). On the wall were photographs of carpets so unusual that I became truly excited over what I was about to see.

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Finally, I was shown into the showroom and thoroughly looked over by Mrs. Blau, who asked me what I was looking for. Only able to give her the size that was needed (as I knew very little about carpets), she began to open one after another of the most magical, unusual rugs I had ever seen. On that afternoon Mrs. Blau generously shared her knowledge and passion for carpets with me as she would time after time. Over the years Doris Leslie Blau was where I knew I could always find a special carpet, from an ancient Indian Agra to an American Hooked Rug. Just when I thought knew what I wanted, a rug of such beauty and uniqueness was shown to me that I frequently rethought the design of a whole room. As her ad always said, “The Soul of the Apartment is in the Carpet”. For me, Doris Leslie Blau was always the first stop when beginning a new project. One never saw the ordinary at Doris Leslie Blau, but carpets and rugs that would begin weaving the magic of a room. And that magic continues today. Bunny Williams


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Persian Sultanabad Irish Arts and Crafts

24.2 X 14 22 X 14.10

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English Wilton Persian Tabriz

14 X 10.2 18.9 X 13

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Persian Khorassan

21.10 X 13.2

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Late 17TH Century, Khorassan “SHRUB” 18 X 14.8 Central Asian Samarkand 17.1 X 13.7 Bessarabian 11 X 10.6 Indian Amaritsa 19.7 X 16.10

Persian Tabriz Persian Kirman

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Persian Kirman Persian Ferahan

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Turkish Ghiordes

18.7 X 10.4

Central Asian Khotan Persian Tehran

13 X 6.11 9.7 X 6.7

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Chinese Dragon Indian Lahore

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20.2 X 14.9 23.8 X 14.5

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18.8 X 11.9 23.6 X 16.6 19.4 X 13.1

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Indian Dhurie Persian Tabriz

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Persian Tabriz Indian Agra Persian Kirman

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17.11 X 11.6 22.2 X 11.8

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17.8 X 10.6 21 X 13.6

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16.5 X 8.10 14.11 X 11.4

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17.6 X 12.9

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Mongolian Spanish

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Persian Kirman

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15’ x 6’8” 12.9 X 10 18.4 X 10.5

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19 X 11.6 16 X 13

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Northwest Persian, Persian Tabriz Chinese

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Spanish Viennese

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18.9 X 11 15.2 X 9.10

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12.3 X 9 17.9 X 11.7 12.10 X 9

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Persian Sultanabad French Deco

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Persian Tabriz Persian Tabriz Persian Tabriz

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Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Allen Schwarz for their generosity and to the photographers Max Villani and Bärbel Miebach

Graphic design

Paolo Sèstito Colors separation

Composit Printed in Rome - Italy

Selegrafica 80

Doris Leslie Blau, Ltd 306 East 61st Street 7th Floor@IDB New York, NY 10021 www.dorisleslieblau.com

40th Anniversary of Doris Leslie Blau - Antique Rug Catalog  

40th Anniversary of Doris Leslie Blau - Antique Rug Catalog