Antique Tulu Rugs

Tulu means long haired in Turkish. These rugs were made in the past for the purpose of getting warmth and for sleeping. They are soft, usually have vibrant colors and are very shiny. Antique Tulu rugs are some of the most beautiful textile creations in the entire world. They can be identified by their artistic details and luscious texture. These rugs were made by hand knotting with the Ghiordes knotting style. Tulu rug patterns are unique but they are mostly based on flowery or vinery designs with something solid or plain for a centerpiece. Tulu rugs are usually woven with a combination of vibrant and earthy tones for balance.

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Our collection of Tulu rugs is specially selected from Anatolia, the home of the Tulu rugs as well as other parts around it with a rich heritage of Tulu rug weaving. We guarantee great quality antique Tulu rugs no matter your choice. Every Tulu rug has a history, a story that it carries in its threads. Tulu rugs are woven in the city of Karapinar, which lies east of Konya. It is home to a lot of mountains and plains. At least 100 years ago, the people of the village could not grow plants or tend livestock because of the conditions at the time. As a result, they started doing Tulu weaving (long–haired) and producing Tulu – rugs. Most of these rugs are 70–100 years old. They begin weaving these Tulus to keep themselves warm in the blistering cold up in the mountains. Commercial Tulu rug weaving only started recently to help them make a living for themselves.

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Some Tulu rugs show regional geography and terrain, hence, the flowery and vinery centerpieces and designs. Some Tulu rugs exist with oatmeal fields (centers) and more solid edges. This depicts the plains of the Karapinar and the mountains depict the solid edges that give some balance to the city of Karapinar.

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Owning one of these Antiques mean owning a beautiful, soft and luscious piece of history. It’s worth it.

Yellow Rose: Custom Felt Rug

Finding inspiration in the most unexpected places and spaces is part of what makes great design so accessible. This gorgeous bedroom designed by Marshall Watson for the Hamptons Holiday House, mixes a few traditional pieces, bold pops of color, and eclectic touches while managing to stay super sophisticated. The custom felt Rose Doris Leslie Blau rug is beyond fabulous! The texture and dimension from the rug balance out the warm yellow walls and compliment the floral pattern throughout the room without taking over.

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So in honor of this fabulous yellow room and flirty floral accents, we thought it would be fun to pull a few pieces together to inspire you. Mixing traditional pieces with modern, colorful and eclectic pieces can help your create a space that feels collected and comfortable. Here are a few of our favorite yellow rose inspired furniture and accessories.

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1. Baubles Art Print

2. Carved Anenome Vase

3. Lavible Dot Pillow

4. Geo Tangerine Pillow

5. Citrine & Blue Ikat Pillow

6. Yuma Disc Vases

7. Peacock Lacquered Wood Tray

8. Yellow Submarine Lamp Finial

And if the monochromatic yellow color scheme isn’t bold enough for you, here are a few fun pieces that can compliment while still staying flirty with florals.

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1. Jardin Panel

2. Cordova Lamp

3. London Chair

4. Ginger Jars

5. Decorative Boxes

6. End Table

7. Fortune Garden Stool

8. Ojai Pillow

9. Ikat Pillow

Mongolian Rugs

The country that is now known as Mongolia became an independent republic in Central Asia when it declared its independence from the Chinese Qing Dynasty in 1911. Its people have historically, always been nomadic in nature and the need for portable floor coverings is a long established one in that type of society.

The country, which takes its name from the nomadic empire from which it originates, has a long and proud tradition of producing handmade carpets and rugs of an extremely high quality. The Mongol people have been active traders for centuries and examples of their rug craft often found their way into the hands of merchants all over Europe and elsewhere in Asia.

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With such illustrious forefathers as Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai Khan, the country has a tradition of excellence that has been curtailed only by its affiliation with the former Soviet Union for most of the 20th century until finally breaking free peacefully in 1992 when it began its transition into a free market economy.

Historically, the rugs and carpets emanating from the area now known as Mongolia are nomadic in nature. This is because the Mongols have always been a people on the move. The purpose of the very fine rugs and carpets that they made was more than just a floor covering. These fine articles traveled with their owners and frequently adorned the walls and doorways of the traditional Mongol tent-like dwelling known now as a “Ger” (but previously called a Yurt). These articles were prized possessions and were both functional and decorative in nature.

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Nowadays, as the republic of Mongolia makes its way forward as a modern, peaceful, trading country we hope to see many more of these beautiful articles coming onto the market and we will strive to continue to bring fine examples to you whenever we can source them.

Although there are patterns and styles that are repeated, every piece is uniquely hand woven and therefore no two rugs are ever completely alike. This makes ownership of such a treasure even more special and we are pleased to be able to bring this opportunity to our customers.

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In fact, more and more very fine examples of skilfully hand-woven Mongolian rugs are now becoming ever more readily available and we are proud to be able to offer you our current hand-picked stock examples. We are always sourcing more and adding to our collection and you are advised to check our stock often in order to avoid the possibility of missing a unique opportunity to own one of these rare and unusual examples of nomadic floor art.

Turkish Hereke Rugs

The Middle East is historically known as a source of beautiful, elegant rugs, and Turkey is one of the most well-renowned sources of those rugs. Of particular interest are the Hereke rugs made in the small coastal town of Hereke, Turkey. Antique Hereke rugs are truly beautiful pieces of art, and it’s truly mind-boggling to think that so many beautiful pieces came from a single town.
HerekeLike many antique rugs, Hereke rugs feature subtle, muted colors that span the spectrum. They also feature intricate designs from edge to edge. Hereke rugs can range from small 6’x4’ rugs that will cover a small piece of a room to massive, room-spanning 22’x14’ carpets. Each one will serve as a unique piece of art with its own distinct flair.

BB4569 Hereke 12.9 x 11.6Originally intended to furnish palaces, Hereke rugs were made throughout the 1800’s. To fit their palatial purposes, Hereke rugs are not only made of cotton, wool, or silk, but many also feature threads of gold or silver. These threads help antique Hereke rugs stand out visually, and vastly increase their value among collectors.

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While some Hereke rugs are still produced today, the most beautiful and valuable of them are the antiques. There is no need to worry about any degradation of quality over time, however. Even in the 1800’s, Hereke rugs were precisely made with double knots, and their patterns are still clearly visible and their colors have not faded. Collectors that can get their hands on an antique Hereke rug should absolutely take the chance to display such a classic piece of art.
To view our collection of Hereke rugs:

Rugs: Be Bold. Think Simple.

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Henry David Thoreau once stated, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” And, the great Albert Einstein told us that, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

These great creative minds of the past all seemed to agree on a common theme here, saying that sometimes, the greatest, most courageous and creative step you can take, is a simple one.

In the world of design, I think that some may overlook this historically prized train of thought, far too often. Even more specifically in the realm of interior design, many may too often find themselves adding more, creating oomph, cultivating detail after detail after detail.

However, sometimes a designer can boldly decide that less is more. And… I personally couldn’t agree more.

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Sometimes the slight brilliant details of an interior design can be overlooked if major elements, beautiful works of art, are battling for our visual attention. But, as pictured above, there is something delightful and refreshing when we are able to feast our eyes on one or two pops of color, one or two varying textures, one gorgeous print or pattern. This is a sign of great balance. Simple elegance. Design genius.

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In the photo above, our eyes are drawn to the gorgeous texture and pattern of the textiles, the luxurious weave of the rug, the tiny pops of color serve as the cherries on top. Again, a sign of great balance, and a beautiful homage to simplicity.

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It is no surprise that here at Doris Leslie Blau, we also value the beauty in simplicity. The boldness in valuing this “less is more” concept. We are able to meet the needs of any designer, as we have beautiful designer rugs that can serve as the pop of texture or color interest in an otherwise elegant room, and we also have luxurious rugs that ooze beautiful simplicity.

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We offer designs such as the White Silk Shaggy and the Banana Silk rugs (pictured above), both of which would be a perfect and simple accents for any luxurious interior design. As simple as they are, they have life to them!

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If a simple pop of color or texture is what you are looking for, the Solid Silk or the Solid Tibetan (pictured above) would be a most beautiful addition to your design.

Overall, Doris Leslie Blau has an endless supply of newvintageantique and custom rugs that can fit any rug design need that you may have, whether you tend to swing towards the less or more side of “Less is more.”

GET THE LOOK: Eskayel’s Madagascar Rug

GTL 1I love this library from the 41st Annual Cathedral Antique Show in 2012. It was designed by  Lindsey Coral Harper from Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors . Her jumping-off point for the room was the Eskayel Madagascar rug from Doris Leslie Blau!  The Madagascar rug is made from Banana Silk! So if a silk rug is out of your price point, a rug made from Banana Silk will give you that gorgeous silk sheen without breaking the bank.  The banana leaf fibers are mixed synthetic fibers that help to accentuate the detail of the design. You can see more pieces made from Banana Silk HERE.

GTL 2Now on to this gorgeous library…Lindsey was going for a rich, jewel-toned room, glossy from floor to ceiling. And how about that gorgeous deep plum pink paint color that she pulled from the carpet?  The color is Mulberry by Benjamin Moore and since the rug had other rich colors and a lot of platinum, she used black and white to balance it.  Of course this gorgeous room was perfect for our GET THE LOOK series and with a rug as gorgeous as this, we had to pull it all together!

1. Zanadoo Antique Brass Chandelier
2. Pheasant Eye Curtain
3. Wall Art – Succulent
4. Wall Art – Aloe Root
5. Gourd Table Lamp – Mercury
6. Baroque Box
7. Alessandria Bowl
8. Violet Dresser – Figue
9. Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar Pillow
10. Double Snake Linen Pillow
11. Benjamin Sand Leather Chair
12. Madagascar Eskayel Rug
13. Emmy Brass Tray
14. Bombay Hurricanes
15. Jujubee Pink Pillow
16. Turkish Delight Blue Grey Pillow
17. Kaori Purple Pillow


In the world of the creative, it is not too uncommon to find that popular trends can start in one field of design, such as fashion, and transfer beautifully into other fields of design, such as interiors. Both of these fields of design are made up of many individuals who are passionate about expressing their personal creativity.
So, when I started noticing that the ever so popular aztec print design was popping up, not only in my fashion magazines, but also right here on the pages of Doris Leslie Blau, I just had to take some time to dive into this beautiful print phenomenon.
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As I stated before, I first started noticing the Aztec print fad in the realms of fashion. The bright colors, strong shapes, and unique patterns seem to work perfectly as tiny pops of interest through accessories (handbags, belts, vests, etc…) or as a major statement piece (as shown above).
I then started to notice other design fields catching on to the Aztec craze. Among those fields was technology accessories. Here is a great example of some of the amazing Aztec options available to you!
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And finally, not to my surprise, Doris Leslie Blau has a beautiful selection of Aztec and Aztec inspired designs.
With colors as rich as the Aztec mythological and religious history, the  Bunny Williams collection for DLB does an outstanding job at encompassing all of the power and pop of the Aztec patterns and design, while also seamlessly streamlining all of that beauty into a modern statement piece for any interior.
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Though a popular trend for today, Aztec textile designs have been created and valued as far back as the 14th century. In the same light, many of the Doris Leslie Blau rug collections showcase ikat weaving styles (an ancient technique involving the preparation of threads through a process of tying, binding, and dyeing), also reaching back centuries and centuries. The combination of this history & culture in both design and creation make the Bunny Williams Aztec design  for Doris Leslie Blau a piece of artwork, suited for the finest of homes and/or businesses.
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 By: Maddie Richardson of Thriftary