Doris Leslie Blau Gallery to Launch Contemporary Samarkand Collection

New Collection Uses Recycled Wool to Re-imagine Antique Designs

New York, NY, March 06, 2010 --( Acknowledged for its extensive and impressive antique carpet collection, Custom Carpet Department and 20th century Decorative Arts Division, the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery is debuting an exotic new concept this Spring.

Continually setting itself apart in its exceptional offerings, the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery has created a new collection of decorative carpets inspired by antique Samarkand designs from the 1880s-1920s. Traditionally made with wool, silk and metal thread, these new creations have been woven with recycled wool from early Central Asian Kilims, on a new foundation.

The 15 designs are all extremely unique in their unusual colors, abrashing (highlighting irregularities throughout the pieces), and patterns. Many of the designs include themes from various cultures including China (lotus blossoms and cloud-bands); India (swastikas denoting infinity); and East Turkestan (pomegranate signifying prosperity and fertility). Typically, these rugs are produced in a long and narrow format, and the majority of the styles are oversized; larger than a traditional 12 x 9. Prices range from $5,500 for a runner to $50,000 for larger designs.

Woven at the crossroads of many civilizations, it is fitting that these rugs should employ such rich and varied symbolism. Samarkand is history’s definitive melting pot and its carpets are the ultimate expression of global multiculturalism.

“This new collection truly honors and unites the past with the present,” said Nader Bolour, owner of the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery. “These carpets have a sensual quality that appeals to the viewer, not only through the color and design, but in the distinctiveness of combining the old with the new. It is my passion to bridge cultures together, and I feel this is effectively and sophisticatedly done through these new creations.”

Today, Samarkand is the second largest city in Uzbekistan. Despite continuous political and economic upheaval, Samarkand continues to conjure up a mirage of romantic exoticism and has inspired many artists, with appearances in the stories such as “One Thousand and One Nights” to the journals of Marco Polo written in 1298.

About Doris Leslie Blau Gallery
The name Doris Leslie Blau is synonymous with the finest carpets in the world. Founded in 1965, Doris Blau became a legend in the world of design and architecture, thanks to an outstanding collection of antique Oriental and European rugs. In 1997, Mrs. Blau joined forces with Nader Bolour, who brought to the business a background of three generations in the carpet trade that began in Teheran. With his passion for quality and eye for the unusual, Nader Bolour continues to bring a bit of “soul” to each project and every room. For more information, visit
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