Antique RugsMany artists have changed the way we looking at the world of art over the years. The same can be said about antique and vintage rugs with one significant difference: Price. Since rugs have the same artistic value and impact as fine art, why do they cost a minute fracture of the price of a painting!
The Los Angeles County Museum is home to one of the most prestigious collections of textiles and carpets in the nation. The most famous skill in their excellent collection is the famous Ardabil Carpet created during the 16th century. These antique French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs recently released from the museum’s fine collections are placed in outstanding examples of the lavish floral designs that ruled the European aesthetic between the 1600s and 1800s. The prestigious workshops in Aubusson and at the Savonnerie excelled at creating fine textiles, tapestries and carpets fit for royalty. The wide collection also caters to designers and dealers as well as collectors and clients from across the globe and contains one of the most coveted selections of antique and decorative pieces available in the world today. England has always been a nation that appreciates fine rugs and carpets and has left its impression in the antique rug world with great antique carpets. Today, the top interior designers in the UK represent the newest incarnation of England’s love for beautiful antique rugs, carpets, and textiles. Among the elite interior designers in England today is the Douglas Mackie Design firm, whom Nazmiyal is proud to have provided antique carpets to for their recent project. By working with the best designers in London, we hope to streamline the acquisitions process for valued customers overseas while increasing customer access and improving the buying experience. “In today’s global economy, it is just as easy to sell an antique rug overseas as it is here in New York City. It’s truly amazing to me the kind of international response we have received especially over the past few years and it’s truly a pleasure to be able to supply great international designers like Douglas,” says Jason Nazmiyal, owner of the Nazmiyal Collection. By definition, antique oriental rugs are more than 80s years old while vintage rugs refers to the decorative oriental and modernist rugs that were made during mid-century (20th century) – such as the mid-century modern Scandinavian rugs and Moroccan rugs. However, many other features set these pieces apart from their newly created counterparts. On the surface, new oriental rugs may resemble their “cousins”, the - antique oriental rugs, but the similarities stop there. The quality and construction of antique oriental rugs and carpets are two of the great differentiators between those created then and now. These differences affect the overall look and feel on a broad level through small and large changes in the dyeing, spinning and weaving process. The difference between new and antique oriental rugs goes down to the fiber used to produce these masterpieces from the past. Usage of millennia-old processes, world created iconic antique oriental rugs that would take the test of time and add to their international legacy. With natural dyes, ancient techniques and countless hours of tedious work, these weavers creating long-lasting works of art that acquire a gentle touch and luster with age that contributes to their characteristic charm. With the advent of modern technology and chemical dyes, patterns were watered-down for mass-production and regional traditions that were millennia in development were changed forever in little more than a century. In general, antique oriental rugs, the antique Persian Rugs include hundreds of patterns and cultural symbols that are mixed with construction techniques accentuate the unique regional sentiments with qualities. In spite of modern advancement and high-tech manufacturing processes, the form of antique oriental rugs and oriental carpets produced by master weavers in the city, artisan craftspeople in independent villages and tribal individuals is incomparable. Antique oriental carpets and antique oriental rugs were created using bygone methods and traditions that held a strong significance to the people who wove them. Many of these antique oriental rugs and oriental carpets are filled with symbolic figures and themes that have been used within a culture for thousands of years.
The symbols such as water, animals, birds, people and amulets were essential to protect their family and resources to a semi-nomadic tribal group, universal and region-specific chapter. Often created for specific purposes, antique oriental rugs and carpets from Persia, Turkey, India, Europe, the Caucasus, China and Tibet and so many other regions were produced by craftspeople that put their heart and soul into every step of the process. The weaving of oriental rugs and carpets has evolved from a cultural craft into a livelihood and an art form that captures many diverse traditions over the centuries. The craftspeople and master weavers who created these antiquities used exacting precision to executive intricate patterns that today’s high-technology advances are unable to replicate. As the labor-intensive processes were traded, the quality of the wool, fiber and dyes has changed drastically over the centuries in for time-saving alternatives. Natural dyes and pigments extracted from plants, minerals, insects and other substances contribute to the soft lustrous patina that allows creating new dimensions.
Hand-spun wool generated from local wool strengthened with an ultimate combination of minerals and metals increases dye absorption and adds to the lustrous qualities and subtleties of regional oriental rugs such as those found in the antique Persian rugs. Specialized skills are employed in this technique such as spinning, dyeing and weaving. In some cases, dyers made a living by supplying high-quality dyes to local weavers and craftspeople. Many of these natural dyes required sophisticated processes to extract and set the dyes while others, such as the golden-yellow dyes created from the stigma of the saffron flower, were created from some of the most valuable trade commodities at the time. Due to the limited number and increasing rarity, antique carpets and rugs make solid investment Rugs.
The best and rarest antique Persian rugs and Antique oriental rugs have maintained their outstanding value over the years where the value of a newer piece devaluates speedily. Although antique rugs make excellent investments, they can often be acquired without a significant increase in cost compared to the newly manufactured oriental rugs in today’s global markets. The world of antique oriental rugs and Persian carpets presents endless possibilities; one region alone with antique Persian rugs can produce an exceptional variety of patterns in many of classic colors. The aesthetic appeal of antique rugs is only one of their tempting charms. One of the universal factors that attract collectors around the world is the artistry and rich history of each pattern and thought process embodies the romantic notions of an earlier time.