There have never been so many beautiful antique needlepoint rugs on the market as now. It seems that New York’s prestigious antique dealers have gathered the most attractive needlepoint rugs from all over the world. Given the dismal European economy, New York is pulling in the top antique rugs from all over the world.
Here are my top six picks from New York’s most prestigious antique dealers. As a testament to changing times one of these dealers, Doris Leslie Blau, has taken the unprecedented step of publishing prices of antique rugs. Things seem to be changing even in the rarefied world of antique European rugs.
A circa 1880 needlepoint carpet with a sand ground with flowering vines framing a central medallion containing a floral bouquet all within a narrow gold border with leaves. Size 14’10″x 11′. Price $95,000 at Doris Leslie Blau.
A circa 1860 French Needlepoint rug. Size 6′ 7″ x 9′ 4″ at Beauvais Carpets.
Circa 1850 French Needlepoint Carpet, Size 15’5″ × 12’0″ at F.J. Hakimian.
Late 19th century French Needlepoint rug. Size 16′ 5″ x 20′ at Fred Moheban.
A circa 1875 French “Gothik” Needlepoint rug. Size 16′ 9″ x 19′ 4″ at Beauvais Carpet.
A late 19th century antique French needlepoint carpet, size 16’7″x11’8″ Price $80,000 at Doris Leslie Blau.
In the months and years to come I expect more interior designers wiil make imaginative use of antique needlepoint rugs and period Aubusson rugs in contemporary settings, just as White House designer Michael S. Smith did in the above living room in his newly updated New York penthouse recently featured on the cover of Architectural Digest.
See the rest of Michael Smith’s newly renovated New York penthouse in this blog post: