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Protect Your Antique Rugs from Fading with These Tips

Protect Your Antique Carpets from the Effects of Sunlight

Posted: June 26, 2015 12:15 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

What You Should Know About Light and Antique Carpets It's a ritual at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. On the hour and half-hour, the Ardabil carpet is lit for a brief 10 minutes, so visitors to the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art can behold its splendor. The enclosed display case and lighting system in Room 42 were specially crafted to showcase the world-famous 16th century Safavid carpet and to preserve its exquisite colors. While few collectors display priceless artifacts on the floor, most do value their antique carpets and want to protect the rich colors and stru...


Art Deco Carpet by Josef Hoffmann 48433

Nazmiyal Acquires Art Deco Carpet by Famed Designer Josef Hoffmann

Posted: June 18, 2015 09:56 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Josef Hoffmann Carpet at Nazmiyal --- Nazmiyal is pleased to announce the addition of a beautiful Art Deco carpet by Josef Hoffmann to its collection. Hoffmann was a respected European architect and designer during the early 20th century who contributed to a number of aesthetic movements that would shape European design for generations to come. Born in Moravia, Hoffmann studied at the Higher State Crafts School beginning in 1887, and went on to study at at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, graduating in 1895. Soon after, he became one of the founding members...


This remarkable Enigma K machine was used to transmit secret messages during World War II.  It is believed by some that the Allies' breaking of the Enigma code shortened the war by two years.

Cracking the Code: The Enigma Machine

Posted: June 15, 2015 15:59 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Allied forces led by the United States and the United Kingdom, declared victory over Germany and the Axis powers in what is known as the deadliest conflict in human history–World War II.  With an estimated 50 to 85 million lives lost over the course of the War, it is hard to believe that a small mechanical device had such a tremendous impact on world history. Known as the Enigma, this cryptography machine was devised by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius toward the end of World War I, and was initially used commercially until the German government and the Nazi regime realized the...


Women work on hooked rugs in 1929 | Nazmiyal

Hooked Rugs: An American Tradition

Posted: June 08, 2015 09:29 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Hooked Rugs -- American hooked rugs are as quintessentially American as jazz music is. Like the latter, it had a very humble beginning but grew to become a unique American tradition. Dismissed for its rustic and low quality until the early 20th century, handmade hooked rugs are now prized for their delightful folk art quality. Today, a thriving rug making industry had grown around it to meet the demands of a growing number of collectors. Rug hooking is a rug making technique that involves pulling loops or strips of fabric through a stiff woven base to make a rug...


Vintage Scandinavian Rug by Nazmiyal

Bauhaus and its Influence on Mid 20th Century Scandinavian Design

Posted: June 03, 2015 12:53 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Bauhaus and its Influence on Scandinavian Design -- What comes to your mind when you think ofScandinavian design? If you know anything about it, you would immediately think of furniture, carpets, appliances and home accessories with pure forms and simple, clean lines. Scandinavian design is known for its elegance, minimalism, respect for natural materials, and superb craftsmanship. The key to its global popularity is the fine combination of aesthetics and utility. Modern Scandinavian design has its roots in traditional crafts, but it owes much to the functionali...


Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

Posted: April 29, 2015 11:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board! This week’s Wednesday Wishlist rug is a beautiful antique Garden of Paradise Persian carpet, featuring a beautifully detailed flora and fauna design. Animals frolic amidst lush trees and flowers on a rich blue f...


Mid Century Modern Design: Space Age

Creating the Home of Tomorrow: The History of Mid-Century Modern Design

Posted: April 15, 2015 12:54 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Mid-Century Modern Design — When interior designers refer to “Mid Century Modern” design, they are referring to an aesthetic style based around the idea of streamlining everyday life using technology that was immensely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the United States and Europe. After World War II, the industrialized nations of the world believed that the future success of their governments were heavily dependent on their ability to implement and adapt to changing technologies, and began to place a high emphasis on engineering, mechanization, and computer science. The effects ...


Fine Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug 47483

Persian Art: Monir Farmanfarmaian Celebrates Her First Solo Exhibition in New York, at Guggenheim Museum

Posted: April 09, 2015 11:05 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

“I was a pretty Persian rug, an exotic find, so people invited me to things”  – Farmanfarmaian on her popularity in post-war American artists’ circles. Persian Art Exhibit at Guggenheim Museum – Persian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, now over 90 years old, is celebrating a milestone in her life and artistic career: Her work is on view at the Guggenheim Museum through June 3rd, marking her first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States. Persian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1924. She attended the Fine Arts College of Teh...


Vintage Moroccan Rug 48364 at Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan rugs offer a contemporary look with traditional cultural appeal

Posted: April 01, 2015 08:56 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

NEW YORK, NY.- This Spring, vintage Moroccan rugs have been experiencing a surge in popularity: From fashion houses like Lanvin and Tory Burch, who referenced traditional Moroccan weaving in their recent collections, to top interior designers like Markham Roberts and Tom Scheerer, who utilize the minimalist, contemporary look of Moroccan rugs in their clients homes, today's most stylish professionals are drawing inspiration from this traditional African craft.  It's easy to see why so many high-profile designers are drawn to these one-of-a-kind rugs: They range from sp...


15 Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs by Nazmiyal Collection

15 Tips For Decorating With Antique Rugs

Posted: March 26, 2015 07:52 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

How to Decorate with Antique Rugs Decorating with Antique Carpets – Adding an antique carpet to an interior space can drastically change the look of a room. While there are many different styles of antique rugs and vintage carpets to choose from, there are some tried-and-true rules to follow when it comes to choosing the size and placement of your rug. Below are Nazmiyal Collection’s tips for choosing the right rug for your space. 1. To determine what size rug to buy, measure your room’s width and length, and then subtract 2 to 3 feet from each dimension. Using a ru...


Lobby of Executive Park Towers, Stuyvesant Plaza -model of Hudson River steamboat PETER STUYVESANT.

Corporate Steamboat Models Today

Posted: March 21, 2015 14:29 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It's not surprising that a resurgence has occurred within office settings that overlook shorelines. Whether it be on the river...or the mighty Atlantic, executives are taking a second look at the maritime and utilizing ship models as a part of their interior decor/design. Steamboats have a unique appeal that is, and was the core of America's Industrial Age that came into its own as businesses flourished on coastal shores. Such vessels were the mainstream of 19th century modernized transportation. As ship models, they serve as appealing nautical icons to visitors, businessmen and wome...


Minimalist Chinese Rug Interior

10 Beautiful Interior design Images and the Antique Rugs to Recreate Them | Nazmiyal

Posted: March 19, 2015 10:16 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

1. Minimalist Chinese Rug Interior This gorgeous design balances an antique Chinese carpet with contemporary, minimalist design details that let the architecture of this room shine. To achieve this look, pair sophisticated neutral furniture and white walls with one of Nazmiyal’s beautiful antique Chinese carpets: (View Entire Article and Images on the Nazmiyal Design Blog...) 2. Kitchen with Tribal Runner Rug Warm up your kitchen space by swapping your sink mat for a colorful Tribal runner rug. Adding a carpet to your kitchen adds depth and interest to an ...


Buying Antique Rugs - Nazmiyal's New York Antique Rug Gallery

Surviving Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs

Posted: March 11, 2015 14:51 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click To View Our Comprehensive Antique Rug Buyers Guide What you Should Know If This Is Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs So you're looking for a rug for you home, but you're not sure what to do to get started. You took to Google and ran your searches. You went to Facebook and even joined some online groups. You spoke with people you trust. Despite all this, you are still a little wary. You love rugs - you appreciate their artistry, their history, their uniqueness, and you want to make sure you find the right piece at a fair price. So what’s next? First Antiq...


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Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs and Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click Here For More Information About Rug Cleaning in NYC A Guide to Care and Maintenance of Your Investment Quality Rugs Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs - Owning an antique rug, especially a fine antique one, is not only a pleasure, but a responsibility. Owners of antique carpets and Persian rugs should actually think of themselves as "the current owner", one in a series extending from the past and into the future. Antique rug care and maintenance is perhaps the most important and simplest aspect of owning a rug. Maintaining it is vital to pro...


To learn more smart tips for purchasing antique rugs and vintage carpets, visit the Nazmiyal Collection online.

Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs and Oriental Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:52 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Section 1: What Should I consider before I shop for an antique rug? I want to buy an antique rug but I am unsure on how to begin shopping for one. One of the most asked questions we receive is: "I want to buy an antique oriental rug but don't know where to start and what to look for". So with that in mind we have decided to tackle this question head on! First of all, one needs to understand that antique rugs and carpets are collectible items. They are sought after by collectors, dealers, interior designers and private clients. They are magnificent works of art...


Poodoocottah: Durbar Linnaeus Tripe, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art | Nazmiyal Design Blog

Historic Photographs of Nineteenth Century India at the Met Museum, 19th Century Indian Rugs at Nazmiyal

Posted: March 10, 2015 14:17 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

View Photographs from Nineteenth Century India and Browse Indian Rugs From the Same Period Nineteenth-Century Indian Photography and Indian Rugs – On view currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) of India during the mid 19th Century. This is the first major exhibition of Captain Tripe’s work in New York. As a member of the British Army, Tripe traveled with the East India Trading Company’s expeditions, creating a visual inventory of the art and people of the region of South India. His work gives ...


Michael Kors Collection & Vintage Moroccan Rugs

High Style: Antique Rug Selection Inspired by Fashion Week Runways

Posted: March 02, 2015 08:15 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

To View Full Article with Images, visit the Nazmiyal Design Blog. Antique Rugs Inspired by Fashion – At Nazmiyal, we believe that style extends to every aspect of life, from the way we design our homes, to the way we dress. Fashion Week in New York just ended, and we’re feeling so inspired by the beautiful styles worn by the models walking the runways. We couldn’t help but notice that many of the collections shown were reminiscent of styles of antique rugs and vintage carpets in the Nazmiyal inventory! We’ve highlighted a few below, in the hopes that you will also feel that...


French Art Deco Rug 48257 by Leleu at Nazmiyal Collection

The House of Leleu: A Legacy of French Rug Design at Nazmiyal Antique Rug Gallery in New York

Posted: February 18, 2015 07:45 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

NEW YORK, NY.- The interior design firm Leleu, named for the family who founded it, was one of the most prominent and well-respected design houses of the 20th century. From furniture design to textiles and beautiful rugs, Leleu was known for its chic and modern creations. This week, Jason Nazmiyal, owner of the Nazmiyal Antique Rug Collection in New York, is pleased to announce to the public the recent addition of three Leleu rugs to his vast collection. “This group of Leleu carpets, which we recently acquired from a private estate in Paris, embodies the ideals of Art Deco design. We’...


Figure 1.  Antique Persian Suzani Embroidery, Circa 17th Century

Iranian Textile History from the Nazmiyal Archives

Posted: February 09, 2015 15:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

The recorded history of the civilization of the area now known as Iran stretches back to the third millennium BCE, and their textile production goes back even farther. Situated between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, the region of modern day Iran has been a trading city and cultural epicenter for thousands of years. It has seen the rise and fall of many different dynasties and cultures, which have all left distinct marks on the artistic output of the area, giving Iran’s textiles a unique look and history that is impossible to replicate. In this blog...


French Revival Period with HAND painted Galleries

Preserving the Piano during the Holidays and Beyond

Posted: December 02, 2014 12:44 Last Updated: | Jim Vogelman - JMV Piano Classics

Holiday parties mean festive foods, gifts galore, and guests gathered 'round the piano singing carols. But whether tickling the ivories, or planning to give or receive a piano this season, it's still important to know how to maintain its appeal and the quality of its sound for years to come. Jim Vogelman, President of JMV Classics, a Florida-based piano design company that specializes in creating unique, custom art case pianos, offers helpful tips on piano maintenance: Maintaining one's piano may also help maintain one's well-being   Recent studies show that active par...


Woodsculpted cutaway showing action on both decks with the feature of 70 handcarved wood figurines.

Gun Deck Cutaways -A Decorative and Definitive Art Form

Posted: April 30, 2014 11:41 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It is not surprising that this subject matter has not been recognized in the arts. However, it is a subject that warrants appreciation for its unique form of symmetry and balance when being viewed as a concept. Fine art is anything that is beyond the ordinary; a work which holds unprecedented merit at its finest level -regardless of medium. Money, nor an expert's opinion, cannot control it. What's factual is fine art is defined as "a form"..."a sculpture"...and/or "decorative piece". I can be further said by notables as "a knowledge made efficient by skill" (Genung) or "the expression o...


This model of the Beetle Whaleboat is produced completely in wood.  The model overall length which include the steering oar is 14" inches.  The scale is 1:32, 3/8" = 1'.

BEETLE Whaleboat Model -A Collector's Choice

Posted: March 24, 2014 15:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

When travelling in and around New England, it would not be surprising to discover a small, yet interesting multi-oared boat model displayed somewhere in a home, office, or library setting. This small double-ended type vessel would also be found in likely places such as antique shops, online galleries, and at notable maritime galleries -serving as a decorative art accent, or part of a collection. And, of course, these are very much part of the museum settings around the world for its simplistic yet esthetic design. The whaleboat has been the subject of countless stories and maritime...


This Arburo Orchestrion revolutionized the automated music industry by utilizing stand-alone instruments in its ingenious mechanism.  Each was special ordered and made entirely by hand.

Melodious Mechanical Marvels: Antique Music Boxes

Posted: January 20, 2014 16:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato Music has the ability to uplift, convey strong emotions and bring people from all walks of life closer together. The desire for reproducing and sharing this powerful art form is as old as music itself. Long before MP3s and CDs made their impact on the world, craftsmen sought to make music not only portable, but also accessible to a broader audience. It wasn’t until the invention of the music box did that idea become a reality. The first historical record of a mechanical ...


Allen Brisson-Smith for The New York Times

Art Donations - More Orphans Now and in the Future

Posted: November 11, 2013 18:10 Last Updated: | John Buxton

This New York Times article points out a serious problem in the art world that has been created as a result of the new AAM (American Association of Museums) collecting guidelines. Collectors that started after 1970 that are now downsizing as they enter their 60s are finding that they have limited options for passing on their collections. The options are pretty clearly limited for most to giving them to the family or selling them. The wealthiest collectors are creating trusts or foundations to circumvent issues where museums could be compelled to return objects that had been donated and had...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET – Volume 155 - November 2013

Posted: November 09, 2013 11:58 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Banksy Hunt & Art Market Hype! (by: Alyssa)   “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside” – Paul Cezanne, a quote that has truly inspired one artist that has been sparking headlines consistently during the month of October.  British born artist, Banksy, has been making his mark on New York since the first of October; promising one graffiti work of art a day scattered throughout the City for his show, “Better Out Than In.”  After the completion of each work he posts a picture to Instagram, which sends his followers o...


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