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A glittering tablescape in M.S.  Rau Antiques' exhibition, Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain

Dining with the Victorians: An Aristocratic Indulgence

Posted: December 13, 2017 13:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques’ latest exhibition, Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain, delves into the aristocratic lifestyle of 19th-century England’s most elite families. While also exploring the history of tea, the centuries-old tradition of the hunting party, and the modern phenomenon of the Great Exhibition, the exhibition also boasts a remarkable dinner spread at the apex of the show. Set with gleaming mother of pearl and silver flatware, golden candelabra and exquisite porcelain, the tablescape offers a momentary glimpse into the long-standing traditions that surround the dinner table. ...


Frères Rochat crafted this rare, early Swiss singing bird box with the desirable fusée movement, housed in an elegant engraved silver and hand-enameled case.  Circa 1840.

The Tiniest of Treasures: Rare & Important Singing Bird Boxes

Posted: November 29, 2017 15:38 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

It’s often been said that the best gifts come in small packages. The maxim certainly rings true when delving into the world of antique singing bird boxes.  The Magic Within Masterpieces that literally fit in the palm of your hand, singing bird boxes combine the engineering genius of the watchmaker with the cultivated eye of the jeweler. At once, these miniature marvels appear to be snuffboxes – magnificent objets d’art delectably crafted of luxurious materials such as silver, gold, tortoiseshell or enamel – which is why they are often referred to as “tabatières à oiseau chanteur” (“s...


Napoleon before the Battle of Moscow by Joseph Franque.  Circa 1812

Iconography of Power: Napoléon and the Arts

Posted: December 15, 2016 15:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Brilliant general and legendary conqueror, Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the Western world’s most important leaders, as well as one of its greatest patrons of the arts. Few other leaders in world history have understood the power of the image as deeply as Napoléon, and following his meteoric rise to power, he sought to develop a new iconography that bolstered his image in the eyes of the world. Thus, a new age of decorative and fine arts was born that validated his reign, and from behind this new glittering façade, he attempted to conquer the world. The current exhibition at M.S. Rau Antiq...


One of only seven known to exist, this immense Farcot conical mystery clock was made for and purchased at the great London International Exhibition of 1862.

Made to Mesmerize: The Farcot Conical Mystery Clock

Posted: June 14, 2016 11:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The great International Exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries were the means by which the world’s latest artistic, industrial and technological innovations could take center stage. Attracting millions of visitors over the duration, it was these world’s fairs that allowed artisans from every discipline to showcase their absolute best to a global audience that included royalty and the social elite. For a craftsman, their exhibit was a watershed moment with the power to make or break their career. The 1862 International Exhibition had been a long time coming. The exhibition marked...


This incredible Pembroke table is one of the handful of pieces created by the legendary Thomas Chippendale that is still in private hands.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Paxton House Pembroke Table Crafted by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: April 05, 2016 15:48 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The mere mention of “Chippendale” invokes thoughts of sophistication and the absolute finest furniture ever made...and rightly so. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was legendary for his furniture designs that blended English, Chinese and Gothic motifs to create the distinctly elegant style that bears his name. In fact, the English cabinetmaker is the first to have an entire style named after him and not a monarch.   Born into a family of carpenters, little is known about his early career. What is certain is that Chippendale was primarily a designer. His influential treatise of design, Th...


Egyptian Revival Clock Garniture

Secrets of the Pyramids: Is Another Egyptian Revival on the Horizon?

Posted: January 26, 2016 08:43 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Coffins, mummies, pyramids and ancient tombs – words that seem more at home in a film script have been recently seen flooding headlines. Archeologists and Egyptologists seem on the brink of a major discovery that would rock both the academic world and popular culture. With stories about cosmic particles and secret chambers in the Great Pyramids to the burial site of one particularly famous ancient Egyptian, Queen Nefertiti, eyes are looking to Egypt for the next big revelation about this fascinating, though mysterious, ancient culture. In the art and antiques world, these revelations are...


Entitled "Vachère dans une Clairière," this painting showcases the legendary Camille Pissarro's mastery of color and light.

Pissarro's Legacy: Over a Century of Breathtaking Art

Posted: October 29, 2015 08:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Considered by many to be the father of Impressionism and one of the most respected artists of the 19th century, Camille Pissarro forever changed the course of art history.  With an artistic career that spanned over 50 years, the revolutionary patriarch influenced the likes of Monet, Cézanne, Cassatt and van Gogh with the founding ideals of portraying everyday life, always remaining true to the innate beauty of the natural world. Composed during one of the Impressionist master’s most significant periods, Vachère dans une Clairière is the culmination of everything the artist had tirelessly...


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...


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...


Oysterwood veneers, parquetry and bun feet distinguish this rare and exquisite William and Mary period chest.

Continental Inspirations: The Furniture of William and Mary

Posted: May 19, 2015 16:32 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

When the Dutch William III and his wife Mary II overthrew King James II in the 1688 Glorious Revolution, their victory signaled not only the end to the tensions that existed between the British Crown and Parliament, but also the beginning of a new era of decorative arts. William’s Protestant beliefs opened the door for Dutch, Flemish and French craftsmen to settle in England. These gifted artisans began to work with local cabinetmakers to incorporate their techniques and decorative forms to create a distinctive style of furniture known as William and Mary.   Though the reign of ...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


Brilliant color and delicacy inform this rare Venetian Murano glass chandelier

Murano: The Island of Glass

Posted: December 02, 2014 15:46 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Venetian glass captures the dance of light and color unlike any other. Its brilliant hues and dazzling, acrobatic designs mark Venetian glass pieces as some of the most delightful and extraordinary in the world. This ancient art blossomed on the tiny island of glassmakers, whose innovations and creativity would inspire the art of glassmaking throughout the world. With its origins in Byzantium and Syria, the history of glassmaking in Venice begins 900 years ago. Isolated in her lagoon, the tiny nation was insulated from the rest of Europe during the Dark Ages, and, rarely challenged, ...


This incredible Aubusson tapestry is modeled on the work Les constructeurs sur fond bleu by Fernand Léger

Woven Masterpieces: Aubusson Fine Art Tapestries

Posted: November 03, 2014 09:25 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

At the ateliers of Aubusson, tapestries are woven today in the same way they were hundreds of years ago. An art both ancient and modern, the tradition of Aubusson woven masterpieces experienced a modern revival in the early twentieth century. Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall – these are just some of the master artists of the 1930s who contributed their works to the ancient art. From the 13th century, tapestry making was a flourishing art in France. At a time when the upper echelon of society resided in large, expansive estates, tapestries were us...


Renaissance-period clocks, like this Turret (Table) timepiece is an example of the earliest mechanical clocks ever made that could go inside the home.

When Time Was Born: Renaissance-Period Clocks

Posted: June 13, 2014 08:22 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Mention the Renaissance, and most people envision the revival of Classical literature and art after the dark days of the Medieval, or Middle Ages. But did you know that some of the world’s most important conveniences were invented during this period of cultural rebirth? The printing press, the match, and even the flush toilet are just a few of those pivotal creations. One invention, however, not only filled a need in society, but also provided us with some of the most stunning mechanical works of art ever made…the clock. The clock is perhaps one of the most important inventions of the R...


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