Nader Bolour is the man behind the remarkable offerings in this sale. Bolour’s destiny was wrapped in the luxurious world of carpets. He grew up around them, his grandfather establishing Rahim Bolour & Son Carpets in Iran before the family relocated to London in 1979 where, as a boy, Bolour worked in his father’s warehouse sweeping and cleaning carpets. In 1998, just three years after establishing his presence in New York, Bolour acquired the venerable gallery Doris Leslie Blau.
The Doris Leslie Blau gallery was founded in 1965 by Doris Blau, who became a legend in the world of design for her outstanding collection of avant-garde and antique carpets from around the globe. Blau likened carpets to sculpture appreciating their tactile and sensual nature, inviting clients into a homey gallery where they could take their time in selecting the perfect carpet for their homes.
With a keen eye and wealth of knowledge, Bolour continues in the footsteps of his renowned predecessor, offering exceptional carpets as well as creating bespoke rugs that are certain to become the classics of tomorrow.
A Traditional Art, Reborn
Ingegerd Silow's Scandinavian Flatweave Carpets
Synthesizing elements of the early 20th century Swedish Grace Movement and influences from her travels abroad, Ingeborg Silow updated the traditional Scandinavian rölakan flatweave carpet for the modern era. Influenced by her predecessor Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Silow continued the legacy of creating woven works exemplary in both design and execution and further revived traditional weaving styles through her partnerships with commercial home furnishing companies. Such collaboration popularized this updated incarnation of Scandinavian minimalism by helping to make such designs broadly available to the public.