Daughter of the French sculptor and furniture designer Jules Leleu, Paule Leleu (1906-1987) became the chief rug designer at her father’s business when Ivan da Silva Bruhns left in 1936. Leleu designed more than 500 carpets in her career; her works often feature symmetrical arrangements and repeating geometric motifs.
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.