Douglas Stock Gallery

Helen and I own two distinct galleries, both specializing in Oriental rugs but each with quite a different emphasis.

We have decided to close our other gallery, called Quadrifoglio Gallery around November 15 and will merge the two businesses, with Douglas Stock Gallery continuing as our one gallery going forward.

Please, read the Sale announcement for Quadrifoglio Gallery which is listed below the rug categories on this website:

To view the Douglas Stock Gallery inventory, please scroll down this page and use the rug category menu

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Antique northwest Persian Bakshaish rug from the Heriz area

The Closing Sale for our other business, Quadrifoglio Gallery, will offer discounts of 20 % – 50 % and will end on November 15, at which point we will close the Quadrifoglio Gallery website, merge select items into Douglas Stock Gallery and move other rugs that have not sold in the trade.

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For questions about antique rugs, please call Douglas or Helen Stock at: (781) 205-9817

Nationally regarded as specialists in antique Oriental rugs, Helen and Douglas Stock work with individual clients, architects and interior designers in the Boston area, New England, New York and across the United States from Washington, DC and Florida to California. We offer shipping to all 50 states.

The Stocks are 30 year members of the New York City based Art & Antique Dealers League of America, a consortium of 86 of the leading antiques dealers in the United States; and of the international antiques organization CINOA. Helen and Douglas have spoken at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. on three occasions and written numerous articles on antique carpets for magazines and trade publications. Douglas serves as chairman of the Antique Carpets Vetting Committee for The Winter Antiques Show in New York City. The Stocks are also members of the ADA.

We offer search services for specific types or sizes of antique rugs not in current inventory and work closely with individual clients, architects and interior designers to find outstanding choices for residences and corporate settings.

And while it is a very small part of our business, we have a long-standing interest in 17th and 18th century English and Dutch Delft pottery and occasionally have a good piece for sale. We are particularly interested in antique English Delft from the city of Bristol, especially 18th century Bristol Delft chargers. If you are interested in antique Delft pottery, please let us know your collecting interests.

Douglas Stock Gallery

15 miles west of Boston and 5 minutes from Wellesley center

21 Eliot Street (Route 16) South Natick, Massachusetts 01760

With questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Helen or Douglas Stock at:

(781) 205-9817

Antique Karaja rug and Bakshaish carpet at Douglas Stock Gallery, Boston, MA area antique Oriental rug and carpet specialist dealer with a national reputation
Douglas Stock Gallery, Antique Oriental Rugs, South Natick (Boston area), Massachusetts

Douglas Stock Gallery offers a wide range of antique Oriental rugs, though we specialize in a few types in particular. Here is some background information on rug types you will frequently find at Douglas Stock Gallery.

BIDJAR RUGS: Known as “The Iron Rug of Persia”, Bidjar rugs were woven in northwest Persia’s Kurdistan Province. The construction of Bidjar rugs is what makes them so durable. In the weaving process, a metal comb and hammer are used to pack down the rows of knots and multiple weft threads (horizontal foundation threads) are used. This results in a “double knot” or “depressed knot”, where one half of the knot appears almost directly over the other half. This, coupled with generally very high grade wool, results in a heavy weight textile that is dense and durable. In antique Bidjar rugs, natural dyes were generally used into the 1920s. In our selection of contemporary hand woven Bidjar rugs, both natural dyes and hand spun wool are used, similar to the traditional process used in the production of Bidjar rugs in the 19th century.

Bidjar weavers used a wide range of designs, including the Harshang design of various palmettes; the Split Arabesque design, with Arabesque and strap work designs; the Mina Hani design of flowerheads and lattice work; the classical Herati design featuring a flowerhead within diamond, with leaves or fish surrounding the diamond; various versions of “open field” formats, often with a central medallion and large “anchor” pendants; the Afshan design of flowerheads and leaves; and other formats.

HERIZ RUGS: Antique Heriz rugs were woven in northwest Persia’s Azerbaijan Province. They are renowned for their splendid colors and geometric designs. Many people are drawn to geometric, “tribal”-like designs. But nomadic weavers rarely had the ability to produce room size carpets. Although Heriz is a village, and the weavers are sedentary and not part of a particular tribal group, carpets produced here are an anomaly within the general Persian carpet range, in that room size carpets tend to reflect rectilinear articulation of motifs and often a lot of open space between motifs, giving the carpet an appearance along the lines of what a large version of a tribal rug might look like.

Heriz weavers utilizied natural dyes up into the 1920s and sometimes even 1930s; and our hand woven, contemporary Heriz rugs again use natural dyes and hand spun wool.

Heriz rugs and carpets tend to be quite durable. They generally feature a coarse to medium fine weave and high wool quality.

19th century Heriz carpets are often colloquially referred to as “Serapi” carpets. The best examples can be quite expensive and are among the most prized carpets for both traditional and modern interiors, given their geometric designs and magnificent colors.