Douglas Stock Gallery

One of America’s most selective dealers in antique Oriental rugs, Douglas Stock Gallery is located in historic South Natick, Massachusetts, 15 miles west of Boston and 5 minutes from Wellesley center. We also offer a small group of contemporary, hand woven Oriental rugs featuring natural dyes and hand spun wool in scatter rug, room size carpet and runner sizes.

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Antique northwest Persian Bakshaish rug from the Heriz area
Reserve Collection
New, hand woven Turkish carpet with a classical Persian Arabesque design on a green field - Douglas Stock Gallery
New Oriental Rugs

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 (shop located near the historic South Natick / Wellesley line); in Connecticut, Rhode Island and throughout New England; and New York and across the United States from Washington, DC and Florida to California. We offer shipping of our antique and contemporary Oriental rugs 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.

Douglas Stock Gallery offers a range of antique Oriental rugs, including 19th and early 20th century village and city Persian rugs and carpets focusing primarily on Bidjar, Heriz, Serapi, Bakshaish, Fereghan, Sarouk, Mohtasham Kashan, Sultanabad, and Tabriz weavings. We also offer various antique Persian tribal rugs including antique Kurdish and Shah Savan rugs and bags from northwest Persia; and South Persian tribal rugs and bags by the QashQ’ai, Bakhtiyari, Afshar and Luri tribes. Douglas Stock Gallery also offers antique Caucasian rugs including Shirvan, Kuba and Kazak rugs.

Our Reserve Collection features our most important small antique rugs, room size carpets, runners and collectable bags, mats and Yastiks (cushion covers).

Our Oriental Rugs For New Collectors page offers a selection of more moderately priced antique Oriental rugs and new natural dye Oriental rugs.

In addition to antique Oriental rugs, we offer a small, exceptional quality selection of new, hand woven Oriental rugs from three of the best contemporary Oriental rug productions in the world that feature natural dyes and hand spun wool in classic designs.

Douglas Stock Gallery works with antique Oriental rug clients from Boston, MA area towns including Beacon Hill and the Back Bay in Boston itself, plus Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Weston, Belmont, Lexington, Dover, Sherborn and Concord. We also work with clients from the Boston North Shore including Marblehead, Wenham and Manchester; and Boston South Shore towns including Hingham, Duxbury, and Chatham and Osterville on Cape Cod.

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.