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 WELCOME TO OLD ORIENTAL CARPET.

I am Lloyd Rowcroft. I specialise in hand woven rugs, kilims, artifacts, antiques and ceramics from Central Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa.   My  adopted home since 1994 is southern Spain  and I have many collectors, enthusiasts and institutions among  650 or so customers who are spread through 37 countries.

Morocco is only a 35 minute ferry ride away and this enables me to make frequent visits to find the older and more interesting rugs, antiques and textiles.

I also appraise, value and restore most types of hand woven rugs.

If you have any questions or need advice please contact my partner -

Ali Summers, Tel. and Whatsapp (34) 722 511 057.  email,  m.asuummers@outlook.com.  website, www.alisregalosestepona.etsy.com.  facebook, Alis Regalos Gaucin.

Or myself, Tel. (34)  617 861 520.  email, ldrowcroft@gmail.com. website, www.oldorientalcarpet.com.  facebook, Moroccan Carpets.

 

 

OUR GALLERY IN ESTEPONA. So far this year (2020) we have only been able to open the gallery for customers around 35% of the time. The justified and absolutely necessary restrictions, both at national and regional level, concerning business closures, travel restrictions, limited services, obligatory face masks and limitations in terms of numbers of people who can gather and the space between them, meant that we cannot give the customers the service they expect and they, in turn, cannot make enjoyable personal visits to the gallery. The major problem is that the prevailing uncertainty makes future planning by both parties impossible. We have decided to close the gallery temporarily until a more normal situation exists. THIS IS A TEMPORARY SITUATION AND WE WILL BE RE-OPENING THE GALLERY. In the meantime we are fortunate to have our own small warehouse and a a rug restoration studio from where we work. All the stock of carpets, rugs, textiles, cushions, antiques and decorative items which are on our websites are now in our temporary premises. You are most welcome to visit. Our national and world-wide shipping is fully operational. Thank you. Please keep safe.

HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG from the eastern High Atlas. Best quality local undyed wool has a silky, lustrous sheen. See "Medim Rugs, page 1."

RARE PAIR OF ANTIQUE BALOUCH BAG FACES from the Balouch of Khorrasan in north east Persia. See "Tribal Bags, page 1" for details.

WE BUY MOST OF OUR MOROCCAN RUGS DIRECTLY FROM THE BAZAARS AND RURAL AREAS ON FREQUENT BUYING TRIPS. WE BOUGHT THIS FINE BENI OURAIN CARPET WHICH IS NOW ON OUR WEBSITE UNDER "LARGE CARPETS Page 1".

MANY OF OUR BASKETS, CERAMIC POTS, PANS AND DECORATIVE ITEMS ARE FOUND AT SOURCE IN THE STREET MARKETS IN MOROCCO.

PART OF OUR CUSHION CORNER -- THESE ARE COLOURFUL SILK ONES FROM UZBEKISTAN. Others are from Turkey, Afghanistan, Morocco and the Balkans.

SIMPLE AND SERENE. A mixture of country style furniture made from natural, undyed, materials.

THE OPPOSITE OF SIMPLE AND SERENE -- RIOTOUS COLOURS EVERYWHERE.

WE RESTORE HAND WOVEN RUGS -- But only if the restoration is justifiable. All examination, identification, appraisal and advice is free.

A SIMPLE UNDYED BENI OURAIN RUG FROM BERBERS IN THE MIDDLE ATLAS OF MOROCCO BRINGS ALL THE UNDERSTATED PIECES IN THIS ROOM TOGETHER.

DO NOT LET THE SIGN STOP YOU - LOOK THROUGH OUR WEBSITES AND FIND FASCINATING UNIQUE PIECES FOR YOUR STYLISH HOME.

HERE IS A PANEL OF 221 INDIVIDUAL UNDERGLAZED CERAMIC TILES FROM THE SAME STUDIO OF AZIM CINI IN KUTAHYA, ALSO CIRCA 1950, WHICH WE HAVE. IT MEASURES 480 X 160 CMS., OR 15FT. 9INS. X 5FT. 3INS. AND IS PART OF OUR COLLECTION OF OLD CERAMIC WORK. PLEASE SEE "ANTIQUE ITEMS PAGE 1" FOR DETAILS.

THIS IS THE INSIDE OF THE MAIN MOSQUE IN THE AMERICAN CAPITAL, WASHINGTON, DC. THE CERAMIC TILE PANEL WAS MADE OF HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL CERAMIC TILES AT THE FABRIKA IN THE WESTERN TURKISH TOWN OF KUTAHYA BY THE MASTER CERAMACIST, AZIM CINI, CIRCA 1950.

ONE OF OUR HAND MADE TILED TABLES FROM MOROCCO graces this terrace in a small village house in the Sierras.

A HAND MADE TILED WATER FOUNTAIN COOLS THIS LOCAL COURTYARD. We have a large range of tables, fountains and other outdoor decorative items.

DOUBLE SIDED MOROCCAN BERBER CARPET of very rare extra large size and originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad in the Middle Atlas. Size 410 x 300 cms., or 13ft. 6ins. x 10ft. See "Large Carpets, page 2" for details.