Beautiful Collection of Vintage French Leleu Rugs and Carpets

Leleu Rugs – Jules Leleu (1883–1961) is a grandfather to the art deco design movement. Along with Ivan Da Silva Bruhns, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and his daughter Paule Leleu, Jules Leleu helped make art deco one of the most fashionable trends as well as one of the earliest art movements focusing on modernism and minimalism. Jules Leleu is known primarily as a sculptor and great designer; however, he also founded an influential design firm that would shape a new style.

Leleu trained at the Academe des Beaux Arts in his hometown of Boulogne-sur-Mer, but his career began when he inherited his father’s painting business at age 26. Together with his brother, Jules Leleu opened one of the most fashionable furniture studios in Paris, dedicated entirely to a new type of decor. The designer’s success was solidified at the prestigious International Exposition of Decorative Arts in 1925 where his firm’s stylish interior took the top prize.

As chief rug designer for the firm, Ivan Da Silva Bruhns was instrumental in making Leleu’s carpets an essential part of modern decor. By 1936, Paule Leleu (1906–1987) took over the position. Building on Bruhns’ success, Paule produced a number of award-winning designs in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s that were knotted by hand domestically. As a product of the early 20th century art movement and her father’s strong design sense, Paule extracted the essence of art deco and continued her father’s design legacy.

Just as art deco furnishings from the Leleu firm have exceptional geometry and sleek lines, Paule Leleu’s art deco carpets distill shapes and linear motifs to their simplest and most powerful form. Jules Leleu and his creative family represent the height of art deco style as well as the beginning of minimalism and a new era of 20th century design.

View our current selection of rugs and carpets by Leleu below:

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