Lou Talebloo has collected antique rugs for 25 years to sell to customers at Talebloo Oriental Rugs & Antique Gallery (2015 Magazine St., 581-9700) and supplements the selection with new contemporary and reproduction designs to accommodate a range of budgets.
In addition to thousands of new and antique rugs, the 15,000-square-foot showroom in the former Happy Hour Theater is accented with English and French furniture, chandeliers and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries.
"The main part of our business is rugs," says Talebloo, whose inventory of rugs is the largest in the area and includes Persian designs as well as rugs from Turkey, China, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Tibet and Nepal. "When we buy rugs, we look for unusual ones, different designs and (those) made with vegetable dyes."
Even the new rugs, which are favored by those on more limited budgets, are handmade and present a good investment, Talebloo says. They start at about $600.
His personal passion, however, is antique rugs, and the second floor of his shop is filled with all sizes, including some that measure 35-by-50 feet. Because Talebloo's rugs are such a good investment, if a customer moves into a new house that no longer accommodates a rug purchased at his shop, they can trade it in for the amount they paid, providing it is in good shape, for a rug that goes better with their new residence. Talebloo also offers cleaning, restoration and appraisal services.
"The beauty of a rug is that not only can you use it on the floors, get the colors and enjoy it, but they appreciate in value," Talebloo says.
A Good Move
Pinky and Blue Boy (4535 Magazine St., 895-2574) will reopen Sept. 1 in a renovated space and with a new focus. Owner Clark Theriot says he will fill the new shop with vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s, restructured fashions and new clothes made from vintage fabrics and designs. The shop also will showcase the jewelry of local designer Natalie Nicole, and the walls will be decorated with art by Regina Scully and other emerging artists. Customers who shy from crowds can set up special private shopping appointments.
- Talebloo is known for its new and antique rugs, and also has French and English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries.