Hope you all don't mind, but I edited the title of the post to add the heirloom roses.
Here's some sites that you should find helpful. At this first site you can click on the left for the different varieties of roses and get an explanation about them as well as view them.
This site has similar info and they show you how to propagate roses on the first page. I think they were formerluy called Texas Rose Rustlers. They do not sell roses so it's a site for info only. Do click on 'Resources Guide' on the left for more info.
Lots of good info here on old garden roses.
Another site with info on the different classes of roses. You should probably start with clicking on 'Our Roses' in the upper left of the page.
Read the first page here. Then click on 'About Us' and also view 'Rose Culture'.
And if you do decide to order from any of the above sites, you can check their references here.
That should keep you reading for a bit.