Vintage Rugs

History of Vintage Rugs

Vintage Rugs: Swedish Flat Weave Rug designed by Sofia WidenStylistically vintage rugs have the same appeal as vintage furniture. They are clearly defined by the 20th century and by the celebration of new ideas and values for a modern lifestyle. Fine art and quality craftsmanship are two of the main components of vintage rug design. Vintage rugs were typically made after 1920. Antique carpets are considered to be made before the 1920. The modern design movement first emerged in the 1920's. It has evolved through interpreting modern design through the mid-20th century. Modernism is a great reflection of the transition from the era of the Victorian salons into the era of cafe society.

Art Deco represented for a very long time has represented high fashion and luxury in France. The studios of Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Jules Leleu, Paul Follot and Maurice Dufrene are probably the best known for this type of interior decoration. Ivan Da Silva Bruhns and Paule Leleu, the daughter of Jules Leleu designed rugs for the house of Leleu while Suzanne Guiguichon was designing rugs for Maurice Dufrene. Other infamous vintage rug designers included Marion Dorn, Jules Coudyser, Rene Crevel and Vladimir Boberman. Bold colorful floral designs and graphic geometric patterns were equally popular during this time period.

Simultaneously the famous Bauhaus school was founded in Germany with the philosophy of combining fine art training and apprenticeships with craftsmen and theoretical instruction. The most widely known Bauhaus weavers included Johannes Iten, Gunta Stolz and Anni Albers. The Bauhaus school and movement is credited with having unsurpassed influence on art deco rugs and is clearly apparent in Scandinavian rug design.

Types of Vintage Rugs

Vintage Rugs: Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ulla ParkdahjScandinavian rugs and particularly vintage Swedish rugs have become known for intricate weaving techniques, exceptional color palettes and most importantly their compatibility with modern and also contemporary interiors. Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom is widely recognized as one of the most influential Designers and weavers of Swedish rugs establishing her own company in 1919. Barbro Nilsson became the director and chief designer of the company in 1942 after Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom’s death the year before. Other important designers of Swedish rugs in the mid 20th century include Ingrid Dessau, Marin Hemmingson, Sigvard Bernadotte, Brita Grahn, Edna Martin and Viola Grasten. All of whom were designing throughout the mid 20th century and even later in history. Vintage carpets have recently gained in popularity for interior designers due to their frequently minimalistic designs and muted color palettes.

Vintage Rugs: Vintage Swedish Flat Weave RugRug production in China during this period was absolutely influenced by the fine Art Deco rugs being produced in France. Chinese Deco rugs tend to be more floral than geometric. These beautiful rugs do appear to have an Asian influence particularly in the use of colors, occasionally bamboo vines, and leaves. They are also clearly modern in the scale of the design.

Also included in the vintage rugs category are Moroccan rugs. Moroccan rugs have a very unique and distinct look. They typically have tribal patterns and are graphic and geometric. Moroccan rug motifs influenced designers such as Ivan Da Silva Bruhn and Vladimir Boberman. American Interior Designer Francis Elkins used them in some of her most notable interiors in the 1930's and 1940's.

At the same time the modernist movement was growing rapidly in the United States and was widely accepted here most likely as a result of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Metropolitan Museum. These exhibitions presented the movement to the masses. Some of the most notable textile and rug designers working in the United States included Donald Desky, Stanislav V'Soske, Eliel Saarinen, Loja Saarinen (the mother of Eero Saarinen) and Ruth Reeves. After the close of the Bauhaus school many of the architects and designers associated with the school immigrated to The United States including Josef and Anni Albers.

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An Exceptional Collection of Vintage Carpets

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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave  Rug signed (BA) BB6232
Size: 8' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6232
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Vintage Swedish Rug BB6245
Size: 11'6'' × 7'9'' Circa: 1928
Vintage Swedish Rug, Circa: 1928. This Flatwoven Rug is a great example of perfectly executed geometric design with some fascinating details. Earthly tones of brown and beige are combined with sophisticated shades of turquoise and blue with a delicate touch of...
Item No: BB6245
$18,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6220
Size: 5'8'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
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Vintage Moroccan Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1950, a mid-20th century vintage Moroccan rug. This astonishing example of Moroccan vintage rug symbolizes the genuine culture of the North African Berber people. The pattern represents...
Item No: BB6220
$8,000
Vintage French Art Deco Rug BB6243
Size: 8'9'' × 7'10'' Circa: 1940
Vintage French Art Deco Rug. An early 20th century French Art Deco rug. Size: 8'9'' × 7'10'' Circa: 1940. This borderless beauty is a perfect match for any amateur of Art Deco. A daring pattern of sinuous crisscrossing lines brings out multiple irregular...
Item No: BB6243
$18,000
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug  BB6229
Size: 6'7'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa 1950. A rya is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 1 - 3 inches. The first of Ryas were produced in the early fifteenth century as very simple, long-piled, heavy covers used by mariners...
Item No: BB6229
$7,000
Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug BB6239
Size: 6'3'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1945
Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug, Circa: 1945, Origin: Sweden, mid-20th century vintage Swedish half pile rug. This extraordinary carpet is made using mixed techniques. It combines flat wave and pile rug together. Flat parts of the weave, forming the background, are...
Item No: BB6239
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6246
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson, Circa: 1950 Spick and span masterpiece made for those who fell in love with Scandinavian style. This borderless rug combines together best features of a mid-20th century modern design. And that’s because of top...
Item No: BB6246
$25,000
Vintage Deco Chinese Rug BB6221
Size: 16'10'' × 15'8'' Circa: 1940
Vintage Deco Chinese Rug. An early 20th century Chinese Deco rug. Circa: 1940. This remarkable rug comes from the dusk of Chinese Art Deco period. The outbreak of the II World War had diminished the flourishing production of carpets in China to a large extent....
Item No: BB6221
$60,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6219
Size: 10'4'' × 6' Circa: 1940
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Vintage Moroccan Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1940, an early 20th century vintage Moroccan Berber hand - made rug, made with hand - woven wool died with natural biological pigments, rich and deep in color and naturally simple in its...
Item No: BB6219
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Pile Rug  BB6238
Size: 6' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Pile Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950, a mid 20th century vintage Swedish level looped pile rug. In case of this carpet fibers have the form of loops. This style of carpet weaving causes a great comfort of use. It's design is harmonious and full of...
Item No: BB6238
$12,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6235
Size: 8'7'' × 4'5'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Moroccan Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1950, a mid-20th century Vintage Moroccan hand-made rug. This colorful boucherouite rag rug from Morocco delights with bright colors and easy-to-read abstract pattern. It presents a unique work of tribal art, in which...
Item No: BB6235
$2,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6240
Size: 8'7'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden, mid-20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug. This one is created from vertical and horizontal interlocked threads in vivid colors. Fibers in shades of crimson red, purple, heather pink, yellow and...
Item No: BB6240
$10,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible  Rug BB6241
Size: 7' × 4' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible Rug, Circa: 1950 Living room without a proper rug is just a room. Let in some vintage vibrations to enliven the soulless atmosphere with classical charm. Scandinavian, highly - conceptual rug will make it easy. All-over consistent...
Item No: BB6241
$8,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6254
Size: 10'4'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Flat Weave Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950 A truly gem for everyone, who has a little crush on retro style. The fabulous vintage rug will bring a 50’s nostalgia feeling to any living room just like that. Recalling the scenography of a “Mad Man” series,...
Item No: BB6254
$15,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Sverker Greuholm  BB6255
Size: 7'8'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Flat Weave Rug by Sverker Greuholm, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950. This Mid-20th Century rug is a flagship example of the Swedish unique aesthetics and intricate craftsmanship. Thanks to blue-toned colorists, designer Sverker Greuholm effectively referred to...
Item No: BB6255
$15,000
Vintage French Art Deco Rug BB6242
Size: 8'7'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940
Vintage French Art Deco Rug. An early 20th century vintage French Deco rug. Size: 8'7'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940. This remarkable piece is truly a work of art— Art Deco. The soft, qualitative, cut-pile fabric is pleasing both to the eye and the hand. Spare but...
Item No: BB6242
$30,000
Vintage Moroccan Flat weave BB6223
Size: 19'2'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Moroccan Flat Weave Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1950, a mid-20th century Vintage Moroccan Rug. Here we have a very subtle and genuine creation, a large size blanket-style Vintage Moroccan rug, hand-woven by Berber women. These types of rugs were woven...
Item No: BB6223
$25,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6253
Size: 11'6'' × 8' Circa: 1950
Vintage rug. This elegant and sophisticated Moroccan rug is decorated with simple geometric patterns. Every surface of color is outlined with fine black line, infusing the whole layout with this perfectionist feel.
Item No: BB6253
$18,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6227
Size: 7'6'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden. This woolen rug is signed by famous Swedish designer Ingegerd Silow, one of the leading and most important figures of mid-century Scandinavian design. Recognizable style of the author...
Item No: BB6227
$15,000
Vintage Deco Chinese Rug BB6237
Size: 9' × 6' Circa: 1950
Vintage Deco Chinese Rug. A mid-20th century vintage Chinese Deco rug, Size: 9' × 6' Circa: 1950. This pile-woven wool carpet is a real treat for the connoisseurs of rarities. The influx of Chinese rugs to America after 1945 was scarce due to the destruction of the...
Item No: BB6237
$15,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6228
Size: 9'4'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden. This woolen rug is signed by famous Swedish designer Ingegerd Silow, one of the leading and most important figures of mid-century Scandinavian design. Recognizable style of the author...
Item No: BB6228
$15,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6230
Size: 8'1'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, Circa: 1950 Timeless elegance manifests itself once again in Scandinavian Design. Distinguish flat-weave rug features a layered design, maintained in ashy shades of soft grey. Because of this elegant toned color palette, it will...
Item No: BB6230
$16,000
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug BB6225
Size: 12' × 11'9'' Circa: 1940
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug, Circa: 1940, mid-20th century high-low Scandinavian rug hand-knotted of wool. It's color is maintained in natural, earthy tones of beige, ivory and caramel. The pattern consists of a rectangular wall-like arrangement with...
Item No: BB6225
$45,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6231
Size: 7'10'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1945
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1945 This mid-20th century Swedish flat weave rug is an exquisite example of Scandinavian textile design. Imaginative folk-art patterns, that incorporate ethnic influences from many sources...
Item No: BB6231
$12,000
vintage Swedish Flat weave Rug BB6226
Size: 11'10'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat weave Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950, a Vintage Swedish Flatwoven Rug. Uniform pattern decorates the entire surface of the carpet. Background color, as well as borders at opposite ends of the rug are off-white. The rest of the composition...
Item No: BB6226
$22,000
American Rag Rug BB6148
Size: 11' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage American rag rug features an all-over design of densly spaced horizontal multicolored stripes. The field of vision is broken up by two thick horizontal stripes containing geometric abstractions in red, blue, brown, yellow and green. The bold...
Item No: BB6148
$12,000
Samarkand Rug BB6095
Size: 10'9'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Samarkand rug features a central medallion of a circular shape outlined in thick muted orange with floral patterns, surrounded by linear and geometric abstractions in the same shade against a field of medium gray. The vintage Oriental...
Item No: BB6095
$20,000
A Chinese Deco rug BB6056
Size: 9'6'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 vintage Chinese Deco rug features an all-over latticed field in shades of muted green and yellow with multiple green borders containing serrated leaf imagery completing the look. The geometric simplicity of the early 20th century vintage carpet...
Item No: BB6056
$15,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6109
Size: 8' × 4'6'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug is a modern combination of simple light beige monochrome and a pile weave. The overall effect of the midcentury vintage carpet is light and minimalist. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by tribal peoples for their utility...
Item No: BB6109
$5,000
French Art Deco Rug BB6143
Size: 7'3'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage French Art Deco rug features an all-over design of swirling abstractions in hues of purple, olive and bright blue. Hints of floral motifs and flowing white lines accent the midcentury vintage carpet, while maintaing its modernist, abstract...
Item No: BB6143
$12,000