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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A Swedish Flat Woven rug
Size: 4'7'' × 2'8'' Circa: 1940
The checkered blue, green, and yellow allover pattern of this Swedish flatwoven rug allow it to serve as an easy way to...
Item No: BB4802
$5,000
Vintage Chinese Carpet BB6267
Size: 6'8'' × 4'1'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Chinese rug.
Item No: BB6267
$11,000
Vintage Chinese Carpet BB6266
Size: 6'8'' × 4'1'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Chinese rug
Item No: BB6266
$11,000
Vintage Art Deco Rug BB6265
Size: 9'3'' × 3'1'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Art Deco rug
Item No: BB6265
$12,000
Vintage Art Deco Rug BB6271
Size: 7' × 6' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Art Deco rug.
Item No: BB6271
$22,000
Vintage Art Deco Rug BB6272
Size: 9' × 8'3'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Art Deco rug.
Item No: BB6272
$24,000
A Deco Chinese Rug BB5358
Size: 5'6'' × 3' Circa: 1920
This striking vintage circa-1920 Chinese Deco rug makes use of simple and bold color combinations and shapes to fit in with the abstract, minimalist approach of the art movement. Consisting of an all-over design of dashed dark and light blue, brown and beige lines,...
Item No: BB5358
$4,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6220
Size: 5'8'' × 4'10'' 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 their natural environment of Atlas Mountains where darker clear outlines of...
Item No: BB6220
$8,000
Vintage Moroccan Flat weave BB6223
Size: 19'2'' × 11'7'' 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 not woven for commercial or profit-making purposes, only for home...
Item No: BB6223
$25,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Sverker Greuholm  BB6255
Size: 7'8'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug signed by Sverker Greuholm. Thanks to blue-toned colorists, designer effectively referred to the very beginning of Scandinavian rug tradition. As in the fifteenth century rya carpets were used by fishermen like a...
Item No: BB6255
$15,000
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug BB6225
Size: 12' × 11'9'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century vintage Scandinavian rug hand­knotted 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 striations and occasional floral embellishments....
Item No: BB6225
$45,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6219
Size: 10'4'' × 6' 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 pattern. The delicate checker arrangement in the shade of honey transforms into...
Item No: BB6219
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6254
Size: 10'4'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug. 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, this piece...
Item No: BB6254
$15,000
vintage Swedish Flat weave Rug BB6226
Size: 11'10'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1950
A Mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug. Uniform pattern decorates the entire surface of the carpet. Background color, as well as borders at opposite ends of the rug are off­white. The rest of the composition is created with geometric forms in darker...
Item No: BB6226
$22,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6235
Size: 8'7'' × 4'5'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan 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 graphics and colors bring out the universal value of beauty....
Item No: BB6235
$2,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6234
Size: 6'9'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6234
$18,000
Vintage French Art Deco Rug BB6243
Size: 8'9'' × 7'10'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century French Art Deco rug.
Item No: BB6243
$18,000
Vintage Moroccan - Kilim Rug  BB6257
Size: 15'6'' × 11' Circa:1950
A Mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6257
$40,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6210
Size: 10' × 5'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6210
$7,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6259
Size: 13'2'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6259
$40,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6204
Size: 11'3'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6204
$5,000
Vintage Chinese Carpet BB6256
Size: 16'6'' × 16'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese rug.
Item No: BB6256
$100,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6203
Size: 10'10'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1980
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6203
$8,000
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ulla Parkdahj BB5458
Size: 9'2'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish rug.
Item No: BB5458
$15,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6214
Size: 5'5'' × 3'6'' Circa: 1960
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6214
$5,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6240
Size: 8'7'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6240
$10,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6215
Size: 9'2'' × 4' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6215
$8,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6213
Size: 12'5'' × 6' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6213
$8,000
Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug BB6239
Size: 6'3'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1945
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish half pile rug.
Item No: BB6239
$12,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6217
Size: 7'5'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century vintage Moroccan rug
Item No: BB6217
$5,000