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 Moroccan Rug BB5076
Size: 13'10'' × 9' Circa: 1930
A Vintage Moroccan Rug woven in the 1930's with a play on the traditional diamond shapes and also cruciforms...
Item No: BB5076
A vintage Moroccan rug BB4553
Size: 5'9'' × 4' Circa: 1940
An elegant second quarter 20th century Moroccan rug, the oatmeal field with a spacious lozenge lattice formed...
Item No: BB4553
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
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6212
Size: 7'4'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug. This Moroccan rug, woven in 1950's, catches the eye with its unique pattern. With a diamond-like shape in its middle, it could have been an attempt at imitating the style of Persian carpets, as they commonly have a...
Item No: BB6212
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
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
Vintage Art Deco Rug BB6272
Size: 9' × 8'3'' Circa: 1940
This oval, woolen carpet with an octagonal center maintained in the color of apricot and ivory is full of taste and style. The carpet consists of spreading circular belts woven in soft shades of faded green, gray and blue separated from each other with an apricot...
Item No: BB6272
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
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
Vintage Art  Deco Rug  BB6280
Size: 9'3'' × 6'9'' Circa: 1950
A mid century vintage pile-woven Art Deco rug. The main feature and advantage of this carpet is an unusual mix of colors. Several shades of dark and ocean green with accents of black are joined together in an unconventional formula resembling camo. This...
Item No: BB6280
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6220
Size: 5'8'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
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
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
Vintage Chinese  Rug BB6282
Size: 8' × 5' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Chinese metal and silk Rug, Circa: 1880, Origin: China. This is a rare example of Chinese metal and silk thread rug. Antique Chinese carpets, unlike most of antique rug productions, were made almost exclusively for domestic use. Only in the...
Item No: BB6282
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
Vintage Chinese Deco  Rug BB6278
Size: 9'8'' × 8' Circa: 1940
Vintage Chinese Deco Rug, a mid-20th century vintage Chinese Deco rug, Circa: 1940, Origin: China. Chinese deco rugs represent a merger between the East and the West in terms of carpet craftsmanship. The value of this piece is visible at first glance. High knot...
Item No: BB6278
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6217
Size: 7'5'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Vintage Moroccan Rug, Circa: 1940, Origin: Morocco. This wonderfully decorative Moroccan Rug does not have a long history but would not go unnoticed in a tastefully furnished interior. Like the Moroccan rugs in general, this Berber rug is...
Item No: BB6217
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
Vintage Samarkand  Rug BB6283
Size: 8'10'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1940
Vintage Samarkand Rug, Circa: 1940, Origin: Samarkand, a mid 20th century pile-woven Rug. Exceptional, sophisticated and ideal for connoisseurs. The soft tint of the rug was formed by the passing time. It enchants with powdery pink, soft peachy orange and vanilla...
Item No: BB6283
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6213
Size: 12'5'' × 6' Circa: 1950
Vintage Moroccan Rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Morocco, A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug. This beautiful Beni Ourain carpet made of decent wool features representative elements of design. This pile-woven rug made by craftsmen from the Rif Mountains is full of...
Item No: BB6213
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
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
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6287
Size: 8'3'' × 5' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden, A mid 20th century Scandinavian Rug. An illustration captured on a beautiful flat-woven carpet is a graceful autumnal composition depicting a beautiful, motley forest on a blue sky background. A border of...
Item No: BB6287
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6219
Size: 10'4'' × 6' Circa: 1940
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
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
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
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6281
Size: 9'7'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1955
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, a mid 20th century Scandinavian flat weave carpet, Circa: 1955, Origin: Sweden. This captivating vintage Swedish rug by Judith Johansson is both perfectly designed and simple. The colour scheme, kept in the tones of brown, grey and...
Item No: BB6281
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
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6286
Size: 6'3'' × 4'6'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, a mid 20th century Scandinavian flat weave carpet, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950. This marvelous piece is a great example of the long tradition of Swedish weaving, which began centuries ago and still remains a substantial part of the...
Item No: BB6286
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6210
Size: 10' × 5'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Morocco. This remarkable piece is an example of Beni Ourain rug, weaved by the peoples living in the Rif Mountains near Taza. Moroccan thick pile rugs gained a lot of recognition in the mid-20th century,...
Item No: BB6210
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