Vintage Rugs

People from all different regions, faiths, and racial groups have created area rugs for centuries. Stylistically 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 rugs 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 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.

Scandinavian rugs and particularly 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.

Rug 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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A Chinese Deco Rug BB6037

Size:6'4" x 5' Circa:1940
A mid 20th century Chinese deco rug.

Item No: BB6037

A Dasilva Bruhns Deco rug BB6018

Size:7' x 3'5" Circa:1935
An early 20th century art Deco rug By Dasilva Bruhns.

Item No: BB6018

A Hooked Rug BB6041

Size:30'3"x 15'4" Circa:1940
A second quarter 20th century American hooked rugs.

Item No: BB6041

Spanish Rug BB6033

Size:11'6" x 9'1" Circa:1940
A mid 20th century vintage Spanish rug.

Item No: BB6033

A Moroccan Rug BB6039

Size:10' x 7' Circa:1930
An early 20th century Vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB6039

A French Deco Rug by Paule Leleu BB6038

Size:6'8" x 4'8" Circa:1930
An early 20th century French Deco rug by Paule Leleu.

Item No: BB6038

A French Deco Rug (size adjusted) BB6032

Size:12' x 8'9" Circa:1920
An early 20th century French Deco rug.

Item No: BB6032

A French Deco Rug BB6051

Size:8'7" x 5'5" Circa:1940
An mid 20th century French Deco rug.

Item No: BB6051
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A French rug BB5998

Size:6'6" x 4'6" Circa:1940
A mid 20th century Deco rug.

Item No: BB5998

An Arts & Craft Rug BB5812

Size: 5'10" x 4'8" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts by Voysey Rug.

Item No: BB5812

A Samarkand Rug BB5818

Size: 8' x 4'5" Circa:1930
A second quarter 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) carpet, with abstract floral motifs around three central polychrome roundels, within a polychrome modern-looking striped border.

Item No: BB5818

Spanish flat weave Rug BB5412

Size: 10'6'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1850

Item No: BB5412

A Chinese Rug BB5611

Size: 9'8'' × 7'

Item No: BB5611

A Swedish Flatweave by Judith Johansson BB6012

Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6012

A Moroccan Rug BB5846

Size: 10'2"x 6'6" Circa:1940
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5846

A French Deco Rug by Marion Dorn BB6042

Size:19'7" x 11'5" Circa:1930
An early 20th century French Deco rug by Marion Dorn.

Item No: BB6042

A Chinese Rug BB5968

Size:12'7" x 9'2" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Chinese rug.

Item No: BB5968

A Moroccan Rug BB5984

Size:13'9" x 6'4" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5984

Spanish Rug BB5979 (size Adjusted)

Size: 22'9'' × 13'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Spanish rug.

Item No: BB5979

A French Deco Rug by Fernand Windels BB5992

Size:13' x 8' Circa:1930
An early 20th century French Deco carpet by Fernand Windels.

Item No: BB5992

A French Cogolin Rug BB5994

Size:18'4" x 16'5" Circa:1970
A Late 20th century French Cogolin rug.

Item No: BB5994

A Swedsih Rya rug BB5989

Size:6'10" x 4'8" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish Rya rug.

Item No: BB5989

An Arts & Crafts Rug BB5991

Size:11' x 8'3" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts rug.

Item No: BB5991

A modernist Deco rug BB5969

Size:9' x 9' Circa:1940
An early 20th Vintage century Deco rug.

Item No: BB5969

A Chinese Rug BB5985

Size:11'6" x 9' Circa:1920
An early 20th century Chinese rug

Item No: BB5985
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