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 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 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 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.
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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Size: 13' × 11' Circa: 1950 An Ecuadorian rug designed by Olga Fisch in the mid 20th Century. Signed lower right corner. Hungarian born designer Olga Fisch linked the gap between folk art and fine art when working with... Item No: BB6076
Size: 11' × 5'9'' Circa: 1930 This circa-1930 vintage Moroccan rug features a striking all-over design of a latticed field with simple geometric abstractions at the center of the diamond shapes. A muted patina of green, red... Item No: BB6075
Size: 11' × 9'6'' Circa: 1950 This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug features an intriguing all-over design of curvilinear abstractions that suggest floral shapes and arabesques, with checkerboard patterns in brown and beige... Item No: BB6074
Size: 11'8'' × 8'10'' Circa: 1950 An Ecuadorian rug designed by Olga Fisch in the mid 20th Century. Signed lower right corner. Hungarian born designer Olga Fisch linked the gap between folk art and fine art when working with... Item No: BB6072
Size:8' x 4'8'' 1940 This circa-1940 vintage French Deco rug features a bold all-over design in burned orange with abstract geometric shapes and linear motifs in light beige appearing throughout. Stark and minimalist, the... Item No: BB6069
Size:10' × 5'9'' Circa:1930 This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug features a bold all-over design of simple interlocking geometric stripes in shades of brown, burned orange, green and light blue. Stark and minimalist, the... Item No: BB6068
Size: 10' × 6'7'' Circa:1940 This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an intricate all-over design of geometric abstractions and linear motifs in multicolored shades such as terracotta, red and brown against a light... Item No: BB6067
Size: 10'2'' × 5' Circa:1940 This mid-century vintage Swedish pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom consists of simplistic snowflake designs in shades of white and blue against a rich brown field. A thin white border containing... Item No: BB6066
Size: 12' × 5'2'' Circa: 1850 This circa-1850 vintage silk Samarkand rug consists of an elaborate all-over design of floral motifs and arabesques in shades of pink, yellow and inky blue against a field of abrashed red. A muted... Item No: BB6065
Size: 10'3'' × 7' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Elsa Guli Berg features a whimsical all-over design of stylized geometric waves in varying shades of blue and small fish appearing throughout. The... Item No: BB6062
Size: 12' × 8'5'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of geometric abstracts of botanical motifs and linear patterns in shades of rust, beige and brown against a field of... Item No: BB6061
Size: 15'9'' × 8' Circa: 1880 This circa-1880 vintage silk Samarkand rug features large diamond and circular medallion shapes in hues of red, containing and surrounded by floral and geometric abstractions against a field of... Item No: BB6057
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.... Item No: BB6056
Size: 8'7'' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage French Deco rug features an abstract landscape of a pine forest and mountain range in shades of green, brown, rust and beige. Linear geometric imagery adds to the... Item No: BB6051
Size: 11'8'' × 8' Circa: 1830 This circa-1830 antique Chinese fragment rug features an intriguing all-over design of floral abstractions and curving vinery in shades of beige, inky blue and sea-green against a field of light... Item No: BB6050
Size: 12'8'' × 9'6'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features a simple all-over design of a repeating checkerboard pattern of beige and green squares, with overlaid horizontal lines adding dimension... Item No: BB6049
Size: 19'7''x12'5'' Circa: 1920 This carpet has been realised in 1925 during Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs for the bureau-bibliotheque of the French Embassy pavilion. This pavilion, decorated by the great... Item No: BB6043
Size: 19'7'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1930 Marion Dorn was one of the most important textile and rug designers of the first half of the 20th century. In addition to furnishing textiles she also designed interiors, wallpapers, graphics... Item No: BB6042
Size: 30'3'' × 15'4'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage American hooked rug is a study in intricacy and attention to detail, with an all-over design featuring floral and geometric abstractions in multicolored hues of blue... Item No: BB6041
Size: 10' × 7' Circa: 1930 This circa-1930 vintage Moroccan rug has an all-over design of geometric and botanical abstractions in shades of blue, yellow and red against a field of abrashed ice blue, surrounded by multiple... Item No: BB6039
Size: 6'8'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1930 This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug by Paule LeLeu features an all-over design of repeating diamond shapes in green against a beige field. The stark geometrics of the vintage carpet add to... Item No: BB6038
Size: 6'4'' × 5' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Chinese Deco rug features an all-over multicolored lozenge field containing floral abstractions, and a border of a lattice that repeats the color scheme of the primary... Item No: BB6037
Size: 9'3'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, titled "Rutmattan," features a checkered pattern of squares in light, spring-like hues of green, pink and blue, with... Item No: BB6017
Size: 11' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940 Mid-Century Swedish flatwoven rug designed by Judith Johansson (1916-1993). Woven at her ateliers at Kna?red in Halland. The rug is signed JJ at the lower left corner. Successive rows of geometric... Item No: BB6016
Size: 8'6'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940 A vintage Swedish rug by famed designer Marta Maas-Fjetterström. This rug demonstrates her chromatic sensibility. A desig of outmost simplicity and refinement with fourty equal rectangles in... Item No: BB6015
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1940 Mid-Century Swedish flatwoven rug designed by Judith Johansson (1916-1993). Woven at her ateliers at Kna?red in Halland. The rug is signed JJ at the lower left corner. A truly remarkable piece... Item No: BB6012
Size: 10' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940 A flat-woven rug with geometric design, crafted by a Moroccan tribe in the mid-twentieth century. The raw material of this rug is black or white sheep's wool, used as is, with a red thread dyed... Item No: BB6011
Size: 7'7'' × 4' Circa: 1940 Art Deco or Deco , is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after world war one and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its... Item No: BB5997
Size: 18'4'' × 16'5'' Circa: 1970 Founded in the village of Cogolin in the Provence Alpes, La Manufacture Cogolin was launched by Jean Lauer as a producer of silk. In 1928, the company purchased handlooms, featuring a jacquard... Item No: BB5994