Vintage Rugs

History of Vintage Rugs

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.

Vintage Rugs: Swedish Flat Weave Rug designed by Sofia WidenArt 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

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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An Exceptional Collection of Vintage Carpets

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Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6213
Size: 12'5'' × 6' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6213
$8,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6246
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6246
$25,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6235
Size: 8'7'' × 4'5'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6235
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Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6219
Size: 10'4'' × 6' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century vintage Moroccan rug
Item No: BB6219
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Pile Rug  BB6238
Size: 6' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish pile rug.
Item No: BB6238
$12,000
A Samarkand (Khotan) rug BB4672
Size: 11' × 8'10'' Circa: 1920
>A Samarkand (Khotan) rug with a spacious red field beneath a restrained geometric trellis of racemes, flower heads,...
Item No: BB4672
$26,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6208
Size: 10' × 6'2'' Circa: 1960
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6208
$9,000
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 BB6210
Size: 10' × 5'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6210
$7,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible  Rug BB6241
Size: 7' × 4' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6241
$8,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6206
Size: 10' × 3'4'' Circa: 1960
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6206
$4,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6254
Size: 10'4'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6254
$15,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6215
Size: 9'2'' × 4' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6215
$8,000
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.
Item No: BB6255
$15,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6203
Size: 10'10'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1980
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6203
$8,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6218
Size: 11'4'' × 5' Circa: 1960
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6218
$9,000
vintage Swedish Flat weave by Berit Koenig BB6244
Size: 10'7'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1955
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Berit Koenig .
Item No: BB6244
$35,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6211
Size: 7'6'' × 6'1'' Circa: 1960
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6211
$8,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6204
Size: 11'3'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6204
$5,000
Vintage French Art Deco Rug BB6242
Size: 8'7'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century vintage French Deco rug.
Item No: BB6242
$30,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6214
Size: 5'5'' × 3'6'' Circa: 1960
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6214
$5,000
Vintage Moroccan Flat weave BB6223
Size: 19'2'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6223
$25,000
Vintage  Art Deco Rug BB6253
Size: 11'6'' × 8' Circa: 1950
A Mid 20th century vintage Art Deco rug.
Item No: BB6253
$18,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6207
Size: 5'8'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6207
$5,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6227
Size: 7'6'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6227
$15,000
Vintage Deco Chinese Rug BB6237
Size: 9' × 6' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Chinese Deco rug
Item No: BB6237
$15,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6216
Size: 6'6'' × 4'2'' Circa: 1950
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6216
$4,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6228
Size: 9'4'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6228
$15,000
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug BB6225
Size: 12' × 11'9'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century vintage Scandinavian rug.
Item No: BB6225
$45,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6212
Size: 7'4'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6212
$8,000