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 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.
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: 11'8'' × 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: 8'5'' × 8'5'' Circa: 1940 An exceptional mid 20th century hooked rug having a simple field of subtle beige, sand, blue, green and brown minor stripes within a bold whimsical frame of colorful enlarged leaves within a... Item No: BB6058
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: 11'6'' × 9'1'' Circa: 1940 A mid 20th century Spanish rug, the oatmeal field with a faint trellis overall of carefully-drawn gold vinery framing dusty rose stylized palmettes within a dusty rose scrolling vinery border. Item No: BB6033
Size: 12' × 8'9'' Circa: 1920 A modern early 20th century art deco rug, the spacious oatmeal field with a pair of vertically-arranged enlarged flowering vines in shades of red, orange and taupe. Item No: BB6032
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
Size: 13.5 × 9.9 Circa: 1925 A French knitted carpet probably from D.I.M workshop Carpet editor and maker in the 20th Century. Drawing by Paul Follot (1877-1941) Woven circa 1925. The French crafts designer and... Item No: BB5993
Size: 7'6'' × 5'2'' Circa: 1960 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: BB5990
Size: 11' × 7'9'' Circa: 1931 This elegan flat-weave area rug features a repeating pattern with sophisticated colors and uncompromising Orientalist details. Fjetterstrom's global influences are revealed in... Item No: BB5959
Size: 19'7'' × 14'2'' Circa: 1900 An unusual early 20th century antique Chinese rugs the beige field with a dense trellis of leafy vinery and palmettes within a narrow indigo blue palmette vinery border. Item No: BB5938
Size: 8'4'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1940 This early 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug signed AGA has a central design of geometric abstractions in shades of brown and blue, surrounded by a border of multicolored circular... Item No: BB5910
Size: 7'2'' × 5'6'' Circa: 1940 This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of abstractly interlaid patterns in various shades of blue and green, evocative of flower and garden imagery with a... Item No: BB5909
Size: 9'10'' × 6'3'' Circa: 1935 This circa-1935 vintage Swedish rug signed SW features an all-over design of small diamond shapes surrounded by a border of circular patterns and geometric abstractions in shades of green,... Item No: BB5908
Size: 10' × 6'10'' Circa: 1930 This circa-1930 vintage flat weave Swedish rug by Judith Johansson features an all-over design of repeating geometric shapes in shades of blue and green, interspersed with dashed brown lines... Item No: BB5906
Size: 7' × 4'2'' Circa: 1940 A mid-20th century vintage wool pile rug. A modern take on the traditional Moroccan design, with bright red, green and brown rectangles on a natural wool background. Item No: BB5901