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.

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.

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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Samarkand  Rug BB4400
Size: 9'8'' × 5'2'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Samarkand rug.
Item No: BB4400
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5488
Size: 16'4'' × 3' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan runner.
Item No: BB5488
American Rag Rug BB6148
Size: 11' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century American Rag Rug rug
Item No: BB6148
Size: 11' × 7'7'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century French Deco rug.
Item No: BB6144
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6146
Size: 9'6'' × 6'6'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug .
Item No: BB6146
French Art Deco Rug BB6143
Size: 7'3'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1940
A Mid 20th century French Deco rug.
Item No: BB6143
Swedish Flat Weave BB4841
Size: 8' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940
A modern rug woven with a subtly striped field with shades of taupe and shades of yellow. A linear grid sits on top of the stripe and is accented with diamond shapes.
Item No: BB4841
Chinese Deco Rug BB6142
Size: 15'5'' × 10'10'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Chinese Deco rug.
Item No: BB6142
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6182
Size: 7'6'' × 5'1'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6182
Swedish Rug BB6145
Size: 8' × 6'3'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6145
A Swedish Rug BB4985
Size: 7'9'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1950
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug with a modern graphic design that features simple cross shapes. Predominantly cool nuetral shades with soft shades of blue and green. Signed FLN lower left corner Jonkoping Lons Hemsjold which references the weaving facility.
Item No: BB4985
Vintage Rag Rug BB6184
Size: 15'3'' × 9'3'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Rag rug.
Item No: BB6184
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6150
Size: 8'3'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6150
A Spanish Rug BB5116
Size: 5'7'' × 4' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th Century Spanish Rug that is inspired by the tree of life designs. A directional landscape of animals interacting with nature on a sand field.
Item No: BB5116
A French Deco Rug BB5026
Size: 14'3'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1930
A French Deco Rug with a mirrored geometric design of color blocked shades of orange that are graphically intersected with brown, black and Ivory.
Item No: BB5026
A Samarkand  Rug BB5837
Size: 9'5'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1930
A second quarter 20th century Samarkand (Khotan) carpet, the purple field with a column of three roundels, each containing a geometric centerpiece.
Item No: BB5837
Swedish Flat Weave Rug
Size: 9'5'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Judith Johansson.
Item No: BB6157
A French Deco Rug by Paul Follot BB5243
Size: 10'9'' × 6'
The French crafts designer and decorator Paul Follot is an Art Deco traditionalist. His first designs were inspired by the Neo-Gothic school. At the beginnig of the 20th Century, Follot co-founded "L'Art dans Tout", a little known group of artists who fought fiercely for the...
Item No: BB5243
Samarkand  Rug BB6051
Size: 8'7'' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Samarkand rug.
Item No: BB6051
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5847
Size: 12'1'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940
A vintage handwoven wool pile rug, traditional Moroccan style. Rustic geometric design in warm colors on a natural wool background.
Item No: BB5847
French Art Deco Rug BB6171
Size: 5' × 2'7'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century French Deco rug.
Item No: BB6171
A Deco Rug BB3634
Size: 12'6'' × 8'9''
French modernist pile rug with a tan field surrounded by wide borders in two tones of dark red with a touch of cool green as middle border.
Item No: BB3634
A French  rug BB5998
Size: 6'6'' × 4'6'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage French Art Deco rug features an all-over design that is almost impressionistic and suggestive of landscape, yet utterly modernist and abstract. Patches of purple, green , black and beige complement each other for an over-all minimalist feel...
Item No: BB5998
Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed by Ingrid Silow BB6159
Size: 11'8'' × 8' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug signed by Ingrid Silow.
Item No: BB6159
An Art Deco Rug BB5028
Size: 9'10'' × 6'11'' Circa: 1920
@ABC>An art Deco Rug with a camel field. Accent colors mimic crayon strokes in black, forest green, orange-red and mustard
Item No: BB5028
French Art Deco Rug BB6172
Size: 4'6'' × 2'6'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century French Deco rug.
Item No: BB6172
A Swedsih Rya rug BB5989
Size: 6'10'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish rya rug features an all-over design of curving abstractions in bright green, beige and varying shades of brown, bringing to mind fallen leaves. Simple yet elegant, the mid-century vintage carpet is a unique piece of the Swedish...
Item No: BB5989
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6153
Size: 5'9'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6153
A Chinese Rug BB5630
Size: 16'9'' × 13'5'' Circa: 1939
This circa-1939 antique Chinese rug features a delicate all-over design of elaborate geometric abstractions in shades of purple and ochre against a field of green. Scrolling botanical motifs comprise the border of the antique carpet. There is evidence that...
Item No: BB5630
A Moroccan Rug BB5872
Size: 11'7'' × 5' Circa: 1940
@ABCThis circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an all-over design of a multicolored lattice in shades of yellow, orange and blue against a field of neutral beige. Stark and minimalist, the vintage carpet is an intriguing abstract statement....
Item No: BB5872