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Vintage rugs are decorative heavy textiles that were created at least 30 years ago. This general category is very diverse and includes floor coverings from all over the world, the Orient and Occident alike. The most recognizable styles of mid-century rugs are Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian, Arts&Crafts, Moroccan, Chinese Deco, and Art Deco. To place vintage carpets on the timeline, we may assume they were made after the year 1920. Antique carpets, on the other hand, were made before that date. This division is rather conventional because the border between an antique rug and a vintage rug is fluent and shifts over time. One day, all vintage carpets will become antique. Another way of categorizing vintage rugs, probably more accurate, is linking them to the birth of Modernism – this method of categorization prompts the use of the term mid-century rugs.

Vintage Rugs and Modernism

Modernism emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. It marked a major transition from the era of Victorian salons, full of conventions and social distinctions, to the age of café society, concentrated on fixing all of the ill-fitted aspects of the world. The strive for change resounded strongly in design. The pomp and excess were left behind to make way for the new concept of beauty. It all transferred to mid-century rugs – every trend in architecture and art was also reflected in textiles.

Different Types of Vintage Rugs

In contrast to antique rugs, vintage rugs usually have ‘lighter’, more contemporary designs. They reflect the socio-cultural changes of the 20th century, echoing the new way of perceiving art, craft, design and their role in everyday life. Instead of opulent, intricate patterns, vintage carpets often have experimental forms and simpler motifs – their designs are mostly abstract and geometric. The message behind each vintage rug design is very different, depending on the country and particular movement from which it originates. Thanks to their modernized appearance combining tradition and progress, vintage carpets easily match both classic and modern interiors.
No matter your preference for color, texture or style, Doris Leslie Blau offers the widest selection of authentic vintage floor coverings for sale in New York City and other parts of the world. We pride ourselves on bridging the gap between art, design, and architecture by making rugs a key element of interior design through our quest for superior quality while providing the highest standards of service. Visit our New York City Gallery and experience the magic and mystery of weaving masterpieces yourself.

Please visit our vintage rug showroom in Manhattan:

Vintage Rug Showroom at Interior Arts Building
DLB @ Interior Arts Building
306 East 61st Street, 7th Floor
Manhattan – Upper East Side
New York, NY 10065
Antique Rugs: 212-586-5511 Nader@DLBrugs.com
New & Custom Rugs: 212-752-7623 Susan@DorisLeslieBlau.com