Collection of beautiful vintage rugs from the 1920’s – 1970’s

Vintage Rugs – The term “vintage” when applied to rugs, is used to describe those rugs that were produced during the middle part of the 20th century and through the 1970’s (for the most part).

The vintage rugs showcase what the 20th century was largely defined by experimentation and innovation in the arts, industries, the sciences and popular culture. Typically, a mid-century vintage area rug is a rug or carpet that was produced between the 1920’s and 1970’s. These rugs explore the boundaries and push the limits of textural and visual style to create rug designs that provide a strong sensory experience and can quickly change the look and feel of one’s interior home design.

The diversity seen in the production of vintage rugs may be one of the secrets behind their renewed popularity. These marvelous carpets feature formal geometric motifs, whimsical folk-art influences and colorful Deco inspired designs that are truly abstract. Whether collectors and designers are seeking a luxurious long-pile Rya or charming flat-woven vintage rugs from Scandinavia, the most versatile and colorful rugs that are vintage, make superb statement pieces. In the 21st century, the world has a renewed interest in the vintage rugs that thrilled modern design aficionados years ago.

The production of the vintage rugs that followed the art Deco period was increasingly experimental and avant-garde. In Europe, the works of mid century modern artists were celebrated in phenomenal vintage rugs that were woven in France and Europe’s oldest weaving centers. Like any Renaissance, this transitional period welcomed innovators and ushered in outstanding artistic personalities.

These innovators of classical modernism influenced the trends that supported the popularity of vintage rugs during the mid 20th century. The functional, luxurious rugs of the past were replaced by modern fresh new statement pieces that were elevated from their standard purpose as decorative floor coverings and were featured and celebrated as works of art.

Vintage Rugs as Art

There are a plethora of opinions on art. Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Is art what you make of it? What is art? Many of these questions don’t have a clear-cut answer, but it’s true that art can be found anywhere. The difference is that sometimes it’s easier to see.

Vintage rugs are one area where art abounds. It jumps out in the symbolic language, in the expressive colors and in the patterns that assimilate influences from music, literature and culture. Appreciating these details isn’t difficult. Carpets and textiles are a tangible link to the oldest designs known to man, but they also represent an important connection to the modern art world.

The entire history of 20th century art is chronicled visually through the evolution of carpet designs. The deeper history of art and world culture is also revealed, although time has obscured some details. Exploring vintage rugs and antique rugs from the 20th century takes viewers from cubism and art deco to mid-century modern, atomic, pop-art and through contemporary abstract designs. Art enthusiasts can revisit their favorite works by Miro, Klee, Dali, Picasso, Kandinsky and others in textile art form.

It’s also a chance for fans to explore some artisans and creators who are perhaps lesser-known. Fernand Leger, Corneille, Josef Frank and Stig Lindberg created designs for home furnishings as well as textiles and carpets. While some designs were originally intended for the floor, many are purely artistic, which makes them true art carpets rather than carpets that are artful.

At the Bauhaus, Gunta Stolzl created intricate tapestries that can be considered nothing less than art. Swedish carpets and tapestries also have a direct connection to the artists who created them. In these pieces, there is little of the homogenization associated with industrial designs. However, some rugs from Miro and Picasso are direct re-creations of existing works.

At the time, creating functional limited-edition area carpets and rugs from captivating abstract paintings was the thing for successful artists to do, and it was remarkably effective. Today, tapestry weaving and rug-making techniques are being explored by new generations of artists who are discovering the freedom and possibilities offered by this uniquely textural and luxurious medium, which is rightly valued as art.

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