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 mid 20th century and through the 1970’s (for the most part).

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Rugs that are considered “vintage” showcase what the 20th century was largely defined by – the experimentation and innovation in the arts, industries, the sciences and popular culture. Typically, a mid-century 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 these productions 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, make superb statement pieces. In the 21st century, the world has a renewed interest in these carpets that thrilled modern design aficionados years ago.

The 20th century rug production of 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 carpets 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 these carpets 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.

Beautiful Vintage Mid Century Modern Rugs And Interiors

Mid century modern rugs, as opposed to antique rugs, includes abstract, pop-art, artist designed, surrealist and minimalist styles. These vintage rugs were able to set or keep pace with the ever changing interior decor trends. In many ways, the new and innovative trends what were developed during the mid 20th century, were based upon a revival of folklore and traditions that were turned on their ear to become a new genre.

In Paris, Le Corbusier popularized this revival of the old and unusual. He was able to do so by transforming the abstract and textural Berber carpets into high-design pieces.

Vintage Mid Century Modern Rugs Interior by Nate Berkus - Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
Vintage Mid Century Modern Rugs Interior by Nate Berkus

In Scandinavia and Denmark, the patrimonial Danish design trends reached an unprecedented level of global popularity through manufacturers like Ege as well as other professional weavers.

Like the aesthetic movement of the late 1800’s and the Luddites (who destroyed the British power looms in the early 1800’s), the artists and master weavers who created mid century modern rugs during the mid 20th century also rebelled against the increasing industrialization of carpet production.

Ege Rya and other manufacturers used hand-made woven techniques borrowed from Axminster to produce durable machine-made rugs and shag carpets. While a separate group of designers was dedicated to producing hand-made carpets and involving themselves in all aspects of production.

Mid Century Modern Vintage Rug from MCM Homes - Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
Mid Century Modern Vintage Rug from MCM Homes

Ironically, the designers specializing in handwoven vintage rugs have often been the product of industrialization. These designers were schooled in industrial design and textile art production to meet the growing mid century modern demands. The designers developed their own unique styles which often included influences from local or regional history and folklore.

The Beauty of Mid Century Modern Vintage Rugs

In recent years, mid century vintage rugs such as Moroccan rugs and Scandinavian rugs have swelled in popularity for a wide variety of interiors. Most notably a mid-century modern decor benefits best from these artistic masterpieces. They can draw a room together, transforming it from sparse and minimal to cozy, inviting, and luxurious, without breaking the bank.

Their popularity comes from their ease of use and the wide range of color palette options, not to mention their uniqueness in design. Indeed, the fact that these vintage rugs are as desirable as they are is a testament to two things: first, to the incredible craftsmanship that went into the original composition; and, second, to their enduring beauty.

Vintage Mid Century Modern Rug by Artist Josef Frank From Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
Vintage Mid Century Modern Rug by Artist Josef Frank

Vintage rugs from Sweden and Morocco are among the most desirable and sought after commodities in the art word, and are one of the greatest values. Swedish rugs of the early and mid 20th century are hugely sought after due to their incredible artistic qualities and superior craftsmanship.

For Swedish rug designers in the early 20th century, the production of rugs and textiles was raised to an art form, which had a great international appeal. A fresh and appealing aesthetic was sustained during the first half of the twentieth century by the weaving of the celebrated Swedish carpet designer Marta Maas Fjetterstom and her peers. The simplicity and purity of design in vintage Scandinavian rugs give them an immediate relevance and contemporary allure.

Swedish weaving tradition reaches back hundreds of years when encounters with eastern civilizations taught Scandinavians how to create the lushly woven, warm Rya rugs that are still made today.

In the twentieth century, aesthetics evolved and the Swedes called for flat-woven kilim rugs with simple, geometric patterns. Rollakans, as they are called, are Swedish national treasures, and many of the vintage pieces we might buy for our home were created for government funded regional Arts and Crafts fairs.

Vintage Mid Century Bruna Heden Carpet by Marta Maas From Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
Vintage Mid Century Bruna Heden Carpet by Marta Maas

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The establishment of Marta Maas Fjetterstrom Atelier in 1919 was quite possibly the most important thing to happen to the Swedish Rollakan. Fjetterstrom got her start as a weaver at one of the aforementioned regional Arts and Crafts fairs in Malmohus, but her talent soon became too big for the small town and she moved to greener pastures in Vittsjo.

When her work was featured in an exhibit in Malmo, she was noticed by Ludvig Nobel (brother of the founder of the Nobel Prize) and under his patronage, she moved to a new workshop in Bastad where she lived until her death, weaving masterpieces and training prodigy in the likes of Barbro Nilsson and Marianne Richter.

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Exploring Vintage and Mid Century Rugs

Comprehensive and Breathtaking Collections of Mid Century Vintage rugs

Our eclectic, comprehensive selection of vintage rugs includes the most popular and the most sought after vintage carpet and rug styles, including extraordinary pieces from Morocco, dynamic and exciting pieces from Scandinavia, and stunning Art Deco compositions from Europe and Asia.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing – and unique – characteristics of the variety of pieces that receive the “vintage rug” designation is just that: their incredible variety. A mid century vintage carpet may be characterized by a monochromatic, bare field, as is often the case in Deco Vintage carpets from China.

A Mid Century Vintage Rug in Room shows beautiful bold colors and eclectic furniture.
A Vintage Room by HomeCaprice shows beautiful bold colors and eclectic furniture.

Meanwhile, a vintage carpet from Scandinavia may feature traditional, regional design elements, arranged in a novel manner. All that is to say that there is no practical limit to the variety of aesthetic values that one can find among vintage rug styles.

Bare but bold fields are characteristics of Mid Century Vintage Chinese Deco Rugs
Bare but bold fields are characteristics of Vintage Chinese Deco Rugs. Shop this beautiful rug on our site.

At Nazmiyal Antique Rugs, we have long been admirers of mid century vintage rugs – which seem to be becoming more and more popular every day. Over the past ten years or so, there has been a marked increase in the popularity of all things “vintage,” a trend that has influenced just about every field of design.

This renewed interest in mid-century and modern aesthetics is difficult to overstate, as more and more consumers have been purchasing authentic “vintage” products – products that are, by definition, part of a finite pool.

A classic Berber vintage rug from Morocco.
A classic Berber vintage rug from Morocco.

Thankfully, the mid century vintage carpet collection here at Nazmiyal Antique Rugs was built alongside this rapid increase in the demand for vintage goods. As a result, our collection consists of the sort of authentic, vintage pieces that are most highly in demand.

From our genuine Marta Maas Fjetterstrom rugs from Sweden to our iconic Beni Ourain  / Moroccan rugs, our Vintage Rug collection is sure to surprise and delight anyone with an expressed interest in all things “vintage.”

Things You Didn’t Know about Mid Century Vintage Rugs

Vintage mid century carpets from the mid 20th century have never been as popular as they are today. Available in a wide variety of designs, styles, colors and materials, vintage mid century modern rugs compliment pretty much with every type of interior decoration.

Since some people may have misconceptions about vintage rugs, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Vintage Rugs:

1. Mid Century Vintage Rugs Are Not The Same As Antique Rugs

Many people erroneously use the words vintage and antique rugs to mean the same thing. Generally speaking, the word “vintage” denotes sometime in the past, but not so far back in the past as to make them antique. To remove confusion, this label has been given to items that are at least 40 years old but not older than 80 years.

Mid century design perfectly complements the culture, style, and mood of a vintage rugs
Mid century design perfectly complements the culture, style, and mood of vintage rugs.

In the case of rugs, those made during the period spanning from the mid to late 1930’s through the 1970’s are called vintage rugs. The mid century was a great time for innovations in art, science and popular culture and the mid-century rugs reflect the cultures, styles and moods of the time perfectly.

2. Mid Century Vintage Rugs Were Made Everywhere

One can easily find vintage mid century rugs that were made in Turkey, Iran, India, Morocco, China and just about everywhere else in the world. These carpets reflect the styles and looks specific to the place of origin as well as the time period.

You can find rugs from early America, to Europe, Asia, Africa and more.
You can find rugs from early America, to Europe, Asia, Africa and more.

3. Mid Century Vintage Rugs Offer Representative Looks Of The Era / Year That They Were Made

Vintage rugs and mid century carpets are not so old that nobody knows when or where they were made. In fact, before buying a vintage rug, you should inquire about the era and location it was made. Knowing this will tell you about the design and style of the rug and may help with planning your interior decoration accordingly.

 large Spanish Rug with deep gold tones and blue patterns popular in the 1930's Nazmiyal
This large Spanish Rug is beautiful with it’s deep gold tones and blue patterns popular in the 1930’s.

For example, the 1930’s vintage rugs from France may have patterns and motifs inspired by art deco rugs, which was popular at the time. That said, the rugs from the late 1960’s may be inspired by the pop art movement, which was making waves at the time.

4. Not All Mid Century Vintage Rugs Were Made In The Past

The word “vintage” does not exclusively indicate a particular time in the past. The term itself can also be understood to mean that the specific vintage design and style was popular in a certain time in the past.

Many manufacturers take advantage of this fact by creating products that are the exact replicas or reminiscent of products that were popular in the past and market / label them as ‘vintage’. Thus, not all vintage rugs you can find in the market are true mid century vintage rugs, although they look vintage enough.

5. Mid Century Vintage Rugs Go Well With Every Type Of Interior Style

Vintage carpets and mid century rugs come in such as wide variety of designs, styles and patterns that you can fit them in every type of interior decoration, including traditional, modern, contemporary and ultra-modern. This is the reason for their popularity.

Vintage American hooked rug from our vintage rug collection
Vintage American hooked rug from our vintage rug collection

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