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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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564 Rugs Found in Vintage Rugs

Large Tribal Persian Kilim Vintage Rug 47598

Large Vintage Persian Kilim Carpet 47598 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Kilims

13 ft 3 in x 18 ft 8 in (4.04 m x 5.69 m)

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Vintage Art Deco Indian Rug 44979

Art Deco Indian Rug 44979 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Indian Rugs

12 ft 7 in x 18 ft 7 in (3.84 m x 5.66 m)

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Large Size French Art Deco Vintage Rug 3217

Art Nouveau French Rug 3217 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Art Deco Rugs

13 ft 3 in x 18 ft 7 in (4.04 m x 5.66 m)

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Large Vintage Persian Qum Rug 50326

Large Vintage Persian Qum Rug 50326 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Qum Rugs

11 ft 7 in x 18 ft (3.53 m x 5.49 m)

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Beautiful Large Size Spanish Vintage Rug 48757

Large Vintage Spanish Rug 48757 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Style: Spanish Rugs


11 ft 8 in x 18 ft (3.56 m x 5.49 m)

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Decorative Large Indian Kilim Vintage Rug 50319

Large Vintage Indian Kilim 50319 - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Kilims

11 ft 7 in x 17 ft 5 in (3.53 m x 5.31 m)

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Vintage Turkish Sivas Carpet 50327

Vintage Turkish Sivas Carpet 50327 - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Turkish Rugs »
Style: Sivas Rugs

11 ft 9 in x 17 ft 3 in (3.58 m x 5.26 m)

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Moroccan Vintage Rug 45403

Vintage Moroccan Rug | 45403  | thumb - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft 5 in x 17 ft 1 in (1.65 m x 5.21 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Rug 45693

Vintage Moroccan Rug 45693 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

8 ft 3 in x 16 ft 4 in (2.51 m x 4.98 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Rug 48351

Vintage Moroccan Rug 48351 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

10 ft 6 in x 16 ft 3 in (3.2 m x 4.95 m)

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Vintage Portuguese Rug 41565

Antique Portuguese Rug 41565 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Portuguese Rugs »
Style: Needlepoint Rugs

9 ft 10 in x 16 ft 2 in (3 m x 4.93 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Rug 45751

Vintage Moroccan Rug | 45751  - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft 3 in x 16 ft (1.6 m x 4.88 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug 47901

Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug 47901 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

6 ft 4 in x 16 ft (1.93 m x 4.88 m)

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Large Size Vintage Moroccan Rug 45996

Vintage Moroccan Rug 45996 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft 10 in x 15 ft 3 in (1.78 m x 4.65 m)

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Long and Narrow Vintage Moroccan Rug 46513

Vintage Moroccan Rug 46513 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft 3 in x 14 ft 10 in (1.6 m x 4.52 m)

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Vintage French Art Deco Runner Rug 43082

Art Deco French Rug 43082 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Art Deco Rugs

3 ft 11 in x 14 ft 8 in (1.19 m x 4.47 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Berber Runner 47909

Vintage Moroccan Berber Runner Rug 47909 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

3 ft 9 in x 14 ft 6 in (1.14 m x 4.42 m)

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Moroccan Vintage Rug 45323

Moroccan Vintage Rug 45323 - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft 10 in x 14 ft 6 in (1.78 m x 4.42 m)

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Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug 45768

Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug 45768 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Tabriz Rugs

10 ft 10 in x 14 ft 4 in (3.3 m x 4.37 m)

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Vintage Art Nouveau Wilton Carpet 48330

Vintage Art Nouveau Wilton Carpet 48330 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: European Rugs »
Style: Wilton Carpets

10 ft 8 in x 14 ft 3 in (3.25 m x 4.34 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Kilim 45379

Vintage Moroccan Kilim 45379 - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

5 ft x 14 ft 1 in (1.52 m x 4.29 m)

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Vintage Moroccan Rug 48354

Vintage Moroccan Rug 48354 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

6 ft x 14 ft (1.83 m x 4.27 m)

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Vintage Finnish Scandinavian Rug 3367

Art Deco Scandinavian Swedish Carpet 3367 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Scandinavia Rugs »
Style: Swedish Rugs

8 ft 6 in x 14 ft (2.59 m x 4.27 m)

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Primitive Vintage Moroccan Rug 47897

Primitive Vintage Moroccan Rug 47897 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Morocco »
Style: Moroccan Rugs

4 ft 5 in x 13 ft 10 in (1.35 m x 4.22 m)

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