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Antique Persian Serapi Carpet, Handmade Wool Oriental Rug, Ivory and Light Blue
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi carpets are one of the most sought after rugs particularly in America and England for many years. Antique Serapi rugs are a major draw particularly in big city America...
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Antique 1880s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Tabriz Oriental Rug
Located in Manchester, MA
This Tabriz rug has it’s original manufacturing label still attached. A beautiful Center Medallion in the traditional weaving style is in the center. The colors range from red, ivory...
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21st Century and Contemporary Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 79 in. L 118 in.
Antique Persian Heriz Oriental Rug
Located in New York, NY
A room size antique Persian Heriz rug featuring accents of blue. Originating in Northwest Persia and the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, Heriz Oriental rugs from Persia inclu...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Oriental Rugs and Runners, Red Wool Runner Rug Handmade Oriental Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This fine wool runner rug was woven by hand in 1950 and features a fantastic geometric repeat pattern. The decorative repeat pattern central design has been woven in beige, cream and...
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Mid-20th Century Azerbaijani High Victorian Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Persian Mahal Oriental Rug
Located in New York, NY
Room size Persian antique Mahal room size rug featuring an all-over repetitive design on a red field and beige/ivory border.  
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Early 20th Century Persian Sultanabad Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Tabriz Oriental Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century one of a kind Tabriz rug with an all-over tight repetitive design on a soft red/brick ground surrounded by multiple borders. Accents in yellow, brown, navy and ...
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20th Century Persian Malayer Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Oushak Oriental Rug
Located in Evanston, IL
Ushak rugs have been in production since the 15th century with superb wools and natural dyes. Unlike other Turkish rugs, Ushak rugs influenced after Persian rugs and they wove with G...
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Early 20th Century Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Antique Caucasian Shirvan Rug, Geometric Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
The Shirvan nomads are found in the Caucasia. The carpets have a typical red-brown ground colour. The pattern is tied from memory and often consists of medallions, repeated in all fo...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet antique rug is a Turkish brown rug with central medallion and lights brown background color. These luxury rugs would complement your home as floor rugs. These la...
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Antique 1890s Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Turkish Handmade Carpet, Kilim Rugs, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This antique Kilim Oriental rug is a Turkish handmade carpet rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, Anatolia, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave r...
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Antique Late 18th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Karabagh Antique Oriental Rugs, Caucasian Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This red rug is a rare antique Caucasian designed Armenian Karabagh. This tribal rug is a one-of-a-kind treasure in the weaving world. The geometric rug design name is Karaghashli. L...
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Vintage 1930s Azerbaijani Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Karabagh Antique Oriental Rugs, Caucasian Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This red rug is a rare antique Caucasian designed Armenian Karabagh. This tribal rug is a one-of-a-kind treasure in the weaving world. The geometric rug design name is Karaghashli. L...
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Vintage 1930s Azerbaijani Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Turkmen Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This is an example of fine Afghan red rug made by highly skilled Turkman handmade rugs weavers in the north of Afghanistan. They have used hand-spun wool and 100% organic dyes for th...
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Antique 1880s Turkmen Tribal Central Asian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Antique Rugs, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Turkmen Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This is an example of fine Afghan red rug made by highly skilled Turkmen handmade rugs weavers in the north of Afghanistan. They have used hand-spun wool and 100% organic dyes for th...
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Antique 1880s Turkmen Tribal Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Oriental Rug Tribal Wool Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This highly-decorative wool rug has been woven with a fantastic central design woven on dark background in accents of pink, blue and orange. An intricate repeat pattern border enclos...
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Vintage 1960s Azerbaijani Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Natural Fiber, Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Antique Oriental Rug, Runner, Orient Carpet
Located in Berlin, DE
Hand knotted. Beautiful pattern. The carpet is in an age-related condition. Partly traces of wear. The images are part of the article description. On request, we clean the ca...
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Early 20th Century Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Anatolian Village Rug, Traditional Wool Oriental Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage Central Anatolian village rug with an unusual border design. Medium wool pile on cotton foundation. Washed professionally. Ideal for both residential and commercial interio...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Tribal Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Anatolian Village Rug. Traditional Wool Oriental Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage Central Anatolian village rug with an unusual border design. Medium Wool pile on foundation. Washed professionally. Ideal for both residential and commercial interiors.     
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Tribal Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Anatolian Village Rug, Traditional Wool Oriental Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage Central Anatolian village rug with an unusual border design. Medium Wool pile on foundation. Washed professionally. Ideal for both residential and commercial interiors.  
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Tribal Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rugs Caucasian Traditional Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Area Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet handsome antique Caucasian rug is a phenomenal and truly archetypal example of regional oriental rugs from the Azerbaijani village of Karakashly. This local vari...
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Vintage 1940s Caucasian Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Rug, Luxury Red Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
These handmade carpet luxury rugs look beautiful and would stand out as dining room rugs or bedroom rugs as an interior design object. These washable rugs are one of a kind and canno...
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Antique Early 1900s Turkish Victorian Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Kayseri Rug, circa 1970, Antique Rugs, Turkish Rugs, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade Kayseri Rug, circa 1970s carpet antique rug is a Turkish brown rug with central medallion and lights brown background color. These luxury rugs would complement your hom...
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Antique 1890s Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Antique Rugs, Handmade Carpet Runners Oriental Rug, Red Turkish Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
These are antique runner rugs from Aydin, located in the western Anatolia. These oriental rugs and runners have distinctive colourful designs. This orange rug has an all-over design ...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Organic Material

Turkish Runner Kilim Rugs, Antique Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet Geometrical Turkish rug is antique rug traditional handwoven runner rugs come from the Oriental rug design world. This kind of carpet runners is suitable for sta...
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Antique 1880s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Oriental Rug Kilim Traditional Carpet Antique Rugs, Caucasian Kilim Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This antique Kilim has been woven to perfection on looms of master weavers of Caucasia in the 1920s. The design features a repeat motif pattern that has been woven by hand to create ...
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Vintage 1920s Azerbaijani Tribal Caucasian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Handmade Oriental Carpet, Modern Oriental Rug, All-Over Design
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
Oriental rug with rich colors and abstract elements, these modern Afghan rugs give a subtle contemporary appearance. These patterned rugs feature a beautiful rust palette. This moder...
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1990s Indian Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rug Handmade Carpet Turkish Kilim Rugs Oriental Rugs Area
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet Turkish rug is antique rug traditional handwoven rugs come from Afyon city influenced of the traditional carpet design world. This kind of carpet rug is suitable...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Serbian Antique Rugs, Vintage Kilim Rugs, Geometric Traditional Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet oriental rug Pirot Kelim is an excellent example of Eastern European handwoven and flat-weave tapestry rugs, traditionally produced in Pirot, a town in southeast...
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Vintage 1920s Serbian Kilim Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rug, Anatolian Turkish Kilim Rugs, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet colourful rug is a Turkish carpet rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has light red...
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Vintage 1930s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Hunting Scene Oriental Rug, circa 1950
Located in Norwalk, CT
A rare room size handmade rug depicting wild animals in nature with flowers all around. Finest quality lambs wood with tight even weave pattern on back. Professionally hand washed.
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20th Century Baroque Persian Rugs

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Wool

Pure Silk Area Rug, Oriental Rugs Navy Carpet Rug, UK
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This luxurious pure silk area rug was handwoven in the Azerbaijan area. Featuring a deep blue background with a large intricate central motif woven in lighter tones of cream and deep...
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Vintage 1970s Azerbaijani Aubusson Caucasian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Antique Rugs Caucasian Kazak Rug, Handmade Carpet Blue Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
An excellent handwoven Kazak rug example of Caucasian handmade carpet rug weaving from the Kazak region. Though this dark blue rug has a Shiny background and 3 stylish Central Medall...
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Antique 1890s Caucasian Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Milas Antique Rugs, Turkish Rug Yellow Handmade Carpet Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
A rare find. This antique rug yellow is a beautiful old gold ground handmade carpet runner in excellent condition. luxury rug with full pile everywhere, finely woven and full of char...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Other Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug Antique Rug Anatolian Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
The handmade carpet S¸arkis¸la Kilim rugs are one of the most decorative rugs, Turkish Kilim can be an additional element of design to one's home decor. Most Kilims can always be in...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Pure Silk Rugs Turkish Rugs Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
A finely hand-knotted vintage Central Anatolian golden purple rug with a Classic all-over paradise design of small patterns. The high-quality wool pile on strong silk foundation of t...
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Vintage 1910s Turkish Other Turkish Rugs

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Silk, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug Antique Rug Anatolian Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
The handmade carpet S¸arkis¸la Kilim rugs are one of the most decorative rugs, Turkish Kilim can be an additional element of design to one's home decor. Most Kilims can always be in...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rug, Anatolian Turkish Kilim Rugs, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet colorful rug is a Turkish carpet rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has light red,...
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Vintage 1930s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Runner Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
Handmade carpet oriental rug born out of nomadic traditions, this antique striped rug from Ganjeh features a spectacular array of modular stripes and classical border motifs that hav...
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Antique 1870s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Wool, Organic Material

Antique Ghiordes Rug, Handmade Turkish Oriental Rug, Beige, Taupe
Located in New York, NY
West Anatolia is one of the largest weaving regions in Turkey. Since the 15th century, Turkish rugs have always been on top of the list for having fine oriental rugs. Oushak/Ghiorde...
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Antique Late 19th Century Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug Grey Vintage Turkish
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet Oriental rug predominantly green handwoven vintage Turkish rug features a white floral pattern on a green background. This hand painted oriental carpet is a stun...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Revival Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Oriental Rugs, Handmade Carpet Red Kazak Rugs for Sale
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
These new traditional handmade rugs are featuring designs from the Kazak region. A traditional tribal rug is famous in the region of the Kazak Area. This handwoven rug has been made ...
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1990s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Fine Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Brown Primitive Contemporary Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
The handmade carpet modern Nepalese collection comprises fine hand knotted carpet made in Nepal. Made with 100% wool pile, this innovative design is both refreshing and modern. Fine...
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1990s Nepalese Minimalist Indian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Vintage Oriental Rug Overdyed in Gray Color
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage oriental rug re-dyed in gray color. Finely hand knotted, low wool pile on cotton foundation. Deep washed. Sturdy and can be used on a high traffic area, suitable for both r...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Antique Persian Sarouk Oriental Rug, circa 1930
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Persian Sarouk oriental rug offers wool construction with central floral medallion and all-over floral spray on red ground, circa 1930 Measures: 81" H x 53" W.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rugs Caucasian Traditional Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Area Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet handsome antique Caucasian rug is a phenomenal and truly archetypal example of regional orinetal rugs from the Azerbaijani village of Karakashly. This local vari...
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Early 20th Century Caucasian Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Oriental Rug Yellow Geometric Kilim Rug Traditional Antique Runner Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This stunning Kilim rug has been hand-dyed and hand-woven to create its unique colour and pattern. This Antique rug has a striking colour combination of yellow, navy, gold, cream and...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Wool, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Turkish Silk Rug, Traditional Green Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This fine Turkish silk rug was woven with the finest organic materials. The central design has been woven on a cream background with beige and green accents that make up the symmetri...
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Antique Late 19th Century Turkish Victorian Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Silk, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug Turkish Kilim Runner
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet colorful rug is a Turkish carpet rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has a light or...
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Antique 1880s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Vintage Kilim Rugs, Traditional Turkish Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet colorful Turkish carpet rug is woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has light blue, orange S...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Pink Rug Borlou
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This Turkish Borlou woven rug is a decorative floral rug ideal for clients who are searching for muted colors and all over design. This is an example of a carpet rug from 1880s and i...
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Antique 1890s Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Kilim Rugs, Traditional Oriental Rugs, Turkish Handmade Carpet
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This antique rug is Turkish handmade carpet oriental rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has light red, ...
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20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Organic Material, Wool

Handmade Carpet Contemporary Oriental Rug Damask Modern Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet oriental rug has an inherently sophisticated quality, from adding texture to monochromatic interiors to keeping the overall design scheme controlled instead of w...
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1990s Nepalese Organic Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Cotton, Organic Material, Wool

Antique Persian Heriz Karadja Square Oriental Rug
Located in New York, NY
Rare square size Persian Heriz Karadja all-over design oriental rug. Orange ground color with predominant accents in light blues and green. 8'3'' x 9' Heriz carpets are beloved for...
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Early 20th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Oriental Rug Yellow Geometric Kilim Rug Traditional Antique Runner Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This stunning Kilim rug has been hand-dyed and hand-woven to create its unique colour and pattern. This Antique rug has a striking colour combination of Yellow, Navy, Gold, Cream and...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Wool, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Carpet for Sale
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet antique rug is a Turkish brown rug with central medallion and lights brown background colour. These luxury rugs would complement your home as floor rugs. These l...
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Antique 1890s Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Yellow Turkish Rug Handmade Carpet, Oriental Rug Living Room Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This antique rug soft colour vintage rug Milas handmade carpet has some flowers that rest calm on a rust background. A floral broad border of black and gold luxury surrounded the cen...
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Vintage 1940s Armenian Oushak Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Kazak Rug, Handmade Carpet Runners Oriental Rug from Caucasus
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
An antique rug rare Caucasian Kazak handmade carpet from the 18th century. This carpet is with an unusual geometric rug pattern on red brick background. This woven rug is surrounded ...
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Antique Early 1800s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Square Rugs Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Kilim Rugs Luxury Rustic Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
An unusual rugs example of Balkan Pirot Kilim rugs in excellent condition. These kind of traditional rugs are flat weave rug has named Kilim that most of the times have a geometric d...
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Vintage 1920s Serbian Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Turkish Kilim Rugs, Handmade Carpet, Oriental Rugs for Sale
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet floor rug is a Turkish carpet oriental rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has ligh...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Turkish Kilim Rugs, Handmade Carpet, Oriental Rugs for Sale
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet floor Rug is a Turkish carpet oriental rug has woven by very skilled weavers in Turkey, who used the highest quality wool and cotton. The flat-weave rug has ligh...
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Antique Early 19th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

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4 X 4 Oriental Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the 4 x 4 oriental rug you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A 4 x 4 oriental rug — often made from fabric, wool and organic material — can elevate any home. Find 1266 options for an antique or vintage 4 x 4 oriental rug now, or shop our selection of 31 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a 4 x 4 oriental rug — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A 4 x 4 oriental rug, designed in the Modern, Hollywood Regency or Victorian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made 4 x 4 oriental rug has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Charles W. Jacobsen, Paul Smith and Sarouk Farahan are consistently popular.

How Much is a 4 X 4 Oriental Rug?

A 4 x 4 oriental rug can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,414, while the lowest priced sells for $49 and the highest can go for as much as $350,000.

Finding the Right Rugs Carpets for You

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it. Good vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug, Moroccan berber rug (see our guide) or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but if you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile master Märta Måås-Fjetterström and other artisans. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up every time you’re looking down.