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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

Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug Grey Green Vintage Turkish
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet Oriental rug predominantly green handwoven vintage Turkish carpet features a white floral pattern on a green background. This hand-knotted oriental carpet is a s...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Revival Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Oriental Carpet, Modern Oriental Rug, All-Over Design
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Vintage Persian Kirman Floral Oriental Rug, circa 1950
Located in Big Flats, NY
A vintage Persian Kirman floral Oriental rug offers central pastel floral and foliage pendant medallion and bordering on cream ground, circa 1950. Measures: 105" L x 62.75" W.
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20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Fine Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Brown Primitive Gabbeh Contemporary Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Oushak Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Carpet
Located in Hampshire, GB
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 Rug Oriental Rugs, Agra Handmade Carpet Runners from India
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet oriental rug is an Indian Agra floral rug in a very good condition. The rust colour on this woven rug has sat in harmony with the lime green and the gold colour ...
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Early 20th Century Indian Agra Indian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet Vintage Rugs Traditional Turkish Rugs, Oushak Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade rug is an old Turkish Ushak Oushak carpet, circa 1950 and is a patterned rug with all-over floral rug design 100% natural rugs made of organic dyes in excellent conditi...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Oushak Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rug Oriental Rugs, Agra Handmade Carpet Runners from India
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet oriental rug is an Indian Agra floral rug in a very good condition. The rust color on this woven rug has sat in harmony with the lime green and the gold color of...
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Early 20th Century Indian Agra Indian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

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

Modern Striped Rug Contemporary Oriental Rugs, Handwoven Carpet for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
Oriental rug with rich colors and abstract elements, this modern woven rug gives a subtle contemporary appearance. Featuring a beautiful palette of gold green and red colors, this st...
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1990s Afghan Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet Vintage Rugs Traditional Turkish Rugs, Oushak Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade rug is an old Turkish Ushak Oushak carpet, circa 1950 and is a patterned rug with all-over floral rug design 100% natural rugs made of organic dyes in excellent conditi...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Oushak Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Oushak Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Carpet for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

1900s Antique Persian Heriz Hand Knotted Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This is a genuine hand knotted oriental rug. It is not hand tufted or machine made rug. Our entire inventory is made of either hand knotted or handwoven rugs. Bring life to your h...
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rugs Runner Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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, Organic Material

Wool Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Geometric Turkmen Tekke Red Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet antique Turkmen rug handwoven wool rug was made using traditional vegetable dyes and handmade by the Turkmen tribespeople. This Rug is predominantly red in colou...
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Antique Early 1900s Turkmen Tribal Central Asian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet from Kazak Area
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet Oriental rug weaving from the Kazak region. These Medallion ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home...
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Vintage 1910s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet from Kazak Area
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet oriental rug weaving from the Kazak region. these Medallion ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home...
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Vintage 1910s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs Turkish Kilim Runner, Stair Runners Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
Konya is located in the heart of Turkey, workshop Long Kilims of Konya are mostly known for their distinctive geometric designs. Turkish patterned rugs are popular with their hardwea...
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Early 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Camel Pure Wool Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
These Handmade carpet runner oriental rugs are a rare find because of their colour combination. This is a beautiful old camel ground woven rug in near-mint condition. Antique rugs ar...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber

1900s Antique Persian Sarouk Fereghan Wool Handmade Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This is a genuine hand knotted oriental rug. It is not Hand Tufted or Machine Made rug. Our entire inventory is made of either hand knotted or handwoven Rugs. Revive your home style...
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Sarouk Farahan Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rugs Handmade Carpet Green Oriental Rug Caucasian Kazak Rug for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
Antique handmade carpet Caucasian Kazak, circa the 1900s, oriental rugs design. The city of Kazak is located on the western republic of Azerbaijan which is famous for producing fanta...
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Antique 19th Century Azerbaijani Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Turkish Runner Kilim Rugs, Antique Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Vibrant Geometric Kilim Rug Flat Area Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
This beautiful wool area rug has been woven by hand and features a fantastic stripe geometric design. Woven in accents of brown, blue, green, yellow and rust. Symmetrically woven wit...
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1990s Afghan Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Camel Pure Wool Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
These Handmade carpet runner oriental rugs are a rare find because of their colour combination. This is a beautiful old camel ground woven rug in near-mint condition. Antique rugs ar...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet from Kazak Area
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet oriental rug weaving from the Kazak region. These Medallion ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home...
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Vintage 1910s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Organic Material, Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber

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

Oriental Rugs, Antique Caucasian Handmade Carpet from Shirvan
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of handmade carpet Caucasian carpet oriental rug weaving from the Shirvan region. Though these ivory ground prayer patterned rugs may seem like from a distance, ...
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Antique 19th Century Caucasian Rustic More Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Turkish Handmade Carpet, Kilim Rugs, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Camel Pure Wool Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
These handmade carpet runner oriental rugs are a rare find because of their color combination. This is a beautiful old camel ground woven rug in near-mint condition. Antique rugs are...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Camel Pure Wool Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
These handmade carpet runner oriental rugs are a rare find because of their colour combination. This is a beautiful old camel ground woven rug in near-mint condition. Antique rugs ar...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Turkish Handmade Carpet, Kilim Rugs, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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, Camel Pure Wool Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
These handmade carpet runner oriental rugs are a rare find because of their color combination. This is a beautiful old camel ground woven rug in near-mint condition. Antique rugs are...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Other Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Blue Oriental Rugs Gold Living Room Rugs Handmade Carpets
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet gold oriental rug is a Ziegler style Sultanabad woven rug made on our looms by our master weavers in Afghanistan. This Floral Patterned rugs kind of our luxury r...
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1990s Afghan Sultanabad Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs Turkish Kilim Runner, Stair Runners Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
Konya is located in the heart of Turkey, workshop Long Kilims of Konya are mostly known for their distinctive geometric designs. Turkish patterned rugs are popular with their hardwea...
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Early 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet Shirvan Area Runner
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet rug runner weaving from the Shirvan region. these Stripped ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home ...
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Antique 1890s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Antique Rugs, Karabagh Antique Carpet Caucasian Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet from Kazak Area
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet oriental rug weaving from the Kazak region. These Medallion ground design patterned rugs can be the best home decor obje...
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Vintage 1910s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Striped Runner, Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rug for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
Handmade carpet oriental rug born out of nomadic traditional rugs, this antique striped rug from Shirvan features a spectacular array of modular stripes and classical border motifs t...
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Antique Early 1900s Caucasian Mid-Century Modern Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Organic Material

Vintage Oriental Rug Runner Red Traditional Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners
Located in Hampshire, GB
This impressive antique red rug is made from our master weavers in Caucasia. These particular carpet runners are made with all-natural vegetable dyes. The patterned rugs display an a...
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1990s Afghan Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Cotton, Organic Material, Wool

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet Shirvan Area Runner
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet rug runner weaving from the Shirvan region. These Stripped ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home ...
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Antique 1890s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Vintage Oriental Rug Runner Red Traditional Caucasian Handmade Carpet Runners
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet impressive antique red rug is made from our master weavers in Caucasia. These particular carpet runners are made with all-natural vegetable dyes. The patterned r...
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1990s Afghan Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Contemporary Oriental Rug Damask Modern Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs Turkish Kilim Runner, Stair Runners Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
Konya is located in the heart of Turkey, workshop Long Kilims of Konya are mostly known for their distinctive geometric designs. Turkish patterned rugs are popular with their hardwea...
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Early 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Hand-Knotted Oriental Rugs, Orange Rug Mamluk Style Carpet
Located in Hampshire, GB
This Mamluk golden red rug is the revival of 15th and 16th century design. One can see the emphasis on a geometric rug lattice. The fantastic color combination give these luxury rugs...
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1990s Egyptian Egyptian Revival Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Traditional Carpet Vintage Turkish Rug Wool Oriental Rug, Bedroom Rug for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
This Oriental rug vintage area rug features a highly detailed, colorful, central design which majestically floats on a background of subtle orange. Encompassed by a strong multi-laye...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Rustic Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Vintage Persian Kirman Style Floral Wool Oriental Rug, circa 1950
Located in Big Flats, NY
A vintage Persian Kerman style oriental rug offers wool construction with central floral medallion on cream ground with floral border, pastel palette, circa 1950 Measures: 67.5" L...
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20th Century European Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Antique Rugs, Karabagh Antique Oriental Rugs, Caucasian Carpet
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Oriental Rugs, Antique Caucasian Handmade Carpet from Shirvan
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of handmade carpet Caucasian carpet oriental rug weaving from the Shirvan region. Though these ivory ground prayer patterned rugs may seem like from a distance, ...
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Antique 1880s Caucasian Rustic More Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique European Donegal Pure Wool Oversize Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
Antique European Donegal pure wool oversize Oriental rug. Measures: 10'10" x 14'5". Primary materials: Wool Latex: No Pile height: 0.4 inches Style: Casual Primary color: Red Secon...
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Antique 19th Century British Other More Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Rugs Striped Runner, Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rug for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
Handmade carpet oriental rug born out of nomadic traditional rugs, this antique striped rug from Shirvan features a spectacular array of modular stripes and classical border motifs t...
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Antique Early 1900s Caucasian Mid-Century Modern Caucasian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Organic Material

Rare Antique Rug Caucasian Oriental Rug Handmade Carpet Shirvan Area Runner
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of traditional Caucasian handmade carpet rug runner weaving from the Shirvan region. These Stripped ground design patterned rugs can be the best element of home ...
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Antique 1890s Caucasian Kazak Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Oriental Rug Vintage Handmade Carpet Runner, Handwoven Brown Wool Runner
Located in Hampshire, GB
Browns and oranges sit woven in harmony in this geometric handmade carpet runner rug, featuring a repeat pattern of brown, detailed diamonds which sit on a background of red in this ...
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Vintage 1980s Afghan Tribal Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

1940's Vintage Mughal Amritsar Hand Knotted Oriental Rug Soft
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This is a genuine hand knotted oriental rug. It is not hand tufted or machine made rug. Our entire inventory is made of either hand knotted or handwoven rugs. Renovate your home sty...
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Vintage 1940s Indian Other Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Oriental Rugs, Antique Caucasian Handmade Carpet from Shirvan
Located in Hampshire, GB
An excellent example of handmade carpet Caucasian carpet Oriental rug weaving from the Shirvan region. Though these ivory ground prayer patterned rugs may seem like from a distance, ...
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Antique 19th Century Caucasian Rustic More Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rug Caucasian Living Room Rug, Tribal Red Oriental Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
Featuring a highly-detailed handmade carpet tribal Oriental rug central medallion with intricate motifs handwoven in an asymmetrical design. Woven in blue and yellow on a red backgro...
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Early 20th Century Azerbaijani Rustic Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Floral Carpet Rug Oriental Rugs Gold Living Room Rugs Handmade Carpets
Located in Hampshire, GB
This handmade carpet gold oriental rug is a Ziegler style Sultanabad woven rug made on our looms by our master weavers in Afghanistan. These floral patterned rugs kind of our luxury ...
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1990s Afghan Sultanabad Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Handmade Carpet Antique Rugs, Turkish Rug, Luxury Red Oriental Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Antique Rugs Striped Runner, Handmade Carpet Runners, Oriental Rug for Sale
Located in Hampshire, GB
Handmade carpet oriental rug born out of nomadic traditional rugs, this antique striped rug from Shirvan features a spectacular array of modular stripes and classical border motifs t...
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Antique Early 1900s Caucasian Mid-Century Modern Caucasian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Antique Rugs Caucasian Traditional Rug, Handmade Carpet Oriental Rug, Area Rugs
Located in Hampshire, GB
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

Materials

Organic Material, Wool, Cotton

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4 X 4 Oriental Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic 4 x 4 oriental rug available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wool and cotton, every 4 x 4 oriental rug was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a 4 x 4 oriental rug, we have 2366 options in-stock, while there are 1123 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the 4 x 4 oriental rug you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A 4 x 4 oriental rug, designed in the Modern, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made 4 x 4 oriental rug over the years, but those crafted by Karastan, Charles W. Jacobsen and George Griffin Lewis are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a 4 X 4 Oriental Rug?

The average selling price for a 4 x 4 oriental rug at 1stDibs is $2,222, while they’re typically $35 on the low end and $350,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Rugs and Carpets for You

Good antique, new and 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.

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.

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.