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Cal 1 Hand-Tufted Pink New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Cal 2 Hand-Tufted Blue New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Cal 2 Hand-Tufted Purple New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina, in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Cal 1 Hand-Tufted Terracotta New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Cal 3 Hand-Tufted Olive Green New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Cal 3 Hand-Tufted Brown New Zealand Wool Rug by Nani Marquina in Stock
By Nanimarquina
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles, these irregular wool rugs are conceived to live together, forming attractive combinations. An offshoot of the Zoom collection, there...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

A Close Look at Modern Furniture

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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.