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Contemporary Brown Striped Wool and Silk Area Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A contemporary Indian rug with alternating brown, ivory and silver stripes. This hand knotted wool and silk rug measures 8'2" x 9'11.
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2010s Indian Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug Multicolored Silk and Wool 6x9
By Joseph Carini
Located in New York, NY
A highly detailed and complex design handwoven in Nepal using traditional Tibetan knotting techniques. The energetic colorful design is similar to that of an impressionist painting. ...
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2010s Nepalese Other Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Brown & Blue Wool and Silk Area Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A contemporary loop and cut wool and silk rug with a brown and blue allover abstract design. This rug - featuring a soft denim-like texture - measures 10'0" x 12'0".
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Brown Striped Wool and Silk Room-Size Area Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A contemporary Indian rug with alternating brown, ivory and silver stripes. This hand knotted wool and silk rug measures 8'11" x 11'9".
Category

2010s Indian Indian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Contemporary Brown Striped Wool and Silk Room-Size Area Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A contemporary Indian rug with alternating brown, ivory and silver stripes. This hand-knotted wool and silk rug measures 9'0" x 12'0".
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2010s Indian Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Brown, Handmade of Silk and Wool
Located in New York , NY
Both cracked and fine texture and peeling effect of the magnificent scenic Alhambra palace in Granada Spain, where co-founders Sigal and Vidal Sasson spent their summer time, inspire...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug Gold, Handmade Wool Silk, Symfonia
Located in New York , NY
Sumptuous and lustrous silk rows and highland Tibetan wool rug across a shear to perfection pile. Alternating rows of loop and perfectly sheared low pile create depth and rich textur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Blue, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Shoots"
Located in New York , NY
For the rug designer what startsout as an illustration often ends up in a rug design. Measures: 6'x9'. Abstract structure of plant shoots are represented by a delicate repeat in shim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Contemporary Area Rug in Black, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Rio"
Located in New York , NY
True luxury does not need to shout. Our Rio rug whispers multi-dimensional texture and glamour through its elegant reflective layer of lustrous silk. Exquisite handcrafted and heirlo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Area Rug Abstract Contemporary Ivory, Handmade of Silk, Wool "Poet"
Located in New York , NY
Rug Art abstract Contemporary collection brings the avant-garde art in your footsteps. Known for her alluring style, Creative Director Sigal Sasson brings old world craftsmanship wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Colors, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Whip"
Located in New York , NY
Rug Art Cosmopolitan collection consist of sophisticated designs composed of world travel aspirations. This collection boasts with design aesthetics and touchable textures thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Browns Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Opium"
Located in New York , NY
Our Creative Director’s artistic skills blend two crafts: scientifically portraying plants by painting them in watercolor and create a spectacular fine art composition, turning them ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Grey, Handmade Wool, Silk, "Kiss"
Located in New York , NY
This is extraordinary of exquisitely crafted and beautifully designed carpets. Rug art abstract contemporary collection brings the avant-garde art in your footsteps. Respected for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug Red Taupe, Handmade Silk Wool "Fragment"
Located in New York , NY
Astoundingly beautiful unified shapes inspired by sacred geometric design adorn this finely crafted Tibetan rug. The distinctive pattern combined with lustrous silk and fine wool cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Contemporary Abstract Area Rug, White and Blue, Handmade of Silk Wool, "Shadow"
Located in New York , NY
Unique in design and thought, our artist/designer edtched an abstract play of light and shadow on a beautifully sheared rich wool pile. The inspiration is artistically rendered as a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Modern Area Rug in Beige Contemporary, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Heritage"
Located in New York , NY
Rug art introduces The Shape collection, a series of dynamic geometric designs of unified shapes and movements. Each single rug is crafted by hand with the finest tailoring tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Blues, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Heliconia"
Located in New York , NY
Rug art introduces The Shape collection, a series of dynamic geometric designs of unified shapes and movements. Each single rug is crafted by hand with the finest tailoring tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug Beige Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Leafdrop"
Located in New York , NY
Slow reduction of warmth while watching autumns leaves falling down in their soothing colors, reminded the designer the unique beauty of the simple things in life. Timeless and harmo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug Grey Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Leaflet"
Located in New York , NY
Slow reduction of warmth while watching autumns leaves falling down in their soothing colors, reminded the designer the unique beauty of the simple things in life. Timeless and harmo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Ivory, Handmade Silk, Mohair and Wool "Calipso"
Located in New York , NY
Handmade pottery orderly laid to dry in the street of Nepal caught the eye of the designer in one of her visits. With attention to detail and a strong sense of order it is delicately...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Mohair, Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Purple Green, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Spice"
Located in New York , NY
Our Creative Director’s artistic skills blend two crafts, scientifically portraying plants by painting them in watercolor and create a spectacular fine art composition, turning them ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug Lines in Gray, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Alhambra"
Located in New York , NY
Originally created as a flat-weave area rug, new perspective injected into our Classic Alhambra rug turning it into a beautiful and sophisticated wool and lustrous silk hand knotted ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Blue, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Oceans"
Located in New York , NY
Beautifully executed entirely by hand, Oceans rug is defined by organic forms of the ocean with its clever circular effect that adds a sense of movement, yet evokes a peaceful water ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Fume"
Located in New York , NY
Rug Art International, a leader in custom and luxurious hand knotted carpets, debuts Fume. Designer/creative Director Sigal Sasson wanted to create a single focal point motif to hold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Green, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Allure"
Located in New York , NY
Unmistakably alluring textured rug, the opulent distressed stucco texture in the old city of Sarlat in the south of France, inspired the designer to create this timeless piece. Dream...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Contemporary Area Rug in Gold, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Metal leaf"
Located in New York , NY
Unique in effect, majestically glows as the light shifts around a room, Metal Leaf draws inspiration from renaissance artists painting technique, who applied real gold leaf for added...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Brown, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Riverpool"
Located in New York , NY
You are more beautiful than you think. This is what we think of Riverpool rug, which is a prime example of why it deserves to be in some spectacular living spaces for its thoughtfull...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Calabasas"
Located in New York , NY
Expressing her curiosity and love of nature, our designer draw her inspiration from a dissected head of a wild Mexican Hat flower. She carefully composed the pattern to reflect an or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Silver, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Allure"
Located in New York , NY
Unmistakably alluring textured rug, the opulent distressed stucco texture in the old city of Sarlat in the south of France, inspired the designer to create this timeless piece. Dream...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug Taupe and Gold, Handmade of Wool Silk, "Kesaria"
Located in New York , NY
This contemporary rug design is interpreted in lustrous silk beautifully contrasting with the soft Himalayan wool, using hand knotting techniques. Hand cut-pile provides three-dimens...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Zaza"
Located in New York , NY
An intriguing rug design drawn from a love story and inspired by Venus flower basket, a glass sea sponge specimen living in the sea. Subtle color palette of oversize circular motifs ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Geometric Contemporary Area Rug Blue Yellow, Handmade Wool Silk, Byzantin
Located in New York , NY
The Shape collection is both vivid and subtle, both resulting in an architectural and sculptural aesthetics. Its origin comes from elements of nature and architecture I’m greatly int...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Grey and Golds, Handmade of Silk, Wool, "Glow"
Located in New York , NY
A truly stunning rug that is inspired by the magic beauty of sculpted rocks and frozen drops of water, found in natural lime stone cave systems. Ethereal with a dose of femininity Gl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug Black, Red, Handmade of Silk and Twisted Wool, "Shambala"
Located in New York , NY
Our creative director’s artistic skills blend two crafts: scientifically portraying plants by painting them in watercolor and create a spectacular Fine Art composition, turning them ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Area Rug Brown & Mint Abstract Contemporary, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Wizard"
Located in New York , NY
This is an extraordinary of exquisitely crafted and beautifully designed carpets. Rug Art Abstract Contemporary collection brings the avant garde art at your foot steps. Known for he...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Saucer"
Located in New York , NY
This is an extraordinary of exquisitely crafted and beautifully designed carpets. Rug Art abstract Contemporary collection brings the Avant garde art at your foot steps. Known for he...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Yellow, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Sultana"
Located in New York , NY
Inspired by the designer’s Moroccan background and the magical country of Morocco, Sultana emphasizes bold geometric pattern repeat, a glamorous appeal known in modern Moroccan archi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Beige, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Eze"
Located in New York , NY
The latest addition to rug Art’s handwoven rug collections is Eze. Co-founder/creative director Sigal Sasson was intrigued by the unique medieval architecture of an ancient village i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Area Rug in Blue Black Contemporary, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Epic"
Located in New York , NY
Rug art introduces The Shape collection, a series of dynamic geometric designs of unified shapes and movements. Each single rug is crafted by hand with the finest tailoring tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool "Bohemia"
Located in New York , NY
It takes a single glance to appreciate such unique work of art. Our Limited Edition rugs are exclusive and originated by designer/artist Sigal Sasson, who wanted to create pieces tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug Taupe Purple, Handmade of Silk, Wool "Isabel"
Located in New York , NY
Rug art introduces The Shape collection, a series of dynamic geometric designs of unified shapes and movements. Each single rug is crafted by hand with the finest tailoring tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Diamante"
Located in New York , NY
Nothing speaks polished better then appealing modernist architecture design and Diamante rug knows how to show it. Its curved shape diamonds pattern is both masculine and feminine an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe and Gray, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Quest"
Located in New York , NY
The luxurious feel of Quest rug is imagined in classic and elegant subtle hues, hand knotted in luxurious yarns in Nepal. It’s unique old mood is illustrated in an inviting compositi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Flare"
Located in New York , NY
Handmade pottery orderly laid to dry in the street of Nepal caught the eye of the designer in one of her visits. With attention to detail and a strong sense of order flare is delicat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Abstract Contemporary Colorful Area Rug, Handmade of Wool Silk, "Kesaria"
Located in New York , NY
This contemporary rug design is interpreted in lustrous silk beautifully contrasting with the soft Himalayan wool, using hand-knotting techniques. handcut-pile provides three-dimensi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Green, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Burst"
Located in New York , NY
The designer draws inspiration from lava and brings volcanic eruption to a new heights. Components of stormy nature like glowing colors, textures and liquid lava translated into an o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Ivory Gray, Handmade Silk and Wool, "Ambient"
Located in New York , NY
Drawing inspiration from the designer’s deep admiration to midcentury era, Ambient, like its namesake, is a decorative interpretation of geometric yet rustic modern field that offers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Red, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Leafdrop"
Located in New York , NY
Slow reduction of warmth while watching autumns leaves falling down in their soothing colors, reminded the designer the unique beauty of the simple things in life. Timeless and harmo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Ivory Handmade of Silk and Wool "Pieces"
Located in New York , NY
Experiencing the designer’s deep love to nature, she brings a whole new modern spin underfoot. Inspired by a Pin Cushion “protea” flower whose heads resemble pins, this rug design ev...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Blue Handmade of Silk and Wool "Arctic"
Located in New York , NY
Inspired by the ice caps Arctic is a perfect reflection of Ambience, consisting dreamy colors of icy blue in an organic texture that evoke a sense of tranquillity and calm. Beautiful...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug Blue, Handmade Pashmina Silk and Wool "Blue Mood"
Located in New York , NY
Playing with ambient blues and water lead the designer to an entirely new heights of artistic expression. A painting turned into a stunning piece resembling liquid art, blue mood rug...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Other

Contemporary Area Rug in Olive and Mint, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Noche"
Located in New York , NY
In some cultures it is known as a symbol of glory, god of creation, or beauty under the moon. In the botanical world it is one of the rarest, Queen of the night cactus flower at a mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe and Orange, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Kama"
Located in New York , NY
Infused with vibrant accent color this upbeat pattern is jamming across a hand knotted Himalayan wool ground, composing an abstract pattern of flock of birds. Measures: 6 x 9.
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Contemporary Violet Botanical Silk Area Rug
By Joseph Carini
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Joseph Carini, reinvented by Joseph Carini, this new coloring of Tree & Cloud II is an ode to spring days and classic Eastern motifs with its figuratively fragrant cherry...
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2010s Nepalese Organic Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Yellow Gold, Handmade of Silk and Wool "Shadow"
Located in New York , NY
Unique in design and thought, our artist/designer edtched an abstract play of light and shadow on a beautifully sheared rich wool pile. The inspiration is artistically rendered as a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Silver Grays, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Roco"
Located in New York , NY
Rug Art rugs are crafted by hand by highly skilled artisans. From handling the raw materials to spinning, dyeing and weaving, each step is centuries old practice technique that has b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Black White, Handmade of Silk and Wool, "Luxe"
Located in New York , NY
Inspired by traditional Moroccan mosaic work, Luxe is a stunning design with a bas relief look that bursts with subtle carved definition quality. The texture is more pronounced by a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Modern Contemporary Area Rug in Ivory Orange, Handmade of Silk and Wool "Burst"
Located in New York , NY
The designer draws inspiration from lava and brings volcanic eruption to a new heights. Components of stormy nature like glowing colors, textures and liquid lava translated into an o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Silk, Wool

Abstract Contemporary Area Rug in Taupe Gold, Handmade Silk & Wool, "Brilliance"
Located in New York , NY
The luxurious feel of Brilliance rug is imagined in Classic subtle colors, hand knotted in luxurious yarns in Nepal. It’s unique old mood is illustrated in an inviting composition th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Contemporary Area Rug in Gold Mustard, Handmade of Silk Wool "Pieces"
Located in New York , NY
Rug Art introduces The Shape collection, a series of dynamic geometric designs of unified shapes and movements. Each single rug is crafted by hand with the finest tailoring tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

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Contemporary Silk And Wool Area Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of contemporary silk and wool area rugs available for sale. Frequently made of fabric, wool and silk, all contemporary silk and wool area rugs available were constructed with great care. We have 2 antique and vintage contemporary silk and wool area rugs in-stock, while there are 134 modern editions to choose from as well. Contemporary silk and wool area rugs have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Contemporary silk and wool area rugs made by Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — are very popular at 1stDibs. Many contemporary silk and wool area rugs are appealing in their simplicity, but Joseph Carini and Thomas O'Brien produced popular contemporary silk and wool area rugs that are worth a look.

How Much are Contemporary Silk And Wool Area Rugs?

Contemporary silk and wool area rugs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,415, while the lowest priced sells for $1,395 and the highest can go for as much as $29,400.

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 and 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.