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Beautiful Large Vintage Tunisian North African Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful 20th century rug from Tunisia very decorative with a tribal geometrical design and nice colors with a blue field, pink, yellow and green, entirely hand knotted with wool ve...
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Late 20th Century Tunisian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Tribal Tuareg Leather and Reed Rug, North Africa, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
A midcentury tribal rug or mat handwoven by the Tuareg tribes in Mauritania of reed bound with leather. As such, it has all the "imperfections" one can expect from a handwoven vintag...
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Mid-20th Century Mauritanian Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North Afric...

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Reed, Goatskin

Moroccan Large Vintage Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
All red, with the black border - A large beautiful old Chichaoua with a very interesting price. nr 1181 -
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Vintage 1970s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

  •   Moroccan Large  Vintage Rug
  •   Moroccan Large  Vintage Rug
  •   Moroccan Large  Vintage Rug
  •   Moroccan Large  Vintage Rug
W 82.29 in. L 137.8 in.
Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This gorgeously soft vintage carpet from the central Middle Atlas mountains was woven in a hand-spun tangerine color and features a creative assembly of unusual Berber symbols, many ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
W 79 in. L 125 in.
Extra Large Rabat Rug
Located in New York, NY
Extra large Rabat rug. Size: 20'7" × 20'0" (627 × 609 cm)  
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Modern Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

  • Extra Large Rabat Rug
  • Extra Large Rabat Rug
  • Extra Large Rabat Rug
  • Extra Large Rabat Rug
W 240 in. L 247 in.
Vintage Large Moroccan Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Chichaua Moroccan rug: no comment for this wonderful red.! with a wonderful price... nr. 1176 -
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Vintage 1970s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Large Moroccan Rug
  • Vintage Large Moroccan Rug
  • Vintage Large Moroccan Rug
  • Vintage Large Moroccan Rug
W 76.78 in. L 124.02 in.
Vintage Large Decorative Moroccan Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful large vintage Moroccan rug with a decorative design and nice colors with white field, orange, purple, pink and black, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton found...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Rustic Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Moroccan Rabat Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice large vintage Rabat carpet, mid-20th century, with beautiful colors and patterns, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundations.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rabat Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rabat Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rabat Rug
  • Large Vintage Moroccan Rabat Rug
W 100.79 in. L 132.68 in.
Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
A flat-weave rug, measures: 295 x 208 cm Insignificant wear. Washed.
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Fabric

  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
W 81.89 in. L 116.15 in.
Large Midcentury Moroccan Kilim Rug
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Moroccan flat-weave Kilim rug in jewel tones circa late 1940s-early 1950s. Large size: D: 108" x L: 140" Very nice, vintage condition with only minimal signs of use. From the promi...
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Vintage 1940s Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Wonderful Large Midcentury Moroccan Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful Moroccan rug with nice tribal design with a central medallion, and nice colors with orange, red, blue, yellow, green and purple, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Rustic Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Moroccan Beni Ouarain Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Woven in light, creamy, hand-spun wool with muted salmon, gray and light charcoal symbols, this gorgeous Moroccan rug has a sophisticated lozenge-based grid design that encompasses t...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Rare Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Rare and charming Moroccan rug. H'MAR - All my Moroccan rugs have been shown in Italy under super vision of a Moroccan scholar charged by the Moroccan Government. He was enthusiast ...
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Vintage 1950s Moroccan Moorish Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

  • Rare Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Rare Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Rare Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
  • Rare Large Vintage Moroccan Rug
W 63 in. L 146.86 in.
Large Vintage Moroccan Azilal Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This Moroccan carpet exudes comfort and warmth with a neutral field and vivid color palette. Set on an ivory and white background, this piece features scattered tribal motifs in gold...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Blue Moroccan Carpet or Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
1179. Rare large Moroccan carpet in a wonderful blue color: a clear reference to the water of the deep sea. Perfect for a sea house. Look also to LU 137922949552.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Other Moroccan and North African ...

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Wool

  • Large Blue Moroccan Carpet or Rug
  • Large Blue Moroccan Carpet or Rug
  • Large Blue Moroccan Carpet or Rug
  • Large Blue Moroccan Carpet or Rug
W 77.17 in. L 163.78 in.
Large Vintage Hand Knotted Moroccan Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice large midcentury Berbere Moroccan rug, with beautiful tribal design with a central medallion and beautiful colors with blue field and red, green and orange, entirely hand knotte...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Tribal Moroccan Berbere Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
A Moroccan rug with beautiful tribal design and orange field, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on wool foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Large Pile Tribal Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handwoven vintage pile Moroccan tribal rug, purple, orange and black. Very lush and happy colors, Mid-Century Modern look, will add the tribal accent and life to any room. Bright loz...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Wool

Large Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouraine Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This fabulously complex and interesting carpet features principally lozenge-based designs with a lattice flanked by checkered and diamond shapes filled in with lozenges with extended...
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Vintage 1970s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Scale Ivory Color Wool Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large scale ivory color rug, circa 1950s. It measures an impressive 9' x 12'. Looks like flokati, but is actually constructed of 100% wool with a plush deep pile. Retains it's warm o...
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Bohemian Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Rare Large Moroccan Berber Boucherouite Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven with the exclusive use of recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, this represents 'art brut' within the domain of the textile arts. Weavings such as this ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Rare Large Moroccan Berber Boucherouite Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven with the exclusive use of recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, this represents 'art brut' within the domain of the textile arts. Weavings such as this ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage Moroccan Large Pile Tribal Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handwoven vintage pile Moroccan tribal rug, purple, orange and black. Very lush and happy colors, Mid-Century Modern look, will add the tribal accent and life to any room. Bright loz...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Wool

Rare Large Moroccan Berber Boucherouite Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven with the exclusive use of recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, this represents 'art brut' within the domain of the textile arts. Weavings such as this ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Modern Black and White Large Moroccan Rug
Located in New York, NY
The nomadically abrashed dark gray and black borderless field shows an attenuating ecru pattern of rectangles, pentagons and streaks, becoming less dense after the middle of the carp...
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2010s Moroccan Bohemian Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rabat Moroccan Large Area Rug, Oversize Rug, Palace Size Carpet
By Rabat Village Women
Located in Dallas, TX
77201, Tribal style vintage Rabat Moroccan Area rug, oversize rug, palace size carpet. This hand knotted wool vintage Moroccan Rabat rug features six superimposed stepped diamond-sha...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Persian Tabriz Design Modern Egyptian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Magnificent and extremely decorative large Persian Tabriz design modern Egyptian rug, country of origin / rug type: Egyptian rug, date: circa early 21st century. This beautiful and s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Egyptian Modern Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

Large Minimalist Red Wool Chichaoua Moroccan Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Vintage large Moroccan rug - Minimalist taste - nr. 1178.
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Vintage 1980s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Moroccan Warayne Rug with Meandering Cross Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
This rug features organic and wonderfully creative design compositions that, in the past, were often based on obsure tribal traditions and beliefs. Warm to the base, this gorgeous an...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Large Moroccan Area Rug with Modernist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
80543, contemporary large Moroccan Area rug with Modernist style. This hand knotted wool contemporary Moroccan area rug features contrasting black lines running the length of the cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Modern Moroccan and North Africa...

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Wool

Large vintage Gemotrical Morrocan wool rug carpet Beni Ouarain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hailed as "white giants" by modern pioneer architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Llyod Wright, the rug from Beni Ouarain tribe in Middle Atlas Mountains is admired for their rust...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large vintage Geometrical Morrocan wool rug carpet Beni Ouarain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hailed as "white giants" by modern pioneer architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Llyod Wright, the rug from Beni Ouarain tribe in Middle Atlas Mountains is admired for their rust...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Large Size Open Field Orange Moroccan Berber Rug
Located in Milan, IT
An unusually large Berber carpet characterized by an orange background composed of subtle gradations of color. The type of weave as well as the silky lush pile are distinctive featur...
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Vintage 1980s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Moroccan Kilim Rug Contemporary Modern Flat-Woven Black Beige
Located in Lohr, Bavaria, DE
A large room sized Kilim rug with geometric design, handwoven in Morocco. It is made of fine quality wool - hand spun, hand dyed, flat-woven by master weavers. This Kilim rug is very...
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2010s Moroccan Kilim Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Modern Contemporary Tabriz Design Egyptian Rug. Size: 12' 1" x 16' 7"
Located in New York, NY
Decorative Large Size Modern Persian Tabriz Design Egyptian Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Egyptian Rug, Circa Date: Early 21st Century / Modern Rug. Size: 12 ft 1 in x 16 ft 7 i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Egyptian Tabriz Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

Vintage Large Moroccan Rug with Star Medallion in Light Green
Located in Atlanta, GA
Medallion design Moroccan rug, rug 13-0513, country of origin / type: Morocco / Tribal, circa 1960 This Moroccan rug features a traditional medallion design consisting of a layere...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Large Moroccan Area Rug with Cozy Organic Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
80541, new contemporary large Moroccan Area rug with Cozy Organic Modern style. Warm and inviting combined with cozy comfort, this hand knotted wool contemporary large Moroccan area ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Organic Modern Moroccan and Nort...

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Wool

Vintage Large Chichaoua Moroccan Rug, Can Be Joined to Another
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Vintage Large Moroccan rug, it can be approached to rug LU 137 922 949 802 (with the same lenght) in order to obtain a large carpet with measures: 315 x 420!! Minimalist taste, tho...
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Vintage 1980s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Moroccan Zanafi Kilim Rug, Soft Pile, Brown and Beige Tones
Located in New York, NY
This modern tapestry woven carpet show a five diamond pole medallion and conforming zig-zag outer lines, within a flowing, marbled bitonal dark brown and ivory ground. The broken ban...
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2010s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Oversize Ivory Green Coral Orange Egyptian Rug Persian Sultanabad Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a new oversize Egyptian rug in Persian Sultanabad design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s, late 20th century. The design and colors were hand chosen by us and we have ...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Spanish Colonial Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Large Moroccan Rug with Modernist Style and Cozy Minimalist Vibes
Located in Dallas, TX
80547, contemporary large Moroccan rug with Modernist style and cozy minimalist vibes 12'01 x 16'01. This hand knotted wool contemporary Moroccan style rug features contrasting cool ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Minimalist Moroccan and North Af...

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Wool

Vintage Rabat Moroccan Large Area Rug with MCM and Tribal Style
By Rabat Village Women, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
77252 vintage rabat Moroccan large area rug with Mid-Century Modern and Tribal Style 11'09 x 14'08. This hand knotted wool vintage Rabat Moroccan rug features an all-over geometric l...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Colorful Vintage Moroccan Rug in Medallion Design and Tribal Elements
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large vintage Moroccan rug with central medallion design and tribal elements. This large, vintage Moroccan rug is unique in its central medallion design. A star-shaped medallion is ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large White Background Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Charcoal Diamonds
Located in Atlanta, GA
White background vintage Moroccan rug with charcoal diamonds and fringed bottom, rug bds-136630, country of origin / type: Moroccan, circa mid-20th century. This graphic handwoven...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Tribal Style Modern Moroccan Wool Area Rug in White and Grey
Located in New York, NY
Large tribal style modern Moroccan wool area rug in white and grey Size: 12'8" × 20'2" (386 × 614 cm). Although presently made, this new Moroccan style rug embodies the greatest fe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Modern Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

Late 20th C. Large Oversize Brown Ivory Egyptian Rug Persian Sultanabad Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a large/ oversized new Egyptian rug in Persian Sultanabad design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s. The design and colors were hand chosen by us and we have a wide vari...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Sultanabad Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Modern Large Scale Moroccan Early 21st Century Room Size Organic Rug
Located in New York, NY
Wild large scale room size modern Moroccan rug featuring electric colored large abstract motifs on a black field. The wool is the best of its kind and 100 % vegetable dyed. This piec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Organic Modern Moroccan and North...

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Wool

Large Gallery Runner Moroccan Rug Tribal Designed in Red, Ivory and Orange
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large gallery Runner Moroccan rug tribal designed in red, ivory and orange rug 13-0905, country of origin / type: Morocco / Tribal, circa 1940. Tribal design vintage Moroccan rug in...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Large Moroccan Rug with Blossom Design in Light brown and Cream
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage large Moroccan rug with Blossom design in light brown and cream, Moroccan rug with Minimalist design, rug 13-0401, country of origin / type: Morocco / Tribal, circa 1950 Thi...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Large Moroccan Area Rug with Modern Style and Cozy Hygge Vibes
Located in Dallas, TX
80544, contemporary Large Moroccan Area rug with Modern style and Cozy Hygge Vibes. This hand knotted wool contemporary Moroccan area rug features contrasting blue lines running the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Modern Moroccan and North Africa...

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Wool

Large Vintage Moroccan Rug in Off White Background, Black and Brown lines
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Vintage Moroccan Rug in Off White Background, Black and Brown lines. The Moroccan Berber rugs are tribal, Minimalist, and highly praised for their modernist and Folk Art design...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Large Moroccan Area Rug with Boho Chic Organic Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
New Contemporary Large Moroccan Area Rug with Organic Modern Style and Bohemian Hygge Vibes 13’06 x 18’04. ​Blending Primitive charm, ancient symbolism and Folk Art warmth, this hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Organic Modern Moroccan and North...

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Wool

Moroccan Boucherouite Large Rag Rug with Abstract Design in Charcoal and Brown
Located in Atlanta, GA
Moroccan Boucherouite Large Rag Rug with Abstract Design in Charcoal and Brown This Moroccan rag rug is woven with recycled yarn from old fabrics and clothing pieces. The term bouche...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Large Persian Tabriz Design Egyptian Modern Rug. Size: 12 ft x 15 ft 5 in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Large Size Persian Tabriz Design Modern Egyptian Rug, Country of Origin: Egypt, Circa Date: 21st Century / Modern Rug. Size: 12 ft x 15 ft 5 in (3.66 m x 4.7 m).
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21st Century and Contemporary Egyptian Tabriz Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

Large Vintage Moroccan Rug in Diamond Design with Ivory and Brown Outlines
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Vintage Moroccan Rug in Diamond Design with Ivory and Brown Outlines This Moroccan rug has an all-over geometric diamond pattern in Ivory Background with brown and orange outl...
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Vintage 1970s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Large Oversize Ivory Brown Egyptian Rug Persian Tabriz Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a new large oversize Egyptian rug in Persian Tabriz design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s. We manufactured these rugs and the design and colors were hand chosen by u...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Oushak Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Large Oversize Ivory Brown Egyptian Rug Persian Tabriz Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a new large oversize Egyptian rug in Persian Tabriz design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s. We manufactured these rugs and the design and colors were hand chosen by u...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Oushak Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Large Oversize Green Gold Ivory Persian Design Area Rug
Located in New York, NY
This is a new Egyptian rug in Persian design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in the 1990s. We manufactured these rugs and the design and colors were hand chosen by us and we have a wi...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Agra Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Large Oversize Ivory Brown Egyptian Rug Persian Tabriz Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a new large oversize Egyptian rug in Persian Tabriz design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s. We manufactured these rugs and the design and colors were hand chosen by u...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Tabriz Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Large Oversize Ivory Brown Egyptian Rug Persian Tabriz Design
Located in New York, NY
This is a new large oversize Egyptian rug in Persian Tabriz design handwoven in Alexandria, Egypt in 1990s. We manufactured these rugs and the design and colors were hand chosen by u...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Oushak Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

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Large North African Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of large north african rugs available for sale. The range of distinct large north african rugs — often made from fabric, wool and cotton — can elevate any home. There are 53 antique and vintage large north african rugs for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 16 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of large north african rugs available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Large north african rugs bearing Modern or Mid-Century Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Large north african rugs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Berber Tribes of Morocco and Rabat Village Women are consistently popular.

How Much are Large North African Rugs?

Large north african rugs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,125, while the lowest priced sells for $1,200 and the highest can go for as much as $45,000.

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.