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Large and Intricate Soumak Area Rug in Neutral Tones, Beige, Green and Red
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A grid-like, rational design for a soumak area rug in pleasing neutral tones. The soumak brocading technique leaves the wool threads to hang loose on the underside of the rug, which ...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Small Multi-Color Psychedelic Batik High Pile Pop Art Rya Rug, Germany, 1970s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug batik psychedelic Decade: 1970s Origin: Denmark Material: Wool This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Ma...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-Century Modern Rug, Turkish Carpet in Bright Yellow, Red, Blue, Green & Pink
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-Century Modern Rug, Turkish Carpet in Bright Yellow, Red, Blue, Green & Pink. This beautiful Mid-Century rug rests on a saturated yellow background with brilliant accent colors. ...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Pop Art Rya Rug Carpet, Finland, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug usable as floor or wall hanging object Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia, Finland Material: 100% cotton This rug is a gre...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Pop Art Rya Rug Carpet, Finland, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug usable as floor or wall hanging object Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia Finland Material: 100% cotton This rug is a grea...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Modern Red Overdye Carpet
Located in New York, NY
This warm red overdyed Peshawer carpet shows a tone-on-tone pattern of flowering trees and shrubs, within a broad border of cypresses and other trees.
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Vintage 1940s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

  • Modern Red Overdye Carpet
  • Modern Red Overdye Carpet
  • Modern Red Overdye Carpet
  • Modern Red Overdye Carpet
W 120 in. L 169 in.
Neutral beige/white Red & Black shapes by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Art Money Red" This carpet is from the "Art Money Collection" It has vertical two shades of white lines and black, grey, and two shades of red geomatical elements. In...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Angry Design Cream Red Green Wool Rug Carpets CC by Cecilia Setterdahl
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Angry" Design inspired by Cecilia's Fox Terrier and his barking for protection. Lower right hand corner shows his collar. (his name is Magnus). The abrashed look com...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

black/white Wool Rug w/ Red Middle by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Middle" - Big Hand-knotted carpet from New Zealand wool has a strict geometrical design. Carpets CC is the carpet design brand of Cecilia Setterdahl. She uses bold c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Design Red Wool Carpet / Rug, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, - 1960s - Very good original condition (see the pictures) - Professionally cleansed - Comes from a hotel in Prague - jr.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

  • Design Red Wool Carpet / Rug, 1960s
  • Design Red Wool Carpet / Rug, 1960s
  • Design Red Wool Carpet / Rug, 1960s
  • Design Red Wool Carpet / Rug, 1960s
W 38.19 in. L 136.62 in.
Grey Wool Rug w/ red yellow patterns by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "In Between" In Between is inspired by the folds in a curtain. This hand-knotted carpet made in Afghanistan in Merino Wool. Dyed in natural colours Carpets CC is the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Red Pink Cream Black Wool Rug by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Walk in The Garden Red" (Hand Tufted) Our new collection, titled “ Walk in the Garden” is represented by two hand-knotted & two hand-tufted. This is one is in hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Red Pink Cream Black Wool Rug by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Walk in The Garden Red" Our new collection, titled “ Walk in the Garden” is represented by two hand-knotted Carpets, one in Red and the other is Grey. One design, two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Grey Wool Rug with Red Moon & Lines by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Night Out Red" from Freedom Collection This is one of four rugs from the "Freedom Collection" which was inspired by the the author Ms. Yeonmi Park on her escape from ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Grey Wool Rug with Red & Green forms by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Green Dots" This hand-knotted carpet from Nepal is made from Tibetan wool and bamboo silk. It is a playful design with forms of two sheets of coloured paper, one with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Cream Wool Rug, Art Deco Red & Black Colour by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Reaching Out" This hand-knotted Indian carpet from New Zealand wool is inspired by Art Deco vibes and her collaboration with ART MONEY, Denmark. The background is in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Wool rug with graphic blue red white face by Cecilia Setterdahl for Carpets CC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Watching" This is a unique piece, hand-knotted from New Zealand wool. Here Cecilia has worked to make a strict geometrical interpretation of a woman with a 'cheeky' e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Modern Sherkaloo Rectangular Area Rug Carpet 1980s Red Brown Blue Orange
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful Sherkaloo rectangular area rug or carpet, with a striped pattern, circa 1980s. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 77" L x 40" W.   
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Vintage 1980s More Carpets

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Natural Fiber

"Court Series" Key 2 Rug by Pieces, Modern Hand-Tufted Pink Red Colorful Carpet
By Pieces
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The “Court Series” rugs are hand tufted with blended wool and viscose material dyed in hyper-saturated colors, with tennis court-like geometries represented both via overlaid graphic...
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2010s Indian Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Red Fringes Rug
By DSV Carpets
Located in Milan, IT
An exquisite accessory, this Red Fringes Rug is crafted in India using the Iranian 10 by 10 knotting technique (100 knots per square inch). With the pile in pure 100% Chinese silk an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Textile

  • Red Fringes Rug
  • Red Fringes Rug
  • Red Fringes Rug
  • Red Fringes Rug
W 98.43 in. L 118.12 in.
Vintage Red Overdyed Carpet
Located in New York, NY
This distressed and orange-red overdyed carpet shows several random vertical, ecru zig-zags dominating a black squiggle pattern. A strong color splash.
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Vintage 1940s Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Red Overdyed Carpet
  • Vintage Red Overdyed Carpet
  • Vintage Red Overdyed Carpet
  • Vintage Red Overdyed Carpet
W 84 in. L 123 in.
Natural Tanner Red Colored Leather Rug
By Sitap Carpet Couture
Located in Milan, IT
Ideal as a leather rug in the middle of any living space, the Natural Tanner piece will create a warm and cosy environment. As these items are made of natural leather, their sizes an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Western European Rugs

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Leather

21st Cent. Modern Red Persian Sultanabad Carpet
Located in Norwalk, CT
21st century modern (2010s) Persian Sultanabad rug with a beige/earth tone all-over design on a red/rust field. Measures 8.01x10.02.
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2010s Persian Sultanabad Persian Rugs

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Wool

Modern Handwoven Red Kilim Rug with Minimalist Design
By Boccara
Located in Paris, Ile de France
Modern handwoven red Kilim rug with Minimalist design Dimensions: 446 x 306 cm/ 14.6 x 10 ft.  
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2010s Egyptian Kilim More Carpets

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Wool

Midcentury Geometric Carpet or Rug
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Good original condition - Cleaned.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Textile

  • Midcentury Geometric Carpet or Rug
  • Midcentury Geometric Carpet or Rug
  • Midcentury Geometric Carpet or Rug
  • Midcentury Geometric Carpet or Rug
W 97.25 in. L 137.8 in.
Doll's Eyes Handknotted Carpet by Laroque Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Doll's eyes handknotted carpet by Laroque Studio Dimensions: 100x80 cm Materials: Acrylic Quality: 500.000 dots It would be nearly impossible to name just one idea that inspire...
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2010s Italian Modern More Carpets

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Acrylic

Vintage Rug Overdyed in Red Color - Wool Carpet for Modern Interiors - 4x7.4 Ft
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage Turkish rug over-dyed in red color. Finely hand knotted, low wool pile on cotton foundation. Deep washed. Sturdy and can be used on a high traffic area.
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20th Century Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Organic Midcentury Carpet / Tapestry, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s, Czechoslovakia - Good original condition.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Textile

Grey Wool Rug w/ Cat Red Black Green by Cecilia Setterdahl for CarpetsCC
By Carpets CC
Located in Dubai, AE
Design Title: "Sleepy Cat" This playful carpet is hand knotted in India from New Zealand wool and depicts a full frontal view of a cat. This carpet has no fringes, but whiskers are ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

21st Century Carpet Rug Eclectic Florem Vol II Wool and Silk, Pink, Red, Beige
By Illulian
Located in Milan, IT
It’s a playful hand-knotted rug made with Himalayan wool and natural silk, inspired by flora and organic shapes with vibrant colors and stylistic geometries that reflect artist’s ecl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern More Carpets

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Wool, Silk

Mid-Century Modern Dhurrie Rectangular Area Rug Carpet Red Green Brown
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a lovely, rectangular, Indian Dhurrie area rug or carpet. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 104 L x 68.5" W.   
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Vintage 1970s Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Natural Fiber

Abstract Design Modernist Midcentury Carpet/Rug, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Germany - Good original condition (see the photos).
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Stefano Giovannoni Carpet Model Omino by l+l, Italy
By I+I, Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Milan, Italy
'Omino' carpet in wool knotted by hand designed by Stefano Giovannoni and produced by I+I, Italy in 2008. Limited edition 3+1 p.a. Signed and numbered 1/3.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Handmade Carpet Modern Patchwork Area Rug Oriental Red Wool Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This handmade carpet. Oriental patterned rug is a combination of various hand knotted colorful pieces to create a patchwork rug, this luxury rug has been deliberately cut into small ...
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1990s Afghan Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Handknotted Patchwork Rug in Red Tones
Located in New York, NY
This vintage hand-knotted Patchwork design rug is made of the finest hand-carded, hand-spun wool, and crafted by village artisan weavers in Turkey. Custom sizes and colors available....
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Midcentury Swedish Red Carpet, 1960s
Located in Malmo, SE
A vibrant red midcentury carpet made in Sweden during the 1960s. The carpet is made with double weave technique and is in very good vintage condition. Perfect piece to bring some col...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

9x12 Ft Solid Red Color Vintage Turkish Rug. Wool Carpet for Modern Interiors
Located in Philadelphia, PA
9x12 Ft. A midcentury Turkish rug re-dyed in red color. Finely hand knotted, low wool pile on cotton foundation. Deep washed. Sturdy and can be used on a high traffic area, suitable ...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Czechoslovakian Rug Carpet by Antonin Kybal, 1930s
By Antonín Kybal 1
Located in Wien, AT
A rug produced in former Czechoslovakia. Designed by Antonin Kybal in the early 1930s. Made of hand-knotted sheep wool. The carpet was cleaned. Very nice vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Textured Modern Lines Red Handmade Rug in Himalayan Wool by Philippe Malouin
By Philippe Malouin
Located in New York, NY
Lines by Philippe Malouin lines began through experimenting and sketching with wax crayons. Philippe Malouin instinctively traced parallel lines and focused on the irregularity creat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Antique Rug Handmade Carpet Red Rug Medallion Carpet Area Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This elegant handwoven wool area rug features a traditional medallion design, woven in the 1950s. This piece is sure to uplift any room it is introduced too. The highly-decorative ce...
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Mid-20th Century Azerbaijani Mid-Century Modern Caucasian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Pair of Wool Design Abstract Geometric Carpets / Rugs, 1960s
By Antonín Kybal 1
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, - 1960s - Very good original condition (see the pictures) - Professionally cleansed - jr.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Beautiful Swiss Midcentury Scandinavian Ege Rya Carpet / Rug, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Switzerland, RYA - Marked by label - Really perfect orginal condition!! - Looks wasn't be using much.
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Natural White Wool Rug with Red Accent Stripe
By Joseph Carini Carpets
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated, unusual, and endlessly appealing, a Sumak rug is a conversation starter. Sumak is a type of flat-weave requires the work of very skilled artisans, it appears similar t...
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2010s Nepalese Organic Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Modern Bold White, Red, Yellow, Black and Blue Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection modern bold white, red, yellow, black and blue flat-woven wool rug Size: 10'1" × 15'3" (307 × 464 cm) Contemporary carpets continue to be present in ou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Contemporary Textured Red And Pink Rug Handwoven Wool
By Joseph Carini Carpets
Located in New York, NY
Bold and daring this handmade runner rug has bright pinks, deep browns and red accents - The design, which is reminiscent of Camo patterns was inspired by abstract forms in nature me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Organic Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Wool

Mid-Century Modern Style Rug in Gray Red Pictorial Pattern by Rug & Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Made with a unique blend of hand knotted New Zealand wool, all natural silk, and exotic proprietary yarns as a 4 x 4 square rug, this Mid-Century Modern rug hails from the titular Mi...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool, Silk, Yarn

Vintage Swedish Rya Carpet, Handmade, circa 1960, Wool Pile
Located in New York, NY
1960s Swedish Rya carpet with a colorful, plush wool pile. The pile used to make this carpet is similar to Moroccan carpets
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Modern Carpet Saltanabad Floral Rug- Red Ziegler Style Living Room Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This traditional Ziegler rug is one of our more luxurious rugs made on looms by master weavers of Afghan rugs. This cream rug is made with or all handspun wool, with the color coming...
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Early 2000s Afghan Sultanabad Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Mid-Century Modern Style Circle Rug in Red Art Deco Pattern by Rug & Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted with a bend of New Zealand wool, natural silk, and exotic yarns, this 6 x 6 circle rug hails from the Mid-Century Modern rug collection by Rug & Kilim—a bold exploration...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Labirinto Red Carpet by Gio Ponti
By Amini, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
The symmetry of the pattern, the contrasts between the backgrounds, and the drawing bestow depth to the Labirinto carpet. An intriguing three-dimensional pattern originally designed ...
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2010s Italian Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Textile

  • Labirinto Red Carpet by Gio Ponti
  • Labirinto Red Carpet by Gio Ponti
  • Labirinto Red Carpet by Gio Ponti
  • Labirinto Red Carpet by Gio Ponti
W 118.12 in. L 98.43 in.
Mid-Century Modernist Carpet After Artist Adolph Gottlieb. Size: 6 ft x 8 ft
By (After) Adolph Gottlieb
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury carpet after Artist Adolph Gottlieb, Country of origin: India, Circa: Mid-20th century. Size: 6 ft x 8 ft (1.83 m x 2.44 m) Originally considered one of the pioneers of t...
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20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Mid-Century Modern Style Circle Rug in Red Art Deco Pattern by Rug & Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
hand knotted with a bend of New Zealand wool, natural silk, and exotic yarns, this 6x6 circle rug hails from the Mid-Century Modern rug collection by Rug & Kilim—a bold exploration o...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Red Modern Contemporary Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Hand knotted rug with a floral design on a red field. This rug has magnificent detailing and would be perfect for any room. Measures: 6'2" x 9'2".
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Red Modern Contemporary Rug
  • Red Modern Contemporary Rug
  • Red Modern Contemporary Rug
  • Red Modern Contemporary Rug
W 74 in. L 110 in.
Red Wool and Silk Hi-Low Pile Modern Abstract Design Hand Knotted Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This is a truly genuine one-of-a-kind red wool and silk hi-low pile modern abstract design hand knotted rug. It has been knotted for months and months in the centuries-old Persian we...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern More Carpets

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Wool, Silk

Kilim Rug Contemporary Modern Brick Red Olive Green Flat-Woven Carpet Ariana
Located in Lohr, Bavaria, DE
A large room sized Kilim rug with geometric design, handwoven in Afghanistan. It is made of high end quality wool - hand spun, hand dyed with all vegetable dyes, flat-woven by master...
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2010s Afghan Kilim Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Red Beni Mrirt Carpet, Berber Moroccan Rug with Modern Tribal Style
By Beni Mrirt, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20896, vintage red Beni Mrirt carpet, Berber Moroccan rug with Modern Tribal style. Featuring a luminous fiery glow, rich waves of abrash, and luxury underfoot, this hand knotted woo...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Red Modern Tibetan Handmade Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful modern Tibetan hand knotted wool rug with a red field. This Tibetan rug has accents of brown in a gorgeous all-over French Botanical Floral design. This rug measures 9' ...
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2010s Tibetan Tibetan Persian Rugs

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Wool

Hand-Tufted Nanimarquina Flying Carpet 1 Rug in Red, Large
By Nanimarquina, Ana Mir & Emili Padros
Located in New York, NY
"More than just a simple rug, the flying carpet offers a relaxing and soft topography to dream. A comfortable three-dimensional space to sit and stretch out. Perfect for homes and pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Modern Abstract Shag Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern shag wool rya rug, produced in Sweden circa 1960s, with abstract designs in tones of burgundy, red, orange and yellow. Good vintage condition. 11103
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Red Modern Persian Gabbeh Handmade Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful contemporary Persian Gabbeh hand knotted wool rug with a red gradient color field. This Gabbeh rug has a gorgeous Geometric abstract design. This rug measures 10'10" x 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

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Modern Red Carpets For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of modern red carpets is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique modern red carpets was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and cotton. We have 283 antique and vintage modern red carpets in-stock, while there are 337 modern editions to choose from as well. Modern red carpets have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern modern red carpets are consistently popular styles. There have been many well-made modern red carpets over the years, but those made by Rug & Kilim, Berber Tribes of Morocco and Nanimarquina are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Modern Red Carpets?

Prices for modern red carpets start at $225 and top out at $48,000 with the average selling for $3,036.

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.