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Vintage Persian Mahal Area Rug with Eclectic Modern Northwestern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
76355 Vintage Persian Mahal Area Rug with Eclectic Modern Northwestern Style 09'03 x 12'07. This hand knotted wool vintage Persian Mahal rug features a lively all-over geometric flor...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Aesthetic Movement Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Runner
Located in New York, NY
A one of a kind vintage Persian Heriz runner.
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Vintage 1930s Persian Tudor Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Sarouk, circa 1940
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The deep navy field in this antique Persian Sarouk handwoven rug has a marvelous display of flowers sitting at either end of the rug in a pale blue vase. The central floral design ad...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

White Distressed Vintage Khotan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid-20th century weather textured or distressed East Turkestan Khotan rug.
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Mid-20th Century East Turkestani Khotan Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Handmade Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug With Silk, 1980s, 1Q0031
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Handmade vintage Tabriz style rug with silk highlights. The rug is in original good condition from the end of 20th century. - Condition: original good, - circa 1980s, - Size...
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Vintage 1980s Indian Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A vintage Persian hand knotted wool rug with an ivory field and tan all-over design. This rug measures 5'9" x 9'0".
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Vintage 1930s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 69 in. L 108 in.
Vintage Persian Mahi Design Tabriz Rug with Traditional Style
Located in Dallas, TX
This hand-knotted wool vintage Mahi Design Persian Tabriz rug features a center medallion with an allover pattern surrounded by a classic border creating a well-balanced and timeless...
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Late 20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Vintage Turkish Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A vintage Turkish hand knotted wool rug with a rust-colored field and all-over geometric design. This rug measures 6'8" x 11'5".
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Antique 1660s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Vintage Turkish Rug
  • Vintage Turkish Rug
  • Vintage Turkish Rug
  • Vintage Turkish Rug
W 80 in. L 137 in.
Late 19th Century Vintage Serapi Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful antique Serapi rug, hand knotted wool with a rust field and blue and beige accent with a center medallion design, circa 1890s This rug measures 9' 7" x 14' 7".
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Early 20th Century Serapi Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Mashad Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Rich in color, texture and beguiling ambiance, this Vintage Persian Mashad rug beautifully displays timeless elegance and regal charm. An impressice testament to traditional Persian ...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Mashad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mashad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mashad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mashad Rug
W 122 in. L 153 in.
Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
An excellent creation of Kashan rug that features a penny-worth impact from its every design. At its core, majestically presents a detailed floral theme, motifs, and leafy scrolls. A...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
W 129 in. L 172 in.
Vintage Persian Isfahan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Isfahan is pile-woven wool that features a spectacular blue hue that makes it stand out from the crowd. Every detailed embellishment and motif is meticulously created together with t...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Vintage Persian Isfahan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Isfahan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Isfahan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Isfahan Rug
W 153 in. L 226 in.
Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This luxurious Tabriz revival is nothing shy of elegance and artistry. A traditional creation encompasses the beauty and sophistication of traditional Persian designs in cream and br...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
W 135 in. L 195 in.
Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A majestic revival of Egyptian Sultanabad was made from hand-spun wool and woven meticulously. All the blooming palmettes, leafy tendrils, and sophisticated florid borders are matche...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kashan Rug
W 117 in. L 158 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful vintage Persian hand-knotted design rug will make your floor look splendid. This collection is made in wool. It's measures are: 9'.9 x 13' This vintage Persian rug wa...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 117 in. L 156 in.
Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This exquisite and classy Kerman rug incorporating the borders that reflect the intricacy and colors that can be seen in the field of allover leafy tendrils and elegant florets. This...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
W 114 in. L 168 in.
Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This antique Kerman features a tan ground with umber, soft brown and pale teal tones. The elaborate curvilinear design elements include an open medallion with pendants, vase spandrel...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kerman Rug
W 93 in. L 120 in.
Vintage Persian Bakhtiari Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Bakhtiari Garden Design rug woven in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. This garden design rug uses vibrant colors to create square compartments filled with natural motives, suc...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Bakhtiari Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A charming and unique vintage Persian Bakhtiari with a beautifully designed all-over floral design. The black field is the perfect backdrop for the bright and lively pink and red flo...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Persian rug features a large-scale, multicolored red and coral floral design complemented by a center medallion. Measures: 4'2 x 6'5. List Price: $3,750 Sale Price: ...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tribal Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
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  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 50 in. L 77 in.
Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Exemplary Mahal antique carpets, such as this one, are preferred by many for their originality and inspired artistry. Therefore, rugs like this have forged an important niche in toda...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
  • Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
W 122 in. L 208 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This antique Heriz has a brick-red ground with deep indigo and ivory, pale blue and rose accents. It features a characteristic geometric lobbed medallion with pendants and complex sp...
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Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 84 in. L 121 in.
Vintage Persian Joshegan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Woven of Classic Persian reds and blues, this hand knotted vintage Joshegan came from the early 20th century Rug number: 27672 Size: 10' 1" x 16' 5" Design reference: Josh...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Joshegan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Joshegan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Joshegan Rug
  • Vintage Persian Joshegan Rug
W 121 in. L 197 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Kerman carpet from the mid-20th century featuring a 'gol farang (foreign flower)' motif encompassed in a spiral brushstroke motif.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 75 in. L 113 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A vintage hand knotted wool rug with a tan field and all-over design. This rug measures 6'9" x 10'1".    
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Vintage 1930s Persian Adam Style Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 81 in. L 121 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Vintage Persian
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Vintage 1940s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 53 in. L 83 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid 20th century Persian Vintage.
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20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

  • Vintage Persian Rug
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  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 25 in. L 31 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Buchanan, NY
Wonderful vintage rug with floral and geometric designs in reds and blues. This rug is for RENTAL ONLY
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Early 20th Century Turkish Persian Rugs

Vintage Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid-20th century Persian carpet from the city of Tabriz with a modern design.
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Vintage 1960s Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 122 in. L 165 in.
Vintage Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid 20th century Persian Vintage.
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20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Rug
  • Vintage Persian Rug
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  • Vintage Persian Rug
W 109 in. L 146 in.
Fine Vintage Persian Hamedan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Hamedan is a pile woven that features a neutral color of embellishments and motifs that brings an impressive balance of Mid-Century Modern decor to Traditional Design. An interior th...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Yalameh Shiraz Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This antique Yalameh rug in deep red, blue, green, black, and ivory tones. The field pattern consists of rectangular compartments with latch-hook diamond medallions and varied fill m...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Jejim Kilim Flat-Weave Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
The world of antique rugs and Kilims is one with a long and complex history, the fruits of which are the wonderful antique rugs and Kilims that have survived over the decades and the...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Rug Paisley Design
Located in Norwalk, CT
A fine handmade cream color lambs wool persian rug with an allover paisley pattern.
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Vintage 1940s Persian Rugs

Museum Quality Vintage Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A rare, super fine 1950 silk persian rug with vibrant colors and organic design. Handmade, never walked on, always hung for decoration.
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Vintage 1950s Persian Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Persian Kashan
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A remarkable revival of Kashan rug that features a penny-worth impact from its every design. At its core, majestically presents a detailed floral theme and leafy scrolls. An effortle...
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Early 20th Century Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
W 130 in. L 174 in.
Vintage Persian Kashan
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
An outstanding masterpiece of Kashan rug that features a penny-worth impact from its every design. At its core, majestically presents a detailed floral theme and leafy scrolls. An ef...
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Vintage 1940s Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
  • Vintage Persian Kashan
W 120 in. L 195 in.
Vintage Persian Malayer
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This Persian Malayer has bold and eye catching geometric shapes and patterns. In Malayer and the small villages surrounding it, production was mostly done by individual weavers in th...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
W 45 in. L 68 in.
Vintage Persian Malayer
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A charming diamond medallion takes front and center on this vintage Persian Malayer. Distinct red and blue colors also take center stage and are common colors in Malayer rugs. This p...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
  • Vintage Persian Malayer
W 51 in. L 81 in.
Vintage Persian Rug with European Design
Located in New York, NY
A custom ordered vintage Persian Tabriz carpet influenced by European design.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Aubusson Persian Rugs

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Cotton, Wool

1950s Midcentury Gabbeh Rug Red and Beige-Brown Vintage Persian Floral
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted by the Gabbeh Persian tribal weavers circa 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury floral rug enjoys a rich play of warm color and inviting repetition, juxtaposing a burnt re...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Rustic Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Beige Wool Kilim with Distinct Green and Red Striped Pattern Rug
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from Pakistan in the 1950s, this modern transitional wool Kilim is of a unique family woven in vertical panels, each of the four panels employing their own variation of a...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Kilim Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Kashan Style Allover Design
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A fabulous masterpiece of Kashan rug that features a penny-worth impact from its every design. At its core, majestically presents a detailed floral theme and leafy scrolls. An effort...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

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Wool

Distressed Vintage Persian Rug with Repeating Vines Pattern
Located in Atlanta, GA
This Persian rug is one-of-a-kind with a distressed finish that emphasizes an antique look imbued with old-world charm. Featuring a modern, yet rustic, design aesthetic, this piece f...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Persian rug features a center medallion design in a neutral color palette with brown outlines. Measures: 3.3 x 5.0.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Lilihan Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Persian rug features a center medallion design in a neutral color palette with brown outlines. Measures: 4'3 x 6'9.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Persian rug features a center medallion design in a neutral color palette with brown outlines. Colors include yellow, gold, lavender and blue. Measures: 3'0 x 4'9. List ...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Beige and Blue Wool Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from Pakistan, this modern transitional wool kilim is of a unique family woven in vertical panels, each of the four with their own variation of a minimalist geometric des...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Kilim Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Hamadan Accent Rug, Small Persian Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
76219, vintage Persian Hamadan Accent rug, small Persian rug. This vibrant Persian Hamadan rug with modern style features a stylized central medallion rendered in hues of hot pink, m...
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Late 20th Century Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Hamadan Accent Rug, Small Persian Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
76218, vintage Persian Hamadan Accent rug, small Persian rug. This vibrant Persian Hamadan rug with modern style features a stylized central medallion rendered in hues of hot pink, m...
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Late 20th Century Persian Modern Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Tabriz Distressed Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This Tabriz rug has a pile weave texture. This vintage distressed Persian Tabriz rug pattern consists of medallions surrounded by arabesques. Rug number: 27103 Size: 9' 1" x ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kerman Distressed Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Like many vintage Kerman Distressed rugs, this one is beautifully ornate and skillfully woven, holding a mature beauty that draws and captivates. This distressed Kerman rug features ...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Beige and Multicolor Wool Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from Pakistan, this modern transitional wool kilim is of a unique family woven in vertical panels, each of the five with their own variation of a minimalist geometric des...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Kilim Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful vintage Persian hand-knotted design rug will make your floor look splendid. This collection is made in wool. It measures are: 4'5 x 13' This vintage Persian rug was ma...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
W 53 in. L 156 in.
Vintage Persian Bidjar Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful vintage Persian Bidjar rug with a diamond medallion with a stylized floral pattern amidst a field of more stylized flowers and surrounded by a stylized floral and scrolli...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Tribal Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Tabriz rug Size: 9'1" × 12'10" (276 × 391 cm) An early 20th century antique Tabriz rug from Northwest Persia, the abrashed brown field with an ornate all-over desig...
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Early 20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Tabriz Rug
W 109 in. L 154 in.
Vintage Persian Bidjar Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful vintage Persian Bidjar rug with a diamond floral medallion woven in red, pink, green, yellow, and light indigo against solid dark indigo background, and surrounded by a f...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Mid-Century Modern Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful vintage Persian Heriz rug woven with a central floral medallion amidst a field of more bold stylized flowers, and surrounded by a wide floral and leaf pattered border, al...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 77 in. L 116 in.
Vintage Persian Meshad Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Meshad rug Size: 11'8" × 15'10" (355 × 482 cm) This early 20th century antique Persian rug features all-over beige floral abstractions over a field of ice blue. The...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Meshad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Meshad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Meshad Rug
  • Vintage Persian Meshad Rug
W 140 in. L 190 in.
Vintage Persian Kirman Rug
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Kerman rugs, the most imaginative of all antique Persian urban rugs. Kerman city is the seat of Kerman province in SE Persia and is situated about 2000 feet in elevation. Weaving has...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Kirman Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Kirman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kirman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kirman Rug
  • Vintage Persian Kirman Rug
W 122 in. L 157 in.
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Vintage Persian Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of vintage Persian rugs for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique vintage Persian rugs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and silk. Find 2842 antique and vintage vintage Persian rugs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 15 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Vintage Persian rugs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Vintage Persian rugs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are often sought at 1stDibs. If space is limited, there are small vintage Persian rugs measuring 10 inches across. Vintage Persian rugs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Mehraban Rugs, Rug & Kilim and Keivan Woven Arts are consistently popular.

How Much are Vintage Persian Rugs?

Vintage Persian rugs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $3,628, while the lowest priced sells for $119 and the highest can go for as much as $226,000.

Finding the Right Persian Rugs for You

Make a bold statement in a living room or bedroom by incorporating vintage Persian rugs in your home decor.

The fascination with Persian rugs dates at least as far back as the 4th century B.C., when historian Xenophon referred to the “soft rugs on which the Persians sit.” For centuries, Iran (modern-day Persia) has been known for the craftsmanship, intricate patterns and artistry of its carpets, which have found their way into households and museums around the world.

Although they have many imitators, real Persian rugs are made only in Iran and are easily recognized by their vibrant colors and elegant patterns.

Traditional, or antique, Persian rugs are what most people identify as “authentic.” Hand-made, they are very durable and, if properly cared for, can be passed down from generation to generation. Modern Persians, on the other hand, are often machine-made. Although this production process is much faster and cheaper, the resulting rugs typically do not have the same quality or lifespan as handwoven ones, so traditional options are considered better investments.

To distinguish between the two, look for imperfections. Because traditional Persian rugs are handwoven, you will likely see small flaws on the front and back. With a machine-made imitation, on the other hand, you will probably not find stitching glitches, and the back will have a mesh or plastic covering.

Antique rugs are handmade from the finest materials, including wool, silk or cotton — never synthetic fibers. The fibers used in antique rugs are colored using natural dyes derived from insects and plants and woven into bold designs that reflect Iran’s culture and history. Since Persian tribes traditionally raised and herded sheep, wool was the most common material. The fiber has many advantages: It is fire-resistant and dries much more quickly than cotton. Also, because of its natural elasticity, it is more durable than cotton or silk. Regarded as works of art, Persian rugs can take months or years to complete.

When shopping for vintage Persian rugs, you'll want to consider color, size and more — for a history of these rugs and tips on how to style yours, visit our guide to these woven creations today.

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