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Large Green Whimsical Turkish Vintage Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
Turkish pile shag rug with an all-over box motif on a green abrashed field. Each box has its own character and charm giving it a mature and masculine feel to the entire rug. Some of ...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Shag rug with flat-woven Kilim ends from the late 20th century. Measures: 3' 1" x 5' 10"
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Late 20th Century Persian Bohemian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 37 in. L 70 in.
Vintage Turkish Filiki Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
Fun and colorful long haired angora-goat Filiki rug, handwoven in the villages of Central Anatolia in the middle part of the 20th century.  
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Late 20th Century Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Purple Green Vintage Turkish Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind Turkish Konya rug in green and purple.
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20th Century Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Shabby Chic Vintage Tulu Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
A fun Turkish Tulu rug with a Minimalist style pattern .
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20th Century Turkish Futurist Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Geometric Purple Green Vintage Turkish Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind Turkish Konya rug in green and purple. Measures: 3'9” x 5'.
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20th Century Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Wild Vintage Turkish Tulu Bohemian Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
An electrical colored mid-20th century Turkish Tulu Shag Yatak rug. These type of rugs were originally woven to be used as beds. Nowadays these are used as floor coverings, primary f...
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20th Century Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Shag Rug, circa 1930s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a vintage Scandinavian shag rug from the 1930s. It is truly a unique piece signed by the designer and dated 1931. It features skillfully arranged color blocks, with smaller c...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Handmade Sunflower Rya Shag Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Put some sunshine on the floor! You can't help but smile when you see this bright and cheerful rug, yet the colors are just subdued enough not to jump out at you. Hand-hooked of wool...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Yarn

Vintage Tulu Shag Rug Blue Yellow Multicolor Stripe Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in wool originating from Turkey circa 1950-1960, this vintage rug hails from the midcentury Tulu rug family, known for lively, playful shag rug style and textural approa...
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Vintage 1950s Asian Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Fine Vintage European Wool Shag Rugs, circa 1950s
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Fine vintage European wool Shag rugs, circa 1950s Design: Checkers Machine made A shag is a rug or carpet that has a deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance. The name deriv...
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Vintage 1950s English Other Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Cream Beige-Brown Shag Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey originating between 1950-1960, this vintage midcentury Tulu rug offers a distinguished shag pile height with an inviting, plush texture, complemented by the wa...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Abstract Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, Moroccan Shag Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20507, vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite rug, Shag Accent rug. This colorful vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite rug features an all-over rod pattern. The rods unite to form diag...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, Moroccan Shag Accent Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20501, vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite rug, shag accent rug. Infuse wanderlust and tribal style with this vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite rug. An array of colors unite crea...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Shag Pile Mohair Tulu Rug, One of a Kind Colorful Runner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This vintage handmade rug is called "Flikli" in Turkey which is a word for a "flokati" style shag pile (Tulu) handmade rugs produced for daily use by villagers around Karapinar in Ce...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Mohair

Hand Knotted Vintage Tulu Rug Beige Brown Shag Pile Geometric Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in wool originating from Turkey circa 1950-1960, this vintage rug hails from the mid-century Tulu rug family, known for lively, playful shag rug style and comfortable, t...
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Vintage 1950s Asian Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug Runner, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20470, vintage Berber Moroccan rug runner. A fiery shade of red provides a beautiful backdrop for the varied color diamonds that overlay this hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Morocca...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, Colorful Moroccan Shag Accent Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
74802 Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, Colorful Moroccan Shag Accent Rug 03'07 x 04'02. This hand-knotted vintage Berber Moroccan rug displays the true talent of the Berber ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Shag Turkish Runner
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Turkish shag pile runner.
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20th Century Turkish Steampunk Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

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W 34 in. L 116 in.
Powder Blue Abstract Vintage Turkish Tulu Mid-20th Century Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Turkish Tulu Shag rug. Powder blue field, ivory, black, aqua blue accents. Measures: 4'11" x 7'.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Rug Runner, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20579 vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite rug, Moroccan Shag Hallway Runner. Bring high energy and spirit to nearly any space with hues from Mother Nature's colors woven into this v...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Red Moroccan Rug, Berber Shag Rug with Retro Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
21015, vintage red Moroccan rug, Berber shag rug with Retro modern style. This hand knotted wool vintage red Moroccan rug emanates function and versatility while staying true to the ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Turkish Medallion Shag Rug with Transylvanian Anatolian Style
Located in Dallas, TX
73223, vintage Turkish Medallion Shag rug with Transylvanian Anatolian style. This hand knotted wool vintage Turkish Oushak rug beautifully highlights Anatolian and Transylvanian des...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Shag Pile Mohair Wool Tulu Central Anatolian Rug in Saffron Yellow
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This vintage handmade rug is called "Flikli" in Turkey which is a word for a "flokati" style shag pile (Tulu) handmade rugs produced for daily use by villagers around Karapinar in Ce...
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Vintage 1970s Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Mohair

Fine Vintage Swedish Shag Rug/Carpet, Hand Knotted, circa 1950s
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Fine vintage Swedish Shag rug/carpet, hand knotted, circa 1950s Design: Shag rug, Art Deco Carpets and rugs have been handmade knotted wool in Sweden for centuries, taking on m...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Art Deco Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Lime Green Red Accent Vintage Turkish Hand Knotted 20th Century Shag Rug
Located in New York, NY
A sweet decorative Turkish shag rug from the mid-20th century. Measures: 3'2" x 4'4".
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, Berber Moroccan Shag Wide Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20573, vintage Moroccan Boucherouite rug, Berber Moroccan Shag wide hallway runner. Dark shades of the colors woven into this vintage Moroccan Boucherouite rug work together to creat...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Midcentury Vintage Ege Rug All-Over Orange Red Purple Wool Shag Pile
Located in Long Island City, NY
Antique and vintage, this Danish Ege relies on a wool fabrication for its cozy-and-colorful approach to rug making that is as welcoming as it is artistic. Created in Denmark circa 19...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Tribal Boho Chic Style, Accent Shag Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
21070, vintage Berber Moroccan rug with Tribal boho chic style, accent Shag rug. This hand knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features two concentric triangles flanked with a c...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Shag Rug, Hallway Runner with Bohemian Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20939, vintage Berber Moroccan rug, shag hallway runner with Bohemian. This hand knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features mauve hues with beige striations running selvage to...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Bohemian Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Rug, Danish Design Shag Tapestry
Located in Dallas, TX
77046 Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Rug, Danish Design Shag Tapestry. With it's abstract lunar pattern and warm earthy colors, this hand-knotted wool vintage Swedish Eg...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20379 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Shag Hallway Runner 04'02 x 08'08. A fiery shade of red provides a beautiful backdrop for the varied color diamonds that overlay ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Small Vintage Scandinavian Shag Rya Rug. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 5 in
Located in New York, NY
Small vintage Swedish Scandinavian Shag Rya rug, country of origin: Scandinavia, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 5 in (1.37 m x 1.96 m) Scandinavians have a le...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Shag Rug, Danish Design Tapestry
Located in Dallas, TX
77255 Scandinavian Modern style Vintage Ege Rya rug, Danish design Shag Tapestry. With its bold lunar pattern and warm colors, this hand knotted wool vintage Swedish Ege Rya rug is r...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Indigo Blue Beni Mrirt Moroccan Rug, Berber Shag Rug with Abstract Style
By Beni Mrirt, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20935, vintage Indigo blue Beni Mrirt Moroccan rug, Berber Shag rug with abstract style. With its plush pile, large field of blue hues, and painterly-like brush strokes, this hand kn...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Expressionist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Solid Red Beni Mrirt Moroccan Rug, Berber Shag Rug with Abstract Style
By Beni Mrirt, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20951, vintage solid red Beni Mrirt Moroccan rug, Berber Shag rug with abstract style. Featuring a luminous fiery glow, rich waves of abrash, and luxury underfoot, this hand knotted ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Scandinavian Rya Shag Rug. Size: 8 ft 2 in x 11 ft 4 in
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Scandinavian vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug, country of origin: Sweden, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 8 ft 2 in x 11 ft 4 in (2.49 m x 3.45 m).
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

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Wool

Vintage Modern Design Shag Tufted Rug in Burnt Orange, Brown and Green Tones
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Modern Design rug with Shag Pile in burnt orange, brown and green tones. This particular vintage rug features a beautiful blended modern design, inspired by nature in conjun...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Runner with Bold Abstract Expressionism Style, Shag Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20914, vintage Berber Moroccan runner with bold abstract expressionism style, Shag rug hallway runner 03'09 x 10'01. With its saturated carmine glaze, rich waves of abrash, and bold ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Expressionist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Azilal Rug with Postmodern Memphis Style, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20136 Vintage Moroccan Azilal Runner with Postmodern Memphis Style, Shag Hallway Runner 04'06 x 10'04. This hand-knotted wool vintage Moroccan Azilal rug runner features a royal blue...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Postmodern Tribal Style, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20059 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Postmodern Tribal Style, Shag Hallway Runner. This hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug with tribal style is composed of triangles, di...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Colorful Vintage Moroccan Berber Shag Rug. Size: 4 ft 8 in x 8 ft 3 in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful and colorful Vintage Moroccan Berber Shag rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Moroccan Rugs, Circa Date: Third Quarter of The 20th century. Size: 4 ft 8 in x 8 ft 3 in (1.42...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Boucherouite Moroccan Shag Rug, Hallway Runner with Tribal Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
77356, Vintage Berber Boucherouite Moroccan runner with Postmodern Tribal style, Shag Hallway runner 04'04 x 10'00. This hand knotted wool vintage Berber Boucherouite Moroccan runner...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style and Danish Design
Located in Dallas, TX
77043, vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug with Scandinavian modern style and Danish design. This vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug with Scandinavian modern style is rich in texture and will add...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

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Wool

Ivory and Black Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Shag Rug. Size: 6' 4" x 13' 7"
Located in New York, NY
Magnificently Soft and Tribal Ivory and Black Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Shag Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: Mid-20th Century. Size: 6 ft 4 in x 13 ft 7 in (1.93 m x 4.14 m) Here is...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Modern 3x6 Floral Shag Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Swedish Modern 3x6 Floral Shag Rya Rug
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Carpets

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Fabric

Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft 4 in (1.52 m x 1.93 m)
Located in New York, NY
Colorful and funky vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug, Country of origin: Sweden, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft 4 in (1.52 m x 1.93 m) This colorful Swedish rya shag rug ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

1950s Vintage Midcentury Moroccan Rug Beige Cream and Black Geometric Shag Pile
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Morocco originating between 1950-1960, this midcentury Moroccan rug enjoys both exceptional condition and a rare gallery size seldom seen in a vintage Moroccan rug of...
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Vintage 1950s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style with Pop of Color
By Ege Rya
Located in Dallas, TX
77042 vintage Swedish Rya shag rug with Scandinavian Modern style with pop of color. This vintage Swedish Rya shag rug with Scandinavian Modern style is rich in texture and will add ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Runner, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20360 Vintage Berber Moroccan Runner, Shag Hallway Runner. Primary and pastel hues of the colors woven into this vintage Berber Moroccan rug work together to create a truly unique lo...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Orange Mid-20th Century Century Modern Orange Vintage Turkish Shag
Located in New York, NY
A Turkish Konya shag rug featuring an intense orange color, circa mid-20th century. Measures: 3'4" x 4'3".
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Bohemian Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Folk Art Vintage German Shag Rug. Size: 7 ft 10 in x 11 ft (2.39 m x 3.35 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Folk Art Shag rug, country of origin: Germany, circa mid-20th century. Size: 7 ft 10 in x 11 ft (2.39 m x 3.35 m) Vivid coloring, striking artistry, and breathtaking tradi...
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Mid-20th Century German Folk Art Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Ivory Shag Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug. Size: 6 ft 3 in x 12 ft 2 in
Located in New York, NY
Breathtaking Diamond Geometric Vintage Ivory Shag Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid – 20th Century. Size: 6 ft 3 in x 12 ft 2 in (1.9 m...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African ...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Runner, Shag Hallway Runner
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20581 Vintage Berber Moroccan Boucherouite Runner, Shag Hallway Runner. Stark hues of the colors woven into this piece work together to create a truly unique look. The diversely vari...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Fabric, Wool, Cotton

Shag Ivory Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug. Size: 4 ft 10 in x 11 ft 2 in
Located in New York, NY
Magnificent Shag Ivory Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid – 20th Century. Size: 4 ft 10 in x 11 ft 2 in (1.47 m x 3.4 m) This f...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African ...

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Vintage Shag Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the vintage shag rug you’re looking for. A vintage shag rug — often made from fabric, wool and cotton — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect vintage shag rug —, we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each vintage shag rug bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made vintage shag rug has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Berber Tribes of Morocco and Beni Mrirt are consistently popular.

How Much are Vintage Shag Rug?

Prices for a vintage shag rug start at $399 and top out at $16,500 with the average selling for $2,000.

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.