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Victorian Woven Hair and 9 Carat Gold Memorial Bangle
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This special piece is crafted from woven hair and would have been made in memory of a certain someone. The clasp is beautifully ornate and modelled in 9ct gold. Length: 18cm Width: ...
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Antique 1880s Victorian More Bracelets

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Gold

Antique Early Victorian Woven Hair Turquoise Gold Bow Brooch
Located in Baltimore, MD
Lovely early Victorian bow pin of white woven hair set with turquoise in 15K gold. Hair jewelry was primarily of a romantic or loving nature. Queen Victoria was given a brooch made f...
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Antique 1830s Victorian Brooches

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Turquoise, 15k Gold

Mid Victorian Gold and Woven Hair Mourning Memorial Band Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1850s Yellow Gold Mourning, Memorial Band Ring, measuring 1/4 inch wide with delicate Milgrain edges, the center is very finely Woven Hair, a center Gold section has the Initi...
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Antique 1850s Victorian Band Rings

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Gold

Victorian Memorial Memento Yellow Gold and Woven Hair Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1908 Victorian Memorial Memento 15K Yellow Gold Ring, the top of the ring measures 13 X 10 M.M. with intricately Woven Hair under Glass, a fine Beaded Border and Hand Engraved ...
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Antique Early 1900s Victorian More Rings

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15k Gold

Antique 19th Century Gold Filled Mourning Pendant with Braided Woven Hair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine late Georgian or early Victorian memorial gold-filled pendant with woven hair. With a coil of braided hair set behind glass in a filigree-worked gold-filled pendant setting. ...
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Antique 19th Century Georgian Pendant Necklaces

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Gold-filled

Victorian English Enameled Woven Hair Gold Mourning Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
This rare English mourning ring from the Victorian (ca1879) era is quite an unusual piece! Crafted in 18kt gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mour...
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Antique 1880s Victorian More Rings

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18k Gold

Antique 19th Century Woven Hair Art Gold-Filled Brooch with Coral Cabochons
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderful, diminutive Georgian or early Victorian gold-filled and woven hair brooch or pin. With braided hair behind glass set in a gold-filled setting surrounded by small pink co...
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Antique 19th Century Georgian Brooches

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Coral, Gold-filled

Antique 19th Century Woven Hair Art Mourning Brooch or Pin Engraved 'Mother'
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A good late Georgian or Victorian memorial hair art brooch. Comprised of an interlocking double looped knot of woven hair mounted with a central scroll-shaped cartouche engraved wit...
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Brooches

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Gold-filled

Early Victorian English Mourning Ring with Enameling and Woven Hair
Located in Narberth, PA
This rare English mourning ring from the Victorian era (ca1852) is quite an unusual piece! Crafted in 18kt gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mour...
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Antique 1850s Victorian More Rings

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18k Gold

Black Floral Pattern Woven Horse Hair Runner
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Black floral pattern woven horse hair runner/topper with black cotton lining and trim. Size: 21" H x 45.5" L.
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Antique 19th Century French Hollywood Regency Tapestries

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Natural Fiber

4.8x13.2 ft Vintage Hand-Woven Goat Hair Nomadic Kilim/Flat-weave
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A simple yet beautiful flat-weave rug made of goat hair and cotton handwoven by the nomadic tribes in South Central Turkey with a white and black speckled looking field and small bur...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Cotton

7.8x12.3 ft Nomadic Vintage Hand-Woven Cotton and Goat Hair Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage hand-woven Turkish nomadic patchwork kilim/flat-weave, made up hand-stitched pieces. This sturdy and lightweight floor covering was woven with cotton and goat hair and feat...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Cotton

7x9 Ft Banded Cotton, Wool and Goat Hair Handmade Anatolian Kilim Flat-Woven Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This simple yet beautiful vintage Turkish rug is made of cotton, wool and goat hair. It is very sturdy and finely woven. This type of kilims were produced across Anatolia until late ...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair, Cotton

7.8x10.2 ft Vintage Turkish Handmade Flat-woven Natural Hemp and Goat Hair Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An authentic flat-weave (Kilim) from Eastern Turkey, made up of three hand-stitched panels handwoven by Nomads from natural hemp and goat's hair circa 1970s to be used as floor cove...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Hemp

'Hair Weave Woobie (Lowlights)' - woven paper collage - Eva Hesse
Located in Atlanta, GA
"Hair Weave Woobie (Lowlights)" is a woven paper collage using magazine pages, scrap fabric and acrylic medium. This piece features hues of brown, red, yellow and green. Libby Newe...
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2010s Feminist Mixed Media

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Fabric, Magazine Paper

Hand Woven Horse Hair Cushions Color Off-White Grey Melange Hand Embroidered
By Susann Eschenfelder
Located in Hamburg, DE
One pair hand woven horse hair cushions with hand embroidered front panel, horse hair fabric hand woven, back panel plain fabric horse hair, size 30 x 50cm, cushion cover with linin...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Pillows and Throws

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Natural Fiber

Serab Camel Hair Rug
Located in New York, NY
An antique Serab camel hair rug we just acquired. The best antique rugs and carpets utilizing undyed camelhair are quite rare, as they represent a limited production of just a han...
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Early 20th Century Persian Bakshaish Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 46 in. L 75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Goat Hair Rug with Stripes 'Wide'
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Handwoven in eastern Turkey, mid-20th century, this small rug has a cotton foundation and a woven soft goat hair pile using all natural, undyed colors of black brown and ivory. In ex...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Mid-Century Modern Goat Hair Rug with Stripes 'Wide'
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Handwoven in eastern Turkey, mid-20th century, this small rug has a cotton foundation and a woven soft goat hair pile using all natural, undyed colors of black brown and ivory. In ex...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

20th Century Handwoven Turkish Goat Hair and Cotton Kilim
Located in Chicago, IL
20th century handwoven goat hair and cotton Kilim from southeast Turkey.
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20th Century Turkish Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'3" (121 × 190 cm) Seducing with natural charm, this new rug from the Geometric Taurus collection pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern More Carpets

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Goat Hair

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Goat Hair Rug with Stripes 'Narrow'
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hand woven in eastern Turkey, mid-20th century, this small rug has a cotton foundation and a woven soft goat hair pile using all natural, undyed colors of black brown and ivory. In e...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'2" (121 × 187 cm) Just one glance at this modern rug is enough to feel the warmth and coziness deri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Beige Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Beige Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 6'0" × 7'7" (182 × 231 cm) White and soft like snow, this new geometric pattern rug from the Geometric Taurus ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Modern Goat Hair Beige Taurus Collection Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Modern Goat Hair Beige Taurus Collection Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'2" (121 × 187 cm) Handwoven with great care using the highest quality goat hair, it seems to referenc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'1" (121 × 185 cm) Nowadays contemporary carpets enjoy an unfaltering popularity and it is easy to s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Striped Handmade Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection striped handmade goat hair rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 6'1" × 7'4" (185 × 223 cm) This chic contemporary area rug shows that the power of great design lies in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Geometric Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Geometric Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 6'2" × 7'6" (187 × 228 cm) Simple and well-executed, this new geometric pattern rug from the Geometric Tau...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Striped Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'3" (121 × 190 cm) Nowadays contemporary beautiful rugs are considered to be one of the most diverse...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Handmade Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern striped handmade goat hair rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 3'10" × 6'4" (116 × 193 cm) Contemporary rugs continue to surprise us with their boldness and opu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Modern Striped Handmade Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Striped Handmade Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 3'10" × 6'2" (116 × 187 cm) Contemporary rugs are known among collectors to be one of the most dive...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Vintage Persian Serab Camel Hair Rug
Located in Secaucus, NJ
A lovely example of a camel wool handwoven Serab runner. The openness of the piece woven circa 1930's lends itself to so many different styles and locations,.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Taurus Collection Modern Geometric Brown Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus Collection Modern Geometric Brown Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'2" × 2'9" (127 × 83 cm) In our never ending pursuit of beauty sometimes we forget about one impor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Mid-Century Modern Goat Hair Rug with Stripes ‘Narrow with Black Ends’
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Handwoven in eastern Turkey, mid-20th century, this small rug has a cotton foundation and a woven soft goat hair pile using all natural, undyed colors of black brown and ivory. In ex...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair

Moroccan Vintage Hand-Woven Tribal Rug, circa 1960
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan vintage tribal rug handwoven by Berber Moroccan women using organic lamb wool and organic dye. North African Moroccan tribal runner with low pile handwoven wool, hand-knott...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Taurus Collection Striped Brown, White, Gray, Goat Hair Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus collection striped brown, white, gray, goat hair rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'0" × 6'2" (121 × 187 cm) Not many contemporary geometric pattern area rugs manage to convey...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Moroccan Vintage Hand-Woven Berber Rug, circa 1960
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan vintage tribal rug handwoven by Berber Moroccan women using organic lamb wool and organic dye. North African Moroccan tribal runner with low pile handwoven wool, hand-knott...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Vintage Moroccan Hand-Woven Tribal Carpet, circa 1960
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan vintage tribal rug handwoven by Berber Moroccan women using organic lamb wool and organic dye. North African Moroccan tribal runner with low pile handwoven wool, hand-knott...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Late 19th Century Camel Hair Runner
Located in New York, NY
A late 19th century tribal highly decorative Persian Bakshaish Camel Hair runner. Great quality and great condition. Measures: 3'8" x 11'.
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Antique Late 19th Century Persian Bakshaish Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Camel Hair Serab Runner Rug
Located in Secaucus, NJ
A lovely example of a camel wool handwoven Serab runner. The camel main ground with a central medallion surrounded by a main border in soft blues. The detail in the design has been c...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Hand-Woven Anatolian Kilim "Flat-Weave" with Striped Design
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads in mid-20th century to be used as floor coverings in their tents. They were made to use for everyday...
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Vintage 1970s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair, Cotton

Pillow Cases Fashioned from a Vintage Hemp and Goat Hair Mix Anatolian Kilim
Located in Istanbul, TR
They do not come with inserts but bags made to the size to accommodate insert materials. Linen in the back, dry clean only Measures: 46 x 96 cm/ 18.11 x 37.8 in. 47 x 95 cm/ 18.5...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Hemp, Goat Hair

Colorful Vintage Nomadic Kilim, Flat-Woven Wool Floor Covering
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This simple and practical flat-woven runner is made of hand-spun wool. Washed professionally. Both sides can be used. Ideal for both residential and commercial interiors and high tra...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Moroccan Vintage Boujad Hand-Woven Tribal Rug, circa 1980
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan vintage tribal rug handwoven by Berber Moroccan women using organic lamb wool and organic dye. North African Moroccan tribal runner with low pile handwoven wool, hand-knott...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Moroccan Vintage Hand-Woven Boujad Tribal Rug, circa 1960
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber Tribal Boujad rug, nicely aged with vivid colors. Beautiful Boujad Moroccan hand knotted wool rug. This Moroccan rug has a multi-color field and ac...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Vintage Persian Serab Camel Hair Runner circa 1930
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Vintage Persian Serab Camel Hair Runner circa 1930. This runner is woven using camel hair which is strong and resilient. Camel hair rugs are not that typical and are rare to find. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Moroccan Vintage Hand-woven Boujad Tribal Area Rug, circa 1960
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Midcentury Moroccan Area Rug with Tribal Geometric Design. This circa 1960 vintage Moroccan rug features a bold design of diamond medallions flanked by geometric abstractions .The et...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Antique Persian Serab Camel Hair Runner, circa 1880 5' x 9'7
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serab camel hair runner, circa 1880. A delightful Serab runner, circa 1880. hand knotted using camel hair wool that creates a soft and lustrous look and feel to the r...
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Antique 19th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

8'1" x 9'7" Vintage Hand-Woven Anatolian Kilim Rug, Flat-Weave Floor Covering
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Size: 8'1" x 9'7" (247 x 293 cm), adjustable. These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads in mid-20th century to be used as floor coverings in...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Cotton

Moroccan Vintage Flat-Weave Black Camel Hair Tribal Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Moroccan flat-weave black camel hair Tribal rug. Large size vintage Moroccan black camel hair ethnic nomadic rug, handwoven by Berber women in south Morocco for their own us...
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20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Mid-Century Modern Goat Hair Moroccan Rug with Stripes
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful tribal rug from Morocco, with a woven soft goat hair pile, entirely handwoven with wool on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

9.8x13.8 Ft Vintage Hand-Woven Turkish Kilim Rug, Flat-Weave Floor Covering
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large, simple, minimalist Turkish flat-weave/kilim patchwork rug made up of hand-woven and hand-stitched vintage kilim pieces that feature stripes and colorful burdock motifs again...
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Vintage 1970s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Cotton

9x12.2 ft Vintage Hand-Woven Turkish Kilim Rug, Flat-Weave Floor Covering
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads, circa mid-20th century to be used as floor coverings in their tents. They were made to use for ever...
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Vintage 1970s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair, Cotton

9.2x15 Ft Large Striped Hand-Woven Kilim, Vintage Turkish Flat-weave Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads around 1970s to be used as floor coverings in their tents. They were made to use for everyday life r...
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20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Goat Hair, Cotton

5.3x10 Ft Colorful Vintage Nomadic Hand-Woven Anatolian Kilim Rug, 100% Wool
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage handwoven Kilim rug from Central Anatolia. 100% Wool. Good condition. Washed professionally. This rug is very sturdy and can be used on a high traffic area. Reversible. Me...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Goat Hair

Vintage Persian Camel Hair Runner, circa 1930 4'10 x 9'7.  
Located in Secaucus, NJ
A lovely example of a camel wool handwoven Serab runner. The camel border surrounds the runner creating a frame for the wonderful detailed design inside. Size: 4'10 x 9'7.  
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique 1920s Fine Turkish Saddle Bag Goat Hair with Decorative Tassels
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Fine example of older Turkish saddle bag with 1926 export seal. Lovely colorful kite shape pattern juxtaposed against a dark brown near black background. In good condition, circa ...
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Vintage 1920s Turkish Sumak Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Camel Hair Serab Runner, circa 1900 2'10 x 12'8.   
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Antique Persian Camel hair Serab runner, circa 1900. This rug is woven using camel hair which is strong and resilient. Camel hair rugs are not the typical and are rare to find. They ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Berber Tribal Pillow / Natural & Espresso Stripe
Located in thousand oaks, CA
Vintage Kilim Berber Tribal pillow. Measures: 24" x 24". Authentic one-of-a-kind handwoven heavy textural natural organic wool, hemp and goat-hair Kilim textile in neutral tones and ...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Kilim Pillows and Throws

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Wool, Goat Hair, Linen, Hemp, Down, Feathers

Swivel Club Chair in Vintage Berber Tribal Striped Kilim Wool, "One-of-a-kind"
Located in thousand oaks, CA
One-of-a-kind swivel club chair in vintage Berber tribal striped Kilim wool. Impeccably upholstered in authentic vintage (circa 1960's) Berber tribal handwoven textile. Heavy texture...
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Vintage 1960s Turkish Kilim Swivel Chairs

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Goat Hair, Linen, Upholstery, Hemp, Foam, Hardwood, Fabric, Textile, Wool

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Woven Hair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the woven hair you’re looking for. Frequently made of fabric, wool and goat hair, every woven hair was constructed with great care. Find 590 options for an antique or vintage woven hair now, or shop our selection of 13 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect woven hair — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right woven hair, those designed in Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Industrial styles are of considerable interest. A well-made woven hair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Berber Tribes of Morocco, Seref Ozen and Taurus are consistently popular.

How Much is a Woven Hair?

A woven hair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,350, while the lowest priced sells for $120 and the highest can go for as much as $69,000.

Finding the Right Rugs and Carpets for You

Good antique, new and 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.

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.

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.