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Mid-20th Century European Deco Rug
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This vintage handwoven European Deco rug has an ivory overall field of whimsical tonal parallel lines over sparse burnt orange trapezoids, in a broad chocolate brown border.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Mid-20th Century European Deco Rug
W 77.17 in. L 107.88 in.
Mid Century French Art Deco Cogolin Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful hand knotted Cogolin rug with a geometrical Art Deco design and beautiful colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Mid 20th Century Art Deco Rug
Located in New York, NY
Belgium ca. 1940 Handwoven 12'8" x 9'8" (386 x 295 cm)
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Vintage 1940s Belgian Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Savonnerie Rug
Located in New York, NY
France, circa 1930 Handwoven Measures: 17'3" x 11'2" (526 x 340 cm).  
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Mid 20th Century English Art Deco Rug
Located in New York, NY
English Art Deco rug England, circa 1940 Attributed to Templeton & Co. 20'7" x 12'8" (627 x 386 cm)  
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Mid-20th Century Bold French Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Bold French Art Deco handmade wool rug Size: 6'8" x 10'0" (203 × 304 cm) A French Deco area rug with a geometric and linear design rendered with multiple shades of b...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Art Deco Raspberry Red Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Art Deco raspberry red handmade wool rug Size: 7'1" x 11'10" (216 x 362 cm) This extremely fashionable Art Deco European deco rug is maintained in a luxurious pale...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Large Mid-20th Century Art Deco Hand Knotted Cogolin Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful Art Deco rug with a beautiful simple 1940s design and a red field color, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Handmade Polish Geometric Art Deco Style Accent Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Polish geometric Art Deco style accent rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 4' 0" x 6' 6"
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Mid-20th Century Polish Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

French Art Deco Rug
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco rug Size: 7'9" × 11'7" (236 × 353 cm).  
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • French Art Deco Rug
  • French Art Deco Rug
  • French Art Deco Rug
  • French Art Deco Rug
W 93 in. L 139 in.
Mid-20th Century Modernist Art Deco Circular Brown, Orange, Green Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century modernist Art Deco circular brown, orange, green wool rug Size: 9'0" x 9'0" (274 x 274 cm) This round circa 1940 vintage French Deco antique rug features an all-ov...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Cogolin Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century French Art Deco Cogolin handmade Wool Rug Size: 15'10" × 21'0" (482 × 640 cm) This vintage, contemporary French Cogolin rug deceptively showcases artisanal caliber...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Handmade English Art Deco Style Throw Rug in Brown
Located in New York, NY
A vintage English Art Deco style throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century in shades of brown. Measures: 1' 3" x 2' 3".
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th century Art Deco Gray, Red, Yellow, Brown Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Art Deco gray, red, yellow, brown handmade wool rug Size: 6'8" × 10'0" (203 × 304 cm) European Art Deco design ideas and creative patterns, in respect to their desig...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco, Bold, Green, Red, Yellow Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th Century French Art Deco, bold, green, red, yellow handmade wool rug Size: 6'0" x 7'0" (183 × 213 cm) Elegance offered by deco rugs cannot be found anywhere else. Inspired ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Mid-20th century French Art Deco Beige, Brown Wool Rug by Paul Haesaerts
By Paul Haesaerts
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century French Art Deco beige, brown wool rug by Paul Haesaerts Size: 8'0" x 10'5" (243 x 317 cm) What makes Art Deco rugs so special in the eyes of art collectors and int...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th century Botanic Art Deco Style Yellow, Beige, Blue Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Botanic Art Deco Style Yellow, Beige, Blue Handmade Wool Rug Size: 3'1" × 9'3" (93 × 281 cm). An early 20th century Art Deco European Art Deco rug. This pile-woven a...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-century Modern European Hand Knotted Wool Rug in Beige, Taupe, and Brown
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century Modern European Hand Knotted Wool Rug in Beige, Taupe, and Brown Size: 6'8" × 10'0" (203 × 304 cm). This post World War II rug is an unusual hand-woven wool vintage find ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Aubusson Savonnerie Rug, Art Deco
Located in Evanston, IL
Aubusson Savonnerie rugs are very accurate reproductions of absolute original French design produced from the 17th through 19th century in the factories Aubusson, which gave the name...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Beautiful French Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice French Art Deco rug with beautiful decorative design and nice colors with brown, orange, yellow and black, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • Beautiful French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful French Art Deco Rug
W 36.23 in. L 70.87 in.
Mid-20th century French Bold Art Deco Beige, Brown Wool Rug by Noel Hostens
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century French Bold Art Deco Beige, Brown Wool Rug by Noel Hostens Size: 9'6" × 11'0" (289 × 335 cm). This circa 1930 French Deco antique rug features an intriguing all-over...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Purple, Blue Handmade Wool Rug by Paule Leleu
By Paule Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Chinese Art Deco Brown, Green Handmade Wool Rug Size: 7'10" × 9'8" (238 × 294 cm) Featuring pastel tones and a central motif of strips inversely reflected with respect to the longi...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid 20th Century French Art Deco Carpet
By Edouard Benedictus
Located in New York, NY
Mid 20th Century French Art Deco Carpet France, circa 1930 Art Deco, Savonnerie Attributed to Edouard Benedictus. 14'7" x 9'7" (445 x 292 cm)
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid 20th Century English Art Deco Carpet
By Ashley Havinden
Located in New York, NY
England, circa 1935 Signed: Ashely Designed by Ashley Eldred Havinden Hand-Tufted Wool with Abstract Design Design included three pink stars, three sections of linear design in choco...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th century French Art Deco White, Brown, Green Handmade Rug by Paule Leleu
By Paule Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century French Art Deco white, brown, green handmade wool rug by Paule Leleu Size: 12'0" × 15'3" (366 × 465 cm) A French Deco rug designed by Paule Leleu for the house of Le...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Botanic Green, Red Wool Rug by Paule Leleu
By Paule Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century French Art Deco botanic green, red handmade wool rug by Paule Leleu. Size: 7'6" × 10'4" (228 × 314 cm) Signed Leleu, in the lower right corner, this is one of the ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Pretty 1930 French Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice French Art Deco rug with beautiful design from an artist of its period, and beautiful colors, mechanical manufacturing of its period with wool.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • Pretty 1930 French Art Deco Rug
  • Pretty 1930 French Art Deco Rug
  • Pretty 1930 French Art Deco Rug
  • Pretty 1930 French Art Deco Rug
W 62.21 in. L 89.77 in.
Beautiful 1940 French Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful French Art Deco rug with nice modern design, and beautiful colors with green, purple and beige, circa 1940 entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • Beautiful 1940 French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful 1940 French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful 1940 French Art Deco Rug
  • Beautiful 1940 French Art Deco Rug
W 79.93 in. L 114.97 in.
Wonderful Little Scandinavian Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful Swedish Art Deco rug with a yellow field color and modern design, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Nice Antique Art Deco Round Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful 1930 Art Deco rug with beautiful floral design and nice light colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

  • Nice Antique Art Deco Round Rug
  • Nice Antique Art Deco Round Rug
  • Nice Antique Art Deco Round Rug
  • Nice Antique Art Deco Round Rug
W 90.56 in. L 96.46 in.
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Abstract Purple Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Abstract Purple Wool Rug Size: 3'6" × 5'2" (106 × 157 cm) An early 20th century French Art Deco area rug, the oatmeal field with a mirrored landsca...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Authentic French Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Authentic French Art Deco handmade wool rug Size: 8'2" × 11'8" (248 × 355 cm) This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug is a unique artistic piece featuring square and circular geome...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Nice French 1940 Art Deco Square Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful square 1940 rug with a nice Art Deco design and beautiful blue field color, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • Nice French 1940 Art Deco Square Rug
  • Nice French 1940 Art Deco Square Rug
  • Nice French 1940 Art Deco Square Rug
  • Nice French 1940 Art Deco Square Rug
W 112.21 in. L 116.15 in.
French Art Deco Botanic Handmade Wool Rug
By Rene Crevel
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco botanic handmade wool rug Size: 9'0" × 11'10" (274 × 360 cm) A French Art Deco rug designed by René Crevel. Born in Rouen, France, Crevel was a painter, designer an...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Wonderful French Hand Knotted Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful Art Deco rug with nice colorful design, without signature or monogram, but original, circa 1940 entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation. Size: 6.39 x 9....
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Gray Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco Gray Handwoven Wool Rug Size: 11'0" × 15'8" (335 × 477 cm). This vintage circa 1930 French Deco area rug features abstract patterns and curlicues on a field o...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Green Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco green handmade wool rug Size: 9'2" × 12'8" (279 × 386 cm) A French Art Deco rug signed SG in the lower right corner and attributed to Suzanne Guiguichon with ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

High-quality Art Deco Round Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
High-quality Art Deco Round Handmade Wool Rug Size: 6'3" × 6'3" (190 × 190 cm) A second quarter of the 20th century Art European Art Deco rugs, the cream field with circular polychro...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Authentic 1930 Art Deco Rug by Frank Brangwyn
By Frank Brangwyn
Located in New York, NY
Authentic 1930 Art Deco rug by Frank Brangwyn Size: 8'10" × 10'6" (269 × 320 cm) A machine woven wool rug designed by Frank Brangwyn and manufactured by James Templeton & Co, Glasg...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Authentic French Art Deco Brown Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Authentic French Art Deco brown handwoven wool rug Size: 11'6" × 14'6" (350 × 441 cm) Authentic and absolutely classy, this vintage Deco rug is indisputably the crème de la crème o...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

One-of-a-kind Vintage French Art Deco Rug
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind Vintage French Art Deco Rug Size: 9'2" × 11'10" (279 × 360 cm) Vintage French rugs are known for their exquisite designs and this piece is certainly not an exception to...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Authentic French Art Deco Orange Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Authentic French Art Deco orange handmade wool rug What makes Art Deco rugs so special in the eyes of art collectors and interior designers is undoubtedly a great diversity of their ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Colorful Floral French Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage colorful floral French Art Deco handmade wool rug Size: 7'7" × 11'0" (231 × 335 cm). This circa-1930 vintage French Art Deco rug features an exquisite design of floral abst...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Crimson Background Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco Crimson Background Handmade Wool Rug Size: 6'4" × 8'7" (193 × 261 cm) An early 20th century vintage French Deco European deco rug, circa 1940. Size: 8’7” × 6’...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

High-quality Art Deco Red, Brown Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
High-quality Art Deco red, brown handmade wool rug Size: 8'0" × 11'0" (243 × 335 cm) This circa 1940 vintage Art Deco vintage carpet features a stylized border of intersecting linear...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Colorful Vintage French Art Deco Hand Knotted Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Colorful Vintage French Art Deco hand knotted wool rug Size: 5'2" × 9'8" (157 × 294 cm) A hand-knotted wool rug made in France in the 1940’s. This is an authentic example of the...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Red Hand Knotted Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco red hand knotted wool rug Size: 8'10" × 10'10" (269 × 330 cm) French style carpets that employ Art Deco styles of creativity hyper-evolved and artistically ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

High-quality Vintage Art Deco Red Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
High-quality Vintage Art Deco red handwoven wool rug Size: 9'8" × 11'0" (294 × 335 cm) A French Art Deco rug with a subtle hi-low design. Signed in the lower right corner. An abstrac...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Midcentury Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug in Beige and Green
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Art Deco handmade wool rug in beige and green Size: 8'5" × 12'0" (256 × 365 cm) A geometric second quarter of the 20th century modern art vintage rug, the solid oatmeal ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

French Art Deco Design Beige, Black, Orange Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco Design beige, black, orange handmade wool rug Size: 4'7" × 7'0" (139 × 213 cm) Art Deco rugs combine ancient weaving craft with rather contemporary aesthetics, inco...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

High-quality French Art Deco Green and Ivory Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
High-quality French Art Deco emerald green and ivory handmade wool rug Size: 8'9" × 13'8" (266 × 416 cm) Elegance offered by deco rugs cannot be found anywhere else. Inspired by the ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

High-quality Viennese Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug in Red Shades
Located in New York, NY
High-quality Viennese Art Deco Handmade Wool Rug in Red Shades Size: 8'2" × 11'2" (248 × 340 cm) This vintage rug was created circa 1940 in Vienna. This is how Art Deco style looks c...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Early 20th Century French Deco Rug by Leleu
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This traditional handwoven French deco rug has an overall eu-de-nil field with a profusion of delicate tiles checkered with alternating geometric icons, in a majestic turquoise green...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Green Handmade Wool Rug by Paule Leleu
By Paule Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco green handmade wool rug by Paule Leleu Size: 9'6" × 16'8" (289 × 508 cm) Handwoven pile antique rug by Paule Leleu, daughter of the Art Deco French sculptor...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Gray, Blue and White Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Art Deco gray, blue and white handwoven wool rug Size: 7'10" × 8'9" (239 × 267 cm) Vintage French Art Deco rug. An early 20th century French Art Deco rug, circa 1940...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Art Deco Design Black, Brown, Gold, Orange Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Art Deco black, brown, gold, orange handmade wool rug. Size: 9'5" × 10'5" (287 × 317 cm). This vintage rug was made somewhere in Europe, circa 1948. Its design combines orien...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Beautiful Vintage French Cogolin Art Deco Design Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very nice mid century French Cogolin rug with beautiful modern and Art Deco design and Beautiful colors with orange field, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

French Art Deco Beige, Brown, Green and Orange Hand Knotted Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco beige, brown, green and orange hand knotted wool rug Size: 6'7" × 9'7" (200 × 292 cm) This light brown vintage example is one of the more modern Moroccan rugs in the ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

One-of-a-kind Vintage French Art Deco Rug inBeige, Blue, Brown, Orange
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind Vintage French Art Deco Rug inBeige, Blue, Brown, Orange Size: 7'10" × 10'7" (238 × 322 cm).  
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage French Art Deco Area Tufted Rug. 5 ft 8 in x 7 ft 10 in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Vintage French Art Deco Area Tufted Rug, country of origin / rug type: French rugs, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 5 ft 8 in x 7 ft 10 in (1.72 m x 2.38 m).
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

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Art Deco Mid Century European Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the art deco mid century European rug you’re looking for. Frequently made of fabric, wool and cotton, every art deco mid century European rug was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect art deco mid century European rug — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. An art deco mid century European rug is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Art Nouveau styles are sought with frequency. Paule Leleu, Jacques Borker and Ashley Havinden each produced at least one beautiful art deco mid century European rug that is worth considering.

How Much is a Art Deco Mid Century European Rug?

Prices for an art deco mid century European rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $887 and can go as high as $148,000, while the average can fetch as much as $12,000.

A Close Look at art-deco Furniture

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, Art Deco furniture — which typically refers to pieces produced during the 1920s and 1930s — is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.” Widely known designers associated with the Art Deco style include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, Maurice Dufrêne and Jules Leleu.

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. “Art Deco” is often used broadly, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also called “Streamline Moderne” or “Machine Age” design.

Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers in their seating, case pieces and bedroom furniture. Today, the style is still favored by designers looking to infuse interiors with an air of luxury and sophistication.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs.

On 1stDibs, browse Art Deco furnishings by designer, including works by Paul Follot and René Lalique, or by category, from angular chairs and sculptural burl wood tables to lighting and decorative objects.

Finding the Right Rugs and 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.