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Bright Modern Dhurrie Handwoven Geometric Colorful Pink Blue Rug
By AELFIE
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modern, functional, sustainable. Make a statement with the Lounah design. It's is bold, colorful and unique. A geometric handwoven Dhurrie rug with a modern fresh approach. Designed ...
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2010s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Large Traditional Style Modern Blue Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection large Traditional style modern blue Dhurrie rug Size: 11'6" × 18'5" (350 × 561 cm).
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Mid 20th Century Baby Blue Dhurrie Flatweave Rug with Teal Accents
Located in New York, NY
The vertical undulations are in teal while the ground is a light baby blue. In both pieces, the pattern slips under the borders at the ends while fitting neatly laterally. All cotton...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

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Cotton

20th Century Red, White and Blue Dhurrie Saf Runner Mehrab Rug from India, 1970s
Located in Firenze, IT
The Dhurrie is a kilim entirely composed of excellent quality cotton, which gives this particular product a warm effect in winter and cool in summer when you walk on it with bare fee...
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Late 20th Century Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage Fragment Dhurrie Striped Blue Runner
Located in New York, NY
Vintage fragment Dhurrie striped blue Runner Size: 2'3" × 10'9" (68 × 327 cm) Color: Blue, pink.
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Mid-20th Century Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
Not all dhurries are room size or larger, for here is a very attractive, finely woven denim blue and ecru scatter with a striped pattern. The centre panel shows pointed ecru bands wi...
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Vintage 1920s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
The denim blue, pale sky blue, ecru combo is probably the most popular Dhurrie palette type and here the bands and lines are broken only by side spearheads and a few tiny simple ashi...
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Vintage 1940s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
W 135 in. L 156 in.
Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
The overall pattern of triple light blue lines fades in and out, giving a hand washed character to this softly bitonal piece emphasizing the intermediate ecru stripes. Almost infinit...
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Vintage 1930s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
W 142 in. L 226 in.
Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
The powder blue to grey field is decorated by bitonal serrated small dash lozenges and is surrounded by a denim blue border on this vintage Indian all-cotton gallery-format (kellegi)...
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Vintage 1940s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
W 84 in. L 174 in.
Antique Indian Dhurrie Rugs
Located in New York, NY
A basically blue and white borderless stripe design features numerous small, but effective details including slender spearheads, feathered arrows and small pointed projections. This ...
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Vintage 1940s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Indian Dhurrie Handwoven Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue Indian Dhurrie handwoven cotton rug Size: 12'7" x 19'10" (383 x 604 cm) Although Indian Dhurrie rugs are known by general public mostly for their elaborate pa...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Striped Indian Dhurrie Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue striped Indian dhurrie cotton rug Size: 13'7" × 14'4" (414 × 436 cm) Dhurrie rugs are deeply rooted in Indian tradition. These relatively light but durable we...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Classic Blue/Cream, Modern Dhurrie/Kilim Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
Classic Blue/Cream is a modern dhurrie/kilim rug in Scandinavian design. It is available in different sizes - see customization options below. A traditional design inspired by class...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Kilim Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Plus Blue/Red, Modern Dhurrie/Kilim Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
Plus Blue/Red is a modern dhurrie/kilim rug in Scandinavian design. It is available in different sizes - see customization options below. This contemporary design has a minimalist a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Kilim Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Dhurrie Indian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Dhurries are magical in their adaptability regarding sizes and this could easily become a fabulous square Dhurrie. The softer blue stripes vary between sky blue and light, washed den...
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Vintage 1930s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Dhurrie Indian Rug
  • Antique Dhurrie Indian Rug
  • Antique Dhurrie Indian Rug
  • Antique Dhurrie Indian Rug
W 206 in. L 264 in.
Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
This all cotton tapestry-woven flat dhurrie carpet shows a nine column octagon pattern in ecru, and light and medium denim blue, with a doubled stepped lozenge border. The blues attr...
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Vintage 1910s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
W 147 in. L 228 in.
Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
Denim blue looks good on the abrashed field with its offset half-drop rows of stepped diamonds in buff or pale teal or ecru. Bold squared wave border. Antique flat-woven all-cotton I...
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Vintage 1920s Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
  • Antique Indian Dhurrie Rug
W 96 in. L 120 in.
Contemporary Handmade Indian Dhurrie Room Size Carpet in Blue and Green
Located in New York, NY
A modern Indian Dhurrie room size carpet handmade during the 21st century in shades of blue and green. Measures: 9'10" x 14'2".
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Classic Cream/Blue Modern Dhurrie Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
Classic Cream/Blue is a modern dhurrie/kilim rug in Scandinavian design. It is available in different sizes - see customization options below. A traditional design inspired by class...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Kilim Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Contemporary Indian Dhurrie Blue, White Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection Contemporary Indian Dhurrie Blue, white cotton rug Size: 13'0" × 23'0" (396 × 701 cm) What draws the eye to this stunning Dhurrie rug is certainly its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Bastad Blue, Modern Dhurrie or Kilim Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
Bastad Blue is a modern Dhurrie or Kilim rug in Scandinavian design. Please note that lead times vary by size and range from 6 days - 9 weeks. Named after a beloved summer town in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Kilim Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Bold Indian Dhurrie Blue, White Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection bold Indian Dhurrie blue, white handmade cotton rug Size: 4'2" × 6'0" (127 × 182 cm) Dhurrie rugs are deeply rooted in Indian tradition. These wonderfu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Tribal Blue and Yellow Chevron Pattern Rajasthani Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
Handwoven cotton tribal Dhurrie rug with bright yellow red and blue optic pattern. Hand knotted fringe on both ends. Rajasthan, India.
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20th Century Indian Tribal Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Colorful Indian Dhurrie Art Deco Scatter Rug, Blue & Pink Field
Located in New York, NY
This fairly well-woven, tapestry technique, all-cotton scatter presents a luminous light blue field with off-white stepped cross corner pieces, supporting a partially cusped, abrashe...
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Vintage 1980s Indian Art Deco Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Indian Dhurrie Deep Blue Flat-Weave Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection Indian Dhurrie deep blue flat-weave cotton rug Size: 13'10" × 19'9" (421 × 601 cm) For years Dhurrie rugs had a very important function in Indian cultu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern More Carpets

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Indian Dhurrie Blue, White Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection Indian Dhurrie blue, white handmade cotton rug Size: 11'10" x 16'6" (360 x 502 cm) The importance of flat-woven rugs in Indian culture is undeniable. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Striped Indian Dhurrie Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue striped indian dhurrie handmade cotton rug Size: 12'7" × 15'3" (383 × 464 cm). Dhurrie, a traditional Indian rug, has been characteristic of India for centuri...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Modern Indian Dhurrie White, Blue Striped Runner
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection Modern Indian Dhurrie white, blue striped runner Size: 3'3" × 14'3" (99 × 434 cm) The beauty of this exquisite Dhurie rug lies in its simplicity. Hand ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Contemporary Capri Blue Indian Dhurrie Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection contemporary Capri blue Indian Dhurrie handwoven cotton rug Size: 10'2" x 13'10" (309 x 421 cm). A custom Indian Dhurrie carpet. Available to be custom...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Blue, White Striped Dhurrie Style Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection blue, white striped Dhurrie style cotton rug Size: 9'0" × 12'0" (274 × 365 cm) Dhurrie rug, also known as Dhurrie or durry, it is a thick flat-woven ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Striped Indian Dhurrie Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue striped Indian Dhurrie handmade cotton rug Size: 8'6" × 11'3" (259 × 342 cm) Dhurrie rugs are deeply rooted in Indian tradition. These relatively light but du...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Modern Geometric Oversized Dhurrie Blue, White Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection modern geometric oversized dhurrie blue, white rug Size: 16'0" × 31'4" (487 × 955 cm) A modern oversized Dhurrie rug, made in India. As a Dhurrie (also...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Indian Dhurrie Striped Blue, Beige Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection Indian Dhurrie striped blue, beige cotton rug Size: 15'6" × 27'6" (472 × 838 cm) This rug was made in accordance with the centuries-old techniques in o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Striped Indian Dhurrie Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue striped Indian Dhurrie handmade cotton rug Size: 12'6" × 15'3" (381 × 464 cm). From where comes the beauty of vintage Indian Dhurrie rugs? Some people would s...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue Striped Dhurrie Rug, Pink Accents, Signed by the Weaver
Located in New York, NY
Rarely are dhurries signed by the head of the workshop. Narrow straw lines divide the lighter and darker blue stripes with their delicate internal variations, no two stripes alike. A...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Oversize Indian Dhurrie Blue White Beige Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection oversize Indian Dhurrie blue white beige cotton rug Size: 14'7" x 24'9" (444 × 754 cm). Dhurrie rug, also known as durrie or durry, it is a thick flat-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th century Yellow-Green and Blue Striped Indian Dhurrie Runner
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century yellow-green and blue striped Indian Dhurrie runner Size: 3'10" × 27'4" (116 × 833 cm) This antique Indian Dhurrie runner rug features an all-over design of repeat...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Oversized Mid-20th Century Indian Dhurrie Blue, Purple, Yellow Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Oversized mid-20th century Indian Dhurrie blue, purple, yellow cotton rug Size: 13'10" x 20'0" (421 x 609 cm) A late 20th century vintage Indian Dhurrie rug, circa 1950. This majes...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Indian Dhurrie Blue and White Handmade Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection Indian Dhurrie blue and white handmade cotton rug Size: 10'0" × 10'2" (304 × 309 cm) Dhurrie rugs are unique and culturally important flat-woven textil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Contemporary Handmade Indian Flat-Weave Dhurrie Room Size Carpet in Light Blue
Located in New York, NY
A modern Indian flat-weave Dhurrie room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a light blue field and border. Measures: 9' 2" x 12' 0" Knotted pile rugs are just one...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Cotton Dhurrie with Geometric Diamond Motifs in Blue, Red & Cream
Located in Atlanta, GA
Woven during the third quarter of the 20th Century, this designer flat-woven Indian cotton dhurrie is decorated with a stepped diamond pattern and features an inventive high-contrast...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

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Cotton

One-of-a-kind Indian Dhurrie Rug in Shades of Beige, Blue, and Brown
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind Indian Dhurrie Rug in Shades of Beige, Blue, and Brown Size: 15'3" × 19'4" (464 × 589 cm). Dhurrie, a traditional Indian rug, has been characteristic of India for centu...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Antique Art Deco Oversize Indian Cotton Dhurrie
Located in Milan, IT
The weaving of flat-woven cotton carpets known as dhurries is cited in Mughal chronicles of the 15th century. Probably one of the earliest forms of floor covering, dhurries were wove...
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Vintage 1930s Indian Art Deco Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th century Striped Navy Blue with Apricot Yellow Indian Dhurrie Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century striped navy blue with apricot yellow Indian Dhurrie rug Size: 18'7" × 31'5" (566 × 957 cm) Oversized antique Dhurrie rug, a mid-20th century Indian Dhurrie rug. Wov...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue, Brown and Beige Striped Indian Dhurrie Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue, brown and beige striped Indian Dhurrie cotton rug Size: 11'6" × 12'0" (350 × 365 cm) While Minimalistic, this vintage Indian dhurrie rug still manages to dra...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Blue, White, Orange Indian Dhurrie Flat-Weave Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century blue, white, orange Indian Dhurrie flat-weave cotton rug Size: 12'3" × 14'8" (373 × 447 cm) A mid-20th century vintage Indian Dhurrie rug. This hand knotted flat-w...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Oversized Mid-20th Century Blue, Red, Violet, Green Indian Dhurrie Cotton Rug
Located in New York, NY
Oversized mid-20th century blue, red, violet, green Indian Dhurrie cotton rug Size: 29'4" × 17'8". A mid-20th century vintage Indian Dhurrie rug. The basis of this outstanding comp...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage Indian Dhurrie Large Rug, Pink Open Field, Royal Blue Border, Circa 1960
Located in New York, NY
Simplicity itself. The mid-blue plain border perfectly framers the equally unornamented abashed pink field. A light blue abrash strip highlights the chromatic subtleties. All cotton ...
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Vintage 1960s Indian Art Deco Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage Flat Weave Cotton Dhurrie with Star Pattern in Blue, Yellow & Brown Red
Located in Atlanta, GA
Star pattern flat-woven Large Cotton Dhurrie from India vintage rug, rug 19-0603, country of origin / type: India / Dhurrie, circa 1960 This vintage Indian dhurrie rug consists of a...
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Vintage 1960s Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Indian Flat-Weave Dhurrie Room Size Carpet in Blue and White
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Indian flat-weave Dhurrie room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century in shades of blue and cream-white. Measures: 9' 5" x 11' 11" Knotted pile rugs are jus...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Indian Flat-Weave Dhurrie Room Size Carpet in Grey, Blue, Cream
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Indian flat-weave cotton dhurrie room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century in shades of grey, blue, and cream/white. Dhurries were originally intended for summe...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Plus Green/Black, Modern Dhurrie/Kilim Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
Plus green/black is a modern Dhurrie/Kilim rug in Scandinavian design. Please note that lead times vary by size and range from 6 days - 9 weeks. This contemporary design has a mi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Kilim Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Sky Blue Dhurrie
By Odegard Carpets
Located in New York, NY
Handwoven dhurrie from India, available in 10' x 16'.
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Late 20th Century Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
Located in New York, NY
Individually selected by Madeline during her travels, Vintage Indian Dhurries once adorned the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan. Traditionally made on a grand scale, these elegantly ...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
W 175.2 in. L 331.2 in.
Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
Located in New York, NY
Individually selected by Madeline during her travels, Vintage Indian Dhurries once adorned the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan. Traditionally made on a grand scale, these elegantly ...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
  • Blue Vintage Indian Dhurrie
W 192 in. L 192 in.
Blue and Red Vintage Indian Dhurrie
Located in New York, NY
Individually selected by Madeline during her travels, Vintage Indian Dhurries once adorned the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan. Traditionally made on a grand scale, these elegantly ...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Blue and Cream Vintage Indian Dhurrie
Located in New York, NY
Individually selected by Madeline during her travels, Vintage Indian Dhurries once adorned the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan. Traditionally made on a grand scale, these elegantly ...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Mid 20th Century Sky Blue Indian Dhurrie
By Odegard Carpets
Located in New York, NY
Handwoven Indian cotton Dhurrie, circa 1950-1960. Available in 9'5" x 28'8".
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Late 20th Century Gold Blue Striped Dhurrie
By Odegard Carpets
Located in New York, NY
Handwoven Dhurrie from India, available in 13'8" x 14'.
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Late 20th Century Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Cotton

Modern Blue Yellow Tribal Inspired Flat-Woven Dhurrie Rug
By AELFIE
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Aelfie rugs are designed in Brooklyn and handmade by artisans in India. 80% wool, 20% cotton. Reversible. Sizes are listed in feet. Spot clean. Vacuum. Handmade. Dimensions may...
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2010s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

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Blue Dhurrie For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic blue dhurrie available at 1stDibs. A blue dhurrie — often made from fabric, cotton and wool — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a blue dhurrie, we have 50 options in-stock, while there are 25 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer blue dhurrie, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A blue dhurrie is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. A well-made blue dhurrie has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Nordic Knots are consistently popular.

How Much is a Blue Dhurrie?

Prices for a blue dhurrie can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $300 and can go as high as $55,000, while the average can fetch as much as $7,200.

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.