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Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Midcentury Bold Floral Chinese Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Bold Floral Chinese Handmade Wool Rug Size: 10'7" × 17'3" (322 × 525 cm) A second quarter of the 20th century Chinese rug, the light brown field with a spacious over...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Floral Japanese Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th Century Floral Beige, Blue, Green, Yellow Japanese Handwoven Wool Rug Size: 3'1" × 5'10" (93 × 177 cm) A second quarter 20th century Japanese rug, the oatmeal field with an ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Chinese Yellow Purple Green Handmade Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century with Oval Medallion Chinese yellow, lilac and green decorative area rug Size: 13'10" × 20'2" (421 × 614 cm). This circa 1930 vintage Chinese deco rug features a str...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Midcentury Floral Blue Yellow Chinese Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century floral blue and yellow Chinese handmade wool rug Size: 3'1" × 5'7" (93 × 170 cm) A fine example of abstraction and modernism, this vintage Chinese carpet features a ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Modernist Design White Ground Rug by Alberto Levi Gallery
Located in Milan, IT
Woven with the best quality Ghazni Afghani highland wool, this rug shows an ivory background embellished with a repeat geometric pattern in tones of eggplant, in a mid-century Modern...
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2010s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Zabihi Collection Pale Blue Early 20th Century Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th-century Chinese run in the palest blue color Measures: 2'11'' x 5'.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Zabihi Collection Muted Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
an intermediate size muted Chinese Rug from the middle of the 20th century Measures: 4'11'' x 7'9''.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Navy Chinese Peking Room Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
A 2nd quarter of the 20th century blue Chinese Peking worn rug Measures: 8' x 9'7".
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Traditional Chinese Area Rug, Pink Wool Carpet Rug Small Handwoven
Located in Hampshire, GB
This elegant handmade carpet was constructed in the 1990s in China. The central design has been woven on a pink field with peach, purple and green accent colours that make up the flo...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Organic Material, Natural Fiber, Cotton, Wool

Pale Blue Early 20th Century Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Chinese run in the palest of blues Measures: 6'1'' x 9'.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Blue Tibetan Plush Pile Accent Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
A 2nd quarter of the 20th century blue Tibetan Plush Pile Rug Measures: 5'4" x 7'3".
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Woven Round Rug
Located in bari, IT
Carpet production early 90's in woven wool Chinese production.
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1990s Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Light Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century room size neutral color Chinese rug. Measures: 9'2'' x 11'5''.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Peking Pink and Blue Traditional Silk Rug by Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from China between 1960, this antique traditional Peking rug is one of a select design featuring rich, repeated character symbols in its middle border. Hand knotted in high quality silk with subtle, luminous texture, the cream pink background is a lesser-known colourway among this antique family, complemented by the more vibrant series of turn of the century reminiscent floral and infinite knot...
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1960s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Beige Gray Blue Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early-20th-century room size Chinese rug in the navy, beige, and gray color family. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Powder Blue Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early-20th-century scatter size Chinese rug in a faded watery blue color, accents in ivory and pink Measures: 3'2 x 4'9''.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Sparta Traditional Beige and Pink Wool Rug by Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from China in 1960, this vintage Sparta design wool rug employs a very uncommon contrast through color and texture together. Hand knotted in durable wool, the highly styl...
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1960s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Chinese Botanic Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Chinese botanic handmade wool rug Size: 13'3" × 24'7" (405 × 749 cm). A magnificent example of Chinese weaving craft, this antique rug is everything a connoisseur would wish ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid-20th-century room size Chinese rug in soft brown and olive tones Measures: 7'10'' x 10'9''.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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Vintage Chinese Oriental Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Chinese Oriental silk rug Size: 6'0" × 9'10" (182 × 299 cm). This exquisite vintage Chinese silk rugs features a medallion containing traditiona...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Midcentury Art Deco Chinese Handwoven Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Art Deco Chinese handwoven wool rug Size: 15'8" × 16'10" (477 × 513 cm) Chinese Deco rugs were born in the first half of the 20th ce...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Yellow Blue Antique Chinese Room Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid 20th century room size Chinese rug in blue and yellow. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen to it a...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Blue Chinese Runner, Mid-20th Century
Located in New York, NY
Rare blue 2-tone Chinese narrow runner from the middle of the 20th century. Repetitive Design in field and border. The condition is excellent Measures: 2'4" x 9'5".
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Rugs Blue Runners and Rugs Oriental Carpets Area Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
This beautiful blue vintage rug was handwoven in 1950. The Medallions that run through the centre have intricate details woven in colors that contrast against the blue field, including beige, red, ivory and orange. This central design is then enclosed with a repeat pattern border woven with the same accent colors. This stunning wool rug is suitable for both modern and traditional interiors. Handmade with the finest hand-spun wool and cotton, which was dyed using organic vegetable dyes. Intricate hand knotted designs tell stories through design and color. Suitable for use as a hallway, entranceway, or kitchen runner rug...
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Mid-20th Century Afghan Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Cotton, Organic Material, Wool

Deco Carpet, China
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Deco carpet China, 1940s. Wool. Hand knotted. Measures: 348 x 268 cm. 137 x 105.5 in. Please note: Prices do not include VAT. VAT may be applied depending on the ship-to location. ...
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1940s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Van Campen Style Needlepoint With Geometric Patterns By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
This vintage 7×9 Art Deco needlepoint is one of a limited collection that recaptures the works of artist Tim Van Campen. Handmade in all wool circa 1980-1990, it hails from the works...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Pastel Antique Khotan Rug with Camel Background
Located in New York, NY
A feminine Khotan rug with mint green, soft pink and chocolate brown color accents set on a camel background. Measures: 4'9'' x 8'10''.
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Early 20th Century East Turkestani Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Oversize Light Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century oversize one of a kind Chinese rug in various predominant light blues and creams. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen to...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Tibetan Area Rug with Diamond Checkerboard Pattern, Harlequin Design Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
76665 Vintage Tibetan Area Rug with Diamond Checkerboard Pattern, Harlequin Design Rug 08'10 x 11'10. This hand-knotted wool and silk vintage Tibe...
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Late 20th Century Tibetan Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

19th Century Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
19th century Chinese rug in shades of creamy white and blue irregular thin striped motif throughout with 4 symbolic Chinese figures signaturi...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Modern Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A modern Tibetan rug from the 21st century.
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21st Century and Contemporary Tibetan Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Chinese Square Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Chinese square rug in predominant shades of midnight blue. The wool is very soft and all the colors are natural. 5'4'' x 5'11''
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Turkish Turquoise Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Turkish rug with a hard to find turquoise color. 3'11' x 6'7''
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Chinese Fette Carpet
Located in New York, NY
The Fette workshop was active in Peking in the interwar period and specialized in light-toned carpets with influences from early Chinese textiles, jades and bronzes. The open tan fie...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Green 19th Century Antique Wool Khotan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Khotan rug with soft green field. Measures: 5'2" x 10'8" Khotan rugs were produced in Eastern Turkestan. Khotan produced fine rugs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Cater...
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Late 19th Century East Turkestani Antique Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Rare Shabby Chic Late 19th Century Wool Narrow Khotan Runner
Located in New York, NY
Late 19th century rare narrow size Khotan runner with faded weather textured appeal geometric design. Measures: 2'3" x 7'3".
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Late 19th Century East Turkestani Antique Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Mid-century Modern chinese and east asian rugs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Mid-Century Modern chinese and east asian rugs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage chinese and east asian rugs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include rugs and carpets, asian art and furniture and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, wool and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Mid-Century Modern chinese and east asian rugs made in a specific country, there are Asia, East Asia, and China pieces for sale on 1stDibs. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for chinese and east asian rugs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $359 and tops out at $90,000 while the average work can sell for $6,500.

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