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Empire Rugs and Carpets

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine. Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
French Empire Mahogany Drop Front Secretary "Secrétaire à Abattant"
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A 19th century French Empire drop front secretary with black as a marble top and side columns with bronze mounts, three drawers below and one drawer above. Double brass locking syste...
Category

1870s French Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Mahogany

Empire Style Needlework Rug in Green and Pink
By Savonnerie
Located in London, GB
A fine French Empire style needlework carpet, in deep green with pink and beige tones. Possibly Portuguese, early to mid-20th century. A rare combination of attractive neoclassic...
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20th Century Portuguese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Chinese Dragon Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Chinese Peking rug with a spacious open field design on a creamy yellow field and pretty blue accents featuring a dragon inside a central medallion . Measur...
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20th Century Chinese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Chinese Peking Dragon Runner
Located in New York, NY
Very rare antique Chinese Peking runner with a pictorial dragon motif found in field and border in two shades of predominant blues. The size on this piece is original which makes an ...
Category

20th Century Chinese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Early 19th Century French Empire Period Aubusson Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Early 19th century French empire period Aubusson carpet (8' 8" x 12' 6"- 264 x 381).
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1820s French Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Empire Hand Knotted Wool Large Rug, circa 1970
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique Imperio rug made in Spain, circa 1970. Hand knotted wool. Measures: 265 x 315 cm.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Rug Ivory Tree Of Life Organic Handwoven Oriental Area Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
An extraordinary early 20th-century Ivory rug with an incredible densely woven multi-coloured tree-of-life design with two sinuous trees on each side of the central field, each with ...
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1890s Caucasian Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Empire, Hand Knotted Wool Antique Reproduction Rug
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Imperio rug made in Spain, circa 1970. Hand knotted wool antique reproduction Measures: 300 x 400 cm.
Category

1970s Spanish Vintage Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Needlepoint Carpet ( 9' x 12' - 275 x 365 cm )
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary Needlepoint Carpet ( 9' x 12' - 275 x 365 cm )
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Mini Turkish Mat Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mini size Turkish rug from the third quarter of the 20th century Measures: 1'6” x 2'8".
Category

20th Century Turkish Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Early 19th Century French Savonnerie Carpet (8' x 13' 6" - 243 x 412 cm)
Located in New York, NY
Early 19th Century French Savonnerie Carpet from Empire Period (8' x 13' 6" - 243 x 412 cm)
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1820s French Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Jewel Tone Early 20th Century Superfine Quality Antique Persian Jozan Souf Mat
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century collector caliber Persian Souf carpet handwoven in the Jozan Region. Measures: 2'3" x 2'7" Souf rugs are very rare technique found as they have a raised low...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Large Antique Chinese Dragon Rug
Located in New York, NY
Very rare antique Chinese Peking rug with pictorial dragons found in 5 round circular round motifs on a bone colored ground. Exceptional quality too. 11'1'' x 15'3'' Chinese dr...
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20th Century Chinese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Persian Souf Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Persian Souf carpet. Possibly Jozan Region. Has characteristics from farahan region as well. Stunning goldenrod and rich red jewel tones. Measures: 2'1'' x 2...
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Early 20th Century Persian Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Persian Souf Jozan Mat
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Souf carpet woven somewhere in Iran. Souf rugs are very rare technique found as they have a raised low and high pile technique. They are popular in Iran and...
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Early 20th Century Persian Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Distressed Antique Lavar Kermanshah Rug
Located in New York, NY
Highly decorative 19th century Persian Lavar Kermanshah rug. 4' x 6'4''
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Late 19th Century Persian Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Chinese Runner
Located in New York, NY
Rare short and narrow antique soft blue Chinese runner.
Category

20th Century Chinese Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Turkish Oushak Rug with Empire Regency Style and Golden Colors
Located in Dallas, TX
73634, vintage Turkish Oushak rug with Empire Regency style and golden colors. This hand knotted wool vintage Turkish Oushak rug features a dynamic all-over Mina Khani pattern spread...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Persian Souf Carpet
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Souf carpet woven somewhere in Iran. Whereabouts are unknown but we suspect it’s from the sarouk Jozan region. 2'1'' x 2'7'' Souf rugs are very rare technique...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Earth Toned Turkish Rug
Located in New York, NY
Caramel and brown color vintage Turkish rug.
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Early 20th Century Turkish Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

French Savonnerie Style Wool Carpet
By Savonnerie
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A colourful woven pile carpet in the Louis XV/XVI Savonnarie style; flowers, scrolls, cartouches surround a central medallion.
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

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Unknown rugs and carpets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has unknown rugs and carpets available for sale. These distinctive items are often made of wool and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of unknown rugs and carpets, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Unknown's original rugs and carpets were created in the modern style in spain during the 1970s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider rugs and carpets by and . Prices for Unknown rugs and carpets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $7,395 and tops out at $9,449, while pieces like these can sell for $8,422.

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