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Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Vintage Persian Hamadan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Hamadan rug from the mid-20th century. A very folksy rendition of the traditional Persian Sarouk pattern in a more contempory multicolored pallete. Measures: 4' 4"...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Pictorial Dog Animal Antique Karabagh Rug
Located in New York, NY
A pictorial rug depicting a dog floating around different human, animals and figures on a red ground.
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Early 20th Century Caucasian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

19th Century Blue and White American Stripe Ticking Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic American blue and white striped ticking pillows. 19th century white homespun linen backing. Six in stock. Sold individually.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Lake, Wool Wall Carpet Hand-Knotted in Ethiopia Designed by Hettler.Tüllmann
Located in Berlin, BE
This hand-knotted wool wall carpet is a unique one-of-a kind piece from Ethiopia, designed by hettler.tüllmann. It is made in custom dyed tones from 100 % natural wool. The depth ...
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2010s Ethiopian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Moroccan Vintage Tribal Rug, circa 1960
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber tribal rug, nicely aged and faded with pink and sage colors. Handwoven by The Berber tribes in Morocco with traditional geometric tribal desig...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Goat Hair, Wool

Moroccan Vintage North African Black Tribal Kilim Rug
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan vintage black tribal kilim rug, handwoven by Berber women in Morocco. Great mix of organic wool and cotton in black color with flat-weaves. This kind of rug is typical of ...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton

Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Dragon Scatter Rug in Black and Mauve
Located in New York, NY
An antique Chinese Art Deco scatter rug handmade during the early 20th century. A dragon in shades of mauve and coral decorate the black field. Measures: 3' 6" x 5' 3".
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Early 20th Century Persian Tabriz Pictorial Accent Rug
Located in New York, NY
An antique Persian Tabriz pictorial accent rug handmade during the early 20th century. Measures: 4' 6" x 5' 11" Persian rugs & carpets: Persia (Iran) is a moderately large cou...
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Persian Hamadan Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Hamadan carpet from the second quarter of the 20th century with cotton highlights. Measures: 2' 8" x 4' 9"
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton

19x33 inches One of a Kind, 1 of a Pair of Vintage Pictorial Rug, Wall Hanging
Located in Philadelphia, PA
One of a kind and One of a pair of pictorial Turkish wall rugs dating back to mid 20th century. This charming little work of art is depicting a beautiful natural scenery; a waterfa...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton

Early 20th Century Handmade Persian Tabriz Pictorial Accent Rug, circa 1920
Located in New York, NY
An antique Persian Tabriz pictorial accent rug handmade during the early 20th century. Measures: 4' 6" x 6' 2".
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Andrey Budko Rug, circa 2021, Russia
Located in Girona, Spain
Andrey Budko rug. Made with high quality felt made of 100% wool. The pattern on the rug is embroidered with ceramic thread. Circa 2021, Russia. Very Good Condition.
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2010s Russian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Pile Rya Rug. Size: 5 ft 3 in x 8 ft (1.6 m x 2.44 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya rug, Origin: Sweden, circa: Early 20th century—Size: 5 ft 3 in x 8 ft (1.6 m x 2.44 m) This brilliant vintage Art Deco Scandinavian Swedish Rya rug, one of the...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

20th Century White Yellow Red Squared Swedish Rag handwoven Rug Folk Art
Located in Firenze, IT
Handcrafted carpets made with a loom using the "pezzotto" technique, circa 1940. These artifacts are products of peasant culture and come from various European locations. Made to pro...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Orange Vintage Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Colorful one-of-a-kind Tibetan rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century feauturing a bright orange field Measures: 3'2'' x 5'6''.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Berber Prayer Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven by using exclusively recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, Boucherouite Berber rugs represent a unique facet of Moroccan textile art. These are the prod...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Cotton

Quirky Persian Animal Kilim Wall Hanging
Located in New York, NY
Scatter square size Persian Kilim from the late 20th century with 2 colorful baby giraffes and birds on a beige field. Measures: 2'7'' x 3'. This was originally belonging to a ...
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

African Lion Tuareg Mat
Located in New York, NY
An african Mat depicting a brown lion. Tuareg mats are known for their durability because of their reed and leather materials. Keeping this in your collection will be loved by the ne...
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1930s North African Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Leather, Reed

Foo Dog Pictorial Chinese 20th Century Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Compelling Chinese rug with a motif full of happy foo dogs, circa 1940. The field is a peach tone, with navy and light blue accents Measures: 5'3" x 8'2".
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1940s Chinese Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Berber Tribal Rug, circa 1960
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber Tribal rug, Handwoven by The Berber tribes in Morocco with traditional designs. Middle Atlas low pile rug runner. Great to add accent to any style ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Rare Room size Lion Turkish Rug Dated 1903
Located in New York, NY
Rare room size early 20th Century Turkish Rug wool Rug made in central Turkey depicting a Large Lion on a brown field dated 1903. This rug was hanging on the wall of a lobby of a pr...
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Early 20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Ethnic Rug 1960
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber tribal rug, nicely aged and faded with pink and blue colors. Handwoven by The Berber tribes in Morocco with traditional geometric tribal desig...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Goat Hair

Moroccan Vintage Flat-Weave Tribal Rug
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Moroccan flat-weave Kilim rug. Large size vintage Moroccan rug, handwoven by Berber women in Morocco for their own use. This etnic rug was made using flat-weave technique w...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Samarkand Suzani, Uzbekistan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Samarkand suzani, Uzbekistan Tashkent suzani from Samarkand Uzbekistan, 1950. Overall condition is pretty good for its age and use. "Suzani" means needlework and these emb...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Olga Fisch Carpet "Caceria 'The Hunt'" Hungary/Ecuador, circa 1950
Located in Evanston, IL
A "Caceria" designed by the Hungarian Immigre Olga Fisch and hand woven circa 1950 in her Ecuador studio by local artisans. These colorful rugs were an integral part of the 1950s loo...
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Mid-20th Century Ecuadorean Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flatweave Patchwork Rug In White
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish Kilim from the 21st century. The rug consists of a vintage hemp Kilim as the white background and raised patches to form the design. No borders, but a finely abrashe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Hemp

Vintage American Braid Carpet
Located in New York, NY
An American Braided room-size carpet from the third quarter of the 20th century in rustic tones. Measures: 8'7'' x 11'2'' Although America (British-America) has been produci...
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20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Nautical Theme American Hook Rug
Located in New York, NY
This spectacular vintage American, most likely Maine, hooked rug is extremely visual with a stunning myriad of colors contained within a striped border with spinning wheel and nautic...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Midcentury Handmade Persian Pictorial Folk Rug in Red and Blue-Grey
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Hamadan rug handmade during the mid-20th century with a pictorial depiction of what seems to be a historical figure on his horse surrounded by 4 large peacocks and ...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Turkish Snake Pattern Rug
Located in New York, NY
3rd quarter of the 20th Century Turkish Anatolian rug depicting 2 slithering snakes on a striated blue ground. Measures: 3'5' 'x 5'7''.
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Late 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Beige Modern Beni Ourain Moroccan Handmade Multicolor Abstract Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan hand-knotted wool rug. This full-of-art Moroccan rug has an abstract pattern with a multi-color field and accent in a gorgeous all-over Morocca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Sad Pigeon Pictorial Persian Kilim Wall Hanging
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Persian Kilim from the late 20th century with a large lonely white pigeon getting cuddled by a boy and a girl on a blue field This was originally belonging to a private...
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Late 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Full Pile Chinese rug in predominantly blue with vase design in orange and coral from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. A conversation piece. Measure: 5'' x 6'8''.
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1930s Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

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Cat Shopper Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Square scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with 2 cats going on a shopping adventure together on a beige field. This was originally belonging to a private Persian collec...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Persian Mahal Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Mahal rug from the mid-20th century. On a subtly abrashed (natural color striations), saturated crimson red open field are two widely separated, stepped and straigh...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Moroccan Vintage Flat-Weave Stripe Rug
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Moroccan flat-weave Kilim rug. Large size blanket vintage Moroccan rug, handwoven by Berber women in Morocco for their own use. This rug was made using flat-weave technique w...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Antique Rare Decorative Turkish Ottoman Rug
Located in Haslemere, GB
Antique Turkish Ottoman Konya rug. Circa 1880. Hand woven with naturally dyed wool on a cotton foundation, in a very rare and unusual design. Size: 2.25m x 1.46m.
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1880s Turkish Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Vintage Persian Hamadan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Hamadan rug. Although somewhat worn to shabby chic condition, this scatter presents an attractive light blue field with a doubly-pendant medallion with a complex ec...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton

African Tuareg Mat
Located in New York, NY
An african Tuareg Mat depicting with a geometrice design. Tuareg mats are known for their durability because of their reed and leather materials. Keeping this in your collection will...
Category

1930s North African Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Leather, Reed

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Abstract Penguin Pictorial Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Square scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with a stand alone penquin on a khaki ground. This was originally belonging to a private Persian collector who requested to ma...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Orange Dragon Vintage Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Colorful one-of-a-kind Tibetan rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century with a dragon motif on a bright orange field Measures: 3'4'' x 5'7''.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Moroccan Vintage Berber Tribal Rug, circa 1960
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber Tribal rug, nicely aged and faded washed colors. Handwoven by The Berber tribes in Morocco with traditional geometric tribal designs. South of...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Goat Hair

Camel Donkey Anatolian Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid 20th century Turkish Anatolian rug with a pictorial donkey design Size: 2'9'' x 4'9''.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Moroccan Vintage Flat-Weave Majorelle Cobalt Blue Kilim Rug
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Moroccan flat-weave Kilim Majorelle cobalt blue rug. Minimalist Berber pattern on a majorelle cobalt blue color flat weave field. Vintage indigo blue Moroccan rug was handw...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Traditional Turkmen Rug, Rust Wool Carpet, Hand-knotted Antique Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
This elegant handwoven Turkmen antique Rug is woven in the 1880s with sophistication. It features a highly-decorative central design that has been woven on a rust background with blu...
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1880s Turkmen Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Prophet Baby Moses Persian Kashan Pictorial Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind vintage Persian Kashan Pictorial rug from the mid-20th century depicting Baby Moses( the biggest Jewish Prophet) who was found on a basket in the Nile River by the daug...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Kilim in Wonderful Colors
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Vintage enchanting nomadic Kilim never used, private collection. Its frame processing allows to have two parts right, so you can turn it upside down. It was woven on request for wall...
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Mid-20th Century Azerbaijani Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Lamb Sheep Turkish Anatolian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A highly decorative mid-20th century Turkish rug with lambs and sheep luring on a rose color field. Measures: 3'5'' x 6'3'' circa 1940.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Midcentury Moroccan Berber Tribal Rug, circa 1960
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large handwoven vintage Moroccan Berber Tribal rug, nicely aged and faded with orange and blue colors. Midcentury Moroccan area rug with tribal geometric design on blue background Ha...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Goat Hair

Antique American Floral Hooked Rug. Size: 5 ft 6 in x 8 ft 4 in
Located in New York, NY
A magnificently modern design background with floral a floral design antique American hooked rug, country of origin / rug type: antique American rugs, circa early 20th century. Size:...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Dragon Vintage Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Colorful one-of-a-kind Tibetan rug from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century with a dragon motif Measures: 3'4'' x 5'7''.
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Folky Hand-Hooked Mounted Blue Birds Rug from Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This hand-hooked rug was found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and has such great geometric lines. It has a thick NAP and is really great condition.
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Lion Turkish Rug
Located in New York, NY
a 3rd quarter of the 20th century Turkish Anatolian rug with a happy go lucky lion set on a light brown field Measures: 4'2'' x 5'9''.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Happy Deer Pictorial Persian Kilim Wall Hanging
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Persian Kilim from the late 20th century with 6 tweeting birds standing on a head of a happy go lucky deer on a mustard field This was originally belonging to a private...
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Late 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Fun Pictorial Lion Sheep Vintage Turkish Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late 20th century Turkish rug depicting 2 lions outlined in yellow and a pink sheep outlined in light blue on a brown field. they all seem pretty happy, right? dated 1980 Measures...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Antique Chinese Buddhist Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th-century Chinese Buddha rug. Measures: 2'3'' x 4'3''.
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Large Vintage Turkish Rag Rug, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage over-sized cotton rag-rug from Turkey. In excellent condition with vibrant colors.
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1960s Turkish Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Green Turkish Deco Deer Rug
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind hand-knotted Turkish Anatolian rug with 2 deers and 2 other animals on a green ground Measures: 1'9” x 2'3”.
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20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

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