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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 Turkish Tulu Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Tulu Turkish rug from the mid-20th century. A wide plain saturated marsala colored border with a beige open field. No ditzy ornamentation. Totally graphic with a very long ...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Bear Banjo Bird Tweeting Pictorial Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with a bear playing with his banjo. Looks like a small bird is tweeting while he's playing! Tweet Tweet! How Sweet? This was origina...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

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

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Wool

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. Ke...
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1930s North African Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Leather, Reed

African Tuareg Mat
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Vintage Moroccan Brown Plum Tribal Berber Rug
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Tribal Moroccan Berber rug, different hues of browns, plum and rust natural organic wo.This carpet is a gorgeous piece of Abstract Modernist Art...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan 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

Antique Indochinese Art Deco Rug in Gold with Kirin Pictorials, from Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in wool circa 1920-1930, this 9x11 antique 9x11 Indochinese Art Deco rug is a rare and exciting curation from the Rug & Kilim collection. On the Design: This is an ex...
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1920s Chinese Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Zabihi Collection Horse Pictorial Persian Wall Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Accent size Persian Kilim from the late 20th century with what looks like a colorful horse surrounded by small trees on a dark ground color Measures: 4'3'' x 7'2''. This was origin...
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Bakhtiari Style Runner Rug in Brown with Geometric Patterns - Rug & Kili
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in wool circa 1970-1980, this 3x11 vintage runner rug is a new addition to the Rug & Kilim collection. On the Design: Inspired by Persian Bakhtiari rugs, this piece i...
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19th Century Turkish Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Antique Blue Chinese Pictorial Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Chinese pictorial throw-size rug Measures: 2'8' x 5'.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Zabihi Collection Silk Pictorial Herekeh Rug
Located in New York, NY
3rd quarter of the 20th century Fine Turkish silk one-of-a-kind Herekeh rug with a beautiful pictorial animal garden design Measures: 1'4'' x 1'11'.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Silk

Antique Kurdish Rug Gold Red Striped Geometric Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in wool originating from Turkey circa 1900-1910, this antique rug connotes a traditional Kurdish rug design with a coarse, lush knotting in the richer hues cordoned off ...
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19th Century Turkish Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

1960s Vintage Turkish Rug in Red, Beige and Pink Geometric Pattern, Distressed
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in wool, a 6x10 vintage rug from a revered Turkish designer, entering Rug & Kilim’s commemorative Mid-Century Pasha Collection. This traditional spin enjoys a dextrous...
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Hand-Knotted Antique Sarouk Persian Rug in Orange and Black Floral Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
A 12x21 antique Persian rug of Sarouk lineage, hand knotted in wool circa 1920-1930. Enjoying one of the most exciting pallets of a traditional rug in a rich blue and orange, playin...
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1960s Persian Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Henry Easterwood Tapestry Runner in Brown with Florals, from Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
This vintage 7x15 tapestry runner is a rare collectible from the works of Henry Easterwood—hand-woven in wool, circa 1970-1980. Its design features warm brown, which underscores a pl...
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Antique Kashmir Rug With Pictorials and Floral Patterns, From Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Made with hand-knotted wool and silk circa 1920-1930, this 2×3 antique Kashmir rug is an exciting new curation from Rug & Kilim’s collection of rare Indian rugs. On the Design: Br...
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1920s Indian Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Antique Persian Bakhtiari Rug in Navy Blue With Pictorial, From Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in wool circa 1920-1930, this 7×11 antique Persian Bakhtiari rug is a rare and exciting new Rug & Kilim curation. On the Design: Admirers of the craft will appreciate...
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1920s Persian Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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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...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Cotton

Large Traditional Tree of Life Red Wool Carpet
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large Traditional Tree of Life Red Wool Carpet The Carpet is a wonderful Bright colour with an attractive pattern and a wide border The symmetrical centre panel of this intricate a...
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1920s Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

20th Century Swedish Rag Rug
Located in Boden, SE
A fantastically Swedish Rag Rug in beautiful color & pattern. Handwoven in Boden Northern Sweden . The rug is freshly washed. Vintage & antique Swedish Rag Rugs from Sweden comes in ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Early 20th Century Oval American Hooked Rug ( 7'8" x 10'6" - 234 x 320 )
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th Century Oval American Hooked Rug ( 7'8" x 10'6" - 234 x 320 )
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Early 20th Century American Hooked Rug ( 2'3" x 7' - 68 x 213 )
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th Century American Hooked Rug ( 2'3" x 7' - 68 x 213 )
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

20th Century Swedish Rag Rug Country Folk Art Hand W
Located in Boden, SE
A fantastically Swedish Rag Rug in beautiful color & pattern. Handwoven in Boden Northern Sweden . The rug is freshly washed. Vintage & antique Swedish Rag Rugs from Sweden comes in ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Cotton

20th Century Swedish Rag rug
Located in Boden, SE
A fantastically Swedish Rag Rug in beautiful color & pattern. Handwoven in Boden Northern Sweden . The rug is freshly washed. Vintage & antique Swedish Rag Rugs from Sweden comes in ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Cotton

Zabihi Collection Camel Donkey Anatolian Pictorial Scatter Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid 20th century Turkish Anatolian rug with a pictorial design depicting a donkey and camel. Size: 3'2'' x 3'11''.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Zabihi Collection Early 20th century Kashan Pictorial Landscape Scenery Rug
Located in New York, NY
Finely Woven Botanical early 20th century Kashan Pictorial Rug. A brown Deer, 2 rabbits in a pretty surrounding. Details rug no. j1868 size 2' 1" x 2' 10" (64 x 86 cm)
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Early 20th Century American Hooked Rug ( 2'3" x 3'1" - 69 x 94 )
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th Century American Hooked Rug ( 2'3" x 3'1" - 69 x 94 )
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1910s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Fabric

Zabihi Collection Modern Persian Souf Kilim
Located in New York, NY
A Modern Souf Persian carpet dpeicting a lion on a neutral field 3'11'' x 5'5'' Souf rugs are very rare technique found as they have a raised low and high pile technique. They are...
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21st Century and Contemporary Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Rare antique Avunya rug, Anatolia, Bergama region
Located in Vienna, AT
This wonderful niche carpet comes from Avunya, northwest Anatolia in the province of Bergama. It has the typical attributes of these rare carpets. The harmonious balance of the desig...
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1870s Turkish Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Zabihi Collection Large Deer Turkish Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
mid-20th century Turkish Rug with 2 large Deers surrounding multiple borrders and a central medallion Details rug no. j3741 size 4' 10" x 10' 5" (147 x 318 cm)  
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20th Century Turkish Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Magnificent antique rug, central Anatolia Konya region Turkey 1870
Located in Vienna, AT
This is a magnificent carpet from Konya, Central Anatolia. It has all the characteristics of this carpet region from which the most beautiful and best pieces in Anatolia come. Konya ...
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1870s Turkish Antique Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Bobyrug’s Wonderful art deco period Peruvian tapestry
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Discover the elegance of this art deco style Peruvian hand-woven tapestry featuring the exquisite design of the women working in the village. There’s a monogram of the name of the ar...
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Mid-20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Afghan Pictorial Accent Rug of Frankenstein
Located in New York, NY
A modern Afghan accent rug handmade during the 21st century with a pictorial depiction of the horror Classic character, Frankenstein. Measures: 6' 8" x 9' 6".
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Zabihi Collection Chinese Batou Wall of China Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
Full plush pile Chinese Batou rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century featuring the wall of China Measure: 4'7'' x 6'
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Zabihi Collection Chinese Pictorial Scatter Size Early 20th Century Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Chinese Peking rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century with an animal pictorial motif Measures: 1'11" x 3'7".
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Japanese Sakiori Rug
Located in Vancouver, BC
Sakiori is a traditional Japanese painstaking technique of rag weaving utilizing strips of salvages kimono, futon covers and other fabric. Nothing goes to waste. ] This incredible r...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

1930s American Braided Rug ( 8' R - 245 R )
Located in New York, NY
1930s American Braided Rug ( 8' R - 245 R )
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Fabric

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

Materials

Wool

Zabihi Collection Horse Pictorial Persian Wall Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Small square size Persian Kilim from the late 20th century with a horse standing on a sky blue field Measures: 3'8'' x 3'9''. This was originally belonging to a private Persian col...
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Mid-20th Century Polish Cepelia Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful mid-20th century Polish Folk Art Cepelia rug depicting a village with rows of houses and churches, and sylized trees, all woven in muted orange...
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1950s Polish Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Handknotted Kazak Wool Carpet in Blue-Turquise-Red-Brown Geometric Design 1960s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Kazak knotted carpets originally come from the Caucasus region. A Kazak is characterised by geometric patterns and figures and striking colours. This Kazak was hand-knotted in the st...
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1960s Caucasian Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton

Zabihi Collection Chinese Batou Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
Full plush pile Chinese Batou Animal Pictorial design rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century Measure: 4'4'' x 6'9''.
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Egyptian Runner Rug Wall Hanging Vintage Bohemian Traditional North African
Located in London, GB
This vintage 1990s cotton mix rug, imported from Egypt, is patterned in an exciting geometric way, with a mix of browns, reds, greens, and yellows. The edges of the rug are fringed, ...
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1990s Egyptian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton, Yarn

Zabihi Collection Vintage Persian Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th Century Persian Pictorial small square rug Measures: 3'' x 4'1'' circa 1940.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Wool Roses Rug Boho 1960s Vintage Organic Handmade Wall Hanging Christmas Throw
Located in London, GB
A small rug, imported from Greece, and featuring a red rose pattern on a tan background. This piece is handwoven from organic wool, and consists of two identically sized panels, hand...
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1960s Greek Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Yarn

1930s American Hooked Rug ( 5'5" x 7'9" - 165 x 235 )
Located in New York, NY
1930s American Hooked Rug ( 5'5" x 7'9" - 165 x 235 )
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

1930s American Hooked Rug ( 3' x 3'2" - 91 x 112 )
Located in New York, NY
1930s American Hooked Rug ( 3' x 3'2" - 91 x 112 )
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

1930s American Hooked Rug ( 6' x 8'4" - 183 x 254 )
Located in New York, NY
1930s American Hooked Rug ( 6' x 8'4" - 183 x 254 )
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Long Wool Roses Runner Rug 1960s Vintage Wool Christmas Wall Hanging Floor Brown
Located in London, GB
A stunning and lengthy wool runner from 1960s Greece, with an overall shade of pinky red. Can be used as a long runner in a corridor, as a throw over the back of a sofa, or even as a...
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1960s Greek Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Yarn

Zabihi Collection Chinese Blue Scatter Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scatter-size Chinese Peking rug in blue from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Measures: 2'6" x 4'2''
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage Berber Red Green Tartan Rug Large 1970s Handmade North African Christmas
Located in London, GB
This wine red rug features a classic tartan pattern with white and green interlocking lines made out of cotton mixed strips, creating a timeless and invit...
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1970s Algerian Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Textile, Fabric

Nepal Carpet, Over Size
Located in Evanston, IL
A Timeless Masterpiece: The Exquisite 30-Year-Old Nepal Carpet. In the world of fine rugs, few treasures can match the enduring beauty and artistry of a Nepal carpet. This magnificen...
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1990s Nepalese Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Handmade 1960s Black Red Brown Striped Wool Rug Throw Geometric Designs Vintage
Located in London, GB
A handmade wool rug in black and brown, with both stripes and geometric designs. This rug has an eye catching pattern in reds, yellows, blues and greens and although it has the vinta...
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1960s Greek Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Yarn

Zabihi Collecton Animal Pictorial Soumac Pillow
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind Pillow made from a flat-weave Persian early 20th-century soumac flat-weave consisting of an animal pattern. 19'' x 19''
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Contemporary Handmade Pictorial Accent Rug of Frankenstein
Located in New York, NY
A modern Afghan accent rug handmade during the 21st century with a pictorial depiction of the horror Classic character, Frankenstein. Measures: 6' 9" x 9' 5".
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

A Lovely Bright Red Wool Rug The Carpet is a wonderful Bright colour
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Lovely Bright Red Wool Rug The Carpet is a wonderful Bright colour with an attractive pattern and a wide border, there is little wear to the selvage edge at one end and a slightly...
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1950s Vintage Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Zabihi Collection Colorful Dragon Vintage Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A colorful one-of-a-kind Tibetan rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century with a colorful dragon motif Measures: 3'1'' x 5'1''.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool

1960s Moroccan Berber Rug in Royal Blue, Pink and Orange Colors
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s vintage authentic Moroccan Berber Rug in Orange Blue and Pink cors.For centuries the tribal people of Morocco's Atlas Mountains have passed down the delicate art of rug-weaving...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Rugs and Carpets

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Folk Art rugs and carpets for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art rugs and carpets 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 rugs and carpets created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include rugs and carpets, folk art, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, wool and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art rugs and carpets made in a specific country, there are Asia, West Asia, and Iran pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original rugs and carpets, popular names associated with this style include Berber Tribes of Morocco, Desso, hettler.tüllmann, and Joseph Carini Carpets. 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 rugs and carpets differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $70,000 while the average work can sell for $2,875.

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