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Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence 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.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture 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
Authentic Tribal Moroccan Handmade Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Tribal Moroccan Handmade Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 5'8" × 9'10" (172 × 299 cm) This vintage Moroccan rug dates back to 1955 and is hand-woven out of wool. The qua...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

'Gravitación 1994' Rug by Eduardo Chillida for Nanimarquina
Located in Glendale, CA
'Gravitación 1994' rug by Eduardo Chillida for Nanimarquina. Born in 1924, Eduardo Chillida was a celebrated and prolific Spanish sculptor. He began his life work in Paris, but i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Silk, Wool

Cranberry Pink Mid-Century Modern Hand-Knotted Sustainable Silk Rug in Stock
Located in New York, NY
The Rumi collection master weavers artfully re-spin and hand-knot the finest remnants of sustainable sari-silk to create the breakthrough Rumi Silk Collection. These remarkable patte...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Silk

Abstract Scandinavian Multicolor High Pile Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia Sweden Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Made in high quality Rya ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Verner Panton Rug for Edward Fields
Located in Chicago, IL
Panton for Edward Fields custom Op-Art rug. [Signed Edward Fields Panton 23135] on Verso.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Swedish Geometric Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish geometric design handmade wool rug. Woven initials and date 'GO 1952' at Doris Leslie Blau. Size: 6'3" × 9'8" (192 × 295 cm) Woven circa 1952, this vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Swedish Rug Attributed by Ingegerd Silow at Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th Century Swedish rug attributed by Ingegerd Silow at Doris Leslie Blau Size: 5'5" × 7'7" (165 × 231 cm) Synthesizing elements of the early 20th century Swedish Grace Movement...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

1960s Vintage Distressed Runner in Gold, Rust Red, Blue Geometric Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in low wool pile, a 3x10 vintage runner in distressed style from the works of a revered Turkish designer. Originating from Turkey circa 1960-1970, the runner draws l...
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1960s Turkish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Rug “Rabatten Gul” Designed by Barbro Nilsson, Sweden, 1944
Located in Stockholm, SE
Hand knotted pile technique. Signed ‘BN’ L: 310 cm / 10’ 2” W: 204 cm / 6’ 8 1/2".  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Italian Short Pile Fendi Carpet, 80s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian short pile Fendi carpet, 80s Brown and beige zebra striped short pile carpet with red and black details from Fendi, 1980s. On the corners there is the logo in red. Goo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Russian Roller Printed Cotton Fabric Panel, Mid-20th Century or Earlier
Located in Istanbul, TR
These type of Russian prints that are also called 'trade cloth' since they were made for Central Asian markets. They were used to make blankets and dresses, and also used for the lin...
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Mid-20th Century Russian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Russian Roller Printed Cotton Fabric Panel, Mid-20th Century or Earlier
Located in Istanbul, TR
These type of Russian prints that are also called 'trade cloth' since they were made for Central Asian markets. They were used to make blankets and dresses, and also used for the lin...
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Mid-20th Century Russian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Modern Swedish Geometric Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Swedish Geometric wool rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 4'4" × 6'8" (132 × 203 cm) This vintage flat-woven Swedish rug is a rare jewel of Scandinavian design – it en...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Large and Early Märta Måås-Fjetterström Flat-Weave Carpet "Rutmattan", 1931
Located in Copenhagen, DK
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM - MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN This vintage Swedish flat-weave carpet was designed by Märta Maas-Fjetterström in 1931. It has a geometric pattern with very be...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Handwoven Persian Kilim Rug with Vibrant Colors
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern handwoven Persian Kilim rug Mid-20th Century Colorful and vibrant geometric design Measures: 4'10" X 9'4" Good original vintage condition. R...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Afghan Rug, Red Handwoven Red Wool Carpet
Located in Hampshire, GB
This fine wool rug was woven by hand in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The central design features a traditional geometric motif design woven in accents of cream blue and green on a...
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1990s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Modernist German Wall Rug by Ewald Kröner for Schloss Hackhausen, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Wall rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Germany Producer: Schloss Hackhausen, Germany Design: Ewald Kröner This rug is a great example of 1970...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Cotton

Alestalon Mattokutomo, Golden and Blue Finnish Flat-Weave Rug, Finland, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alestalon Mattokutomo - golden and blue Finnish flat-weave rug, Finland, 1950s Handmade flat-weave by Alestalon Mottokutom, this exquisite and rare piece has a golden table of Cla...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Linen

Pale Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century room size Chinese rug in various shades of blue. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen to it as well.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Corneille Artwork Decorative Rug, Denmark, 1980
By Corneille 1
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and decorative rug after an artwork by Corneille, Denmark, 1980s. This decorative rug was produced by a Danish company in the 1980s. Signed Corneille on the right corner, t...
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1980s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Beautiful Design Geometric Wool Carpet / Rug, 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1950s - Czechoslovakia - Good original condition - Handmade of wool.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Empire Hand Knotted Wool Antique Reproduction Large Rug
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Imperio rug made in Spain, circa 1970. Hand knotted wool antique reproduction Measures: 300 x 300 cm.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Italian Short Pile Fendi Carpet, 80s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian short pile Fendi carpet, 80s. Brown short pile rug with dark green details from Fendi, 1980s. On the corners there is the logo in dark green. Perfect conditions. Meas...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Scandinavian Style Kilim Rug in Gray, Colorful Geometric Pattern by Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Handwoven in wool, a smart Scandinavian style kilim rug from our award-winning flatweave selections of the titular collection. The almost square size graph witnesses a symmetric geom...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Persian Tribal Kilim Accent Rug in Cream, Brown, Charcoal
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian tribal flat-weave Kilim accent rug handmade during the mid-20th century with 3 zebra striped columns in cream, brown, and charcoal. Measures: 6' 2" x 9' 9".
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Mid-20th Century Persian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-Century Modern Design Turkish Rug, Vintage Modern Carpet in Bright Yellow
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-Century Modern Design Turkish Rug, Vintage Modern Carpet in Bright Yellow. Rendered in a bright yellow background with blocks of various colors, this unique rug showcases an abst...
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1950s Turkish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th century Swedish Rya Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish Rya wool rug in purple, blue, green and yellow by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 2'5" × 4'4" (73 × 132 cm) This stunning vintage Swedish rug immediately draws the e...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Swedish Flat-Weave Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish flat-weave wool rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 5'3" × 7'7" (160 × 231 cm) Simple yet elegant, this vintage Swedish flat-weave fully exhibits the potential of...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Ingegerd Silow, Swedish Flat-Weave Rug, Signed Sweden, 1970's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ingegerd Silow - Swedish flat-weave rug - Signed Sweden, 1970's - 93" x 66.5" Beautiful vintage handwoven Swedish flat-weave rug designed by Ingegerd Silow. Wonderful and vibrant ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Linen

Handmade Wooven Wool Moroccan Rug
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Handmade woven wool Moroccan rug. Made by unkniown manufacturer in Morocco, circa 1960. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiful ...
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1960s Moroccan Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Large Vintage Danish Rya Rug
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful traditional Danish Rya rug with vibrant hues color. Wonderful geometric abstract design traditional of Rya rugs. We are unsure of who designed this piece but we are sure th...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

"Musicos Con Mascaras", Large Wool Tapestry After Pablo Picasso
Located in Dronten, NL
A fine wool carpet by Picasso, woven into short pile tapestry. After the painting in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. From the limited edition of 500, manufactured and published ...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Outstanding Contemporary Teal Blue Oversized Geometric Kilim Rug 11 x 15 feet
Located in Milan, IT
A stunning wool kilim, hand-woven with the same technique of antique tribal flat-weaves, distinguished by a careful miscellany of hand-spun wool threads in teal blue, ivory and bronz...
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2010s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Kilim Cushion Cover Sky Blue Traditional Wool Scatter Cushion Pillow
Located in Hampshire, GB
This new traditional kilim cushion cover is a handwoven piece constructed in the early 21st century. The design has been delicately woven by hand and features a symmetrical geometric...
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Early 2000s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Vintage Azilal Moroccan Handmade Pink Geometric Diamond Pattern Green Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful vintage Azilal Moroccan hand-knotted wool rug with the green field. This Moroccan rug has a pink accent and beige fringes in all-over diamond patterns with different Berber...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Large Vintage Colorful Psychedelic High Pile Rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high qua...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Acrylic

Antique Persian Hamadan Rug with Arts & Crafts Style
Located in Dallas, TX
77568, antique Persian Hamadan rug with Arts & Crafts style. This hand knotted wool antique Persian Hamadan rug features a serrated hexagonal medallion with anchor pendants floating ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Geometric Kilim Carpet or Rug
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1970s - Double-sided - Nice complete fringes - In style of A. Kybal.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Rya Rug Wall Hanging by lb Antoni "Boxer"
Located in Fulton, CA
Quirky wall hanging Rya rug. "Kids Collection" designed by lb Antoni. Depicting a smiling child with boxing gloves.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Mid-Century Modern Style and Neutral Colors
Located in Dallas, TX
With its well defined lines and trellis design pattern, this Berber Moroccan rug with Mid-Century Modern style is believed to protect the human spirit from negative energy and shield...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Swedish Beige and Brown Handmade Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th Century Swedish Beige and Brown Handmade Wool Rug by Doris Leslie Blau Size: 3'0" × 6'0" (91 × 182 cm) This circa 1950 vintage Swedish pile area rug features a large rectang...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Midcentury Tulu Red and Multi-Color Wool Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from Turkey in 1950, this vintage midcentury wool rug features a more contemporary approach to a Tulu rug design. Hand knotted in high quality wool, the mixed pile height...
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1950s Turkish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Earth Tone Stripe Moroccan Wool Rug
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extra soft high pile Moroccan wool rug. Neutral pallet with shades ranging from browns to beiges and grays.
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Antique Striped Carpet Zig-Zag Kilim Rug Brown Cream Wool Area Rug
Located in Hampshire, GB
This fine antique brown wool Kilim rug was woven by hand in the 1940s in Azerbaijan. The central design has been woven with a brown background and features a bold cream zig-zag desig...
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1940s Azerbaijani Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Rug “The girl in the window” Designed by Edna Martin, Sweden, 1956
Located in Stockholm, SE
Monogram signed SH. Flat woven rug. Measures: W: 167 cm / 5 5'1/2" L: 254.5 cm / 8 4'1/6".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Handmade Rug Vintage Afghan Rug, Traditional Oriental Area Carpet
Located in Hampshire, GB
This elegantly woven wool carpet was constructed by hand in the 1960s. The central design has been woven with three large diamond medallions woven with a decorative surrounding desig...
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1960s Afghan Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Rug by Anna-Greta Sjöqvist, Sweden, 1950’s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rug by Anna-Greta Sjöqvist, Sweden, 1950’s. Knotted handwoven wool. Relief pile technique. Signed ’AGS’ Measures: L: 254 cm / 8’ 4” W: 168 cm / 5’ 6”.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

1960s Abstract Wool Carpet by Greif,Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Distressed Tribal Style Rug in Blue, Yellow, Beige Geometric Pattern by Rug & Ki
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand-knotted in wool, an 8 x 10 distressed rug from our Homage collection boasting sharp linears in geometric patterns similar to Turkish tribal design of the 1960s. The blend of can...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Midcentury Geometric Beige and Blue Hand Knotted Wool Rug with Crimson Floral
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in Turkey with high-quality wool, this geometric rug enjoys minimal distress and a variety of inspirations from Khotan pieces, particularly in the Fine, elegant floral m...
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1960s Turkish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Rya Carpet, Swedish, Colorful, Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
1950s, Swedish Rya rug with a colorful, plush wool pile. Measures: 8'3" x 11'4".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Scandinavian Style Kilim Runner, Beige-Brown, Gray Geometric Pattern by R&K
Located in Long Island City, NY
A 3x14 addition to Rug & Kilim’s award-winning Scandinavian flat weave collection. Featuring a scintillating geometric pattern in beige-brown, white and gray, the Kilim runner draws ...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Modernist Vintage Hook Rug/Wall Hanging Musical Motif
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist vintage hook rug/wall hanging, musical Motif, in the manner of Picasso, excellent original condition, nice use of color, texture and space.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Turkish Painted Oushak Kars Wide Runner with Contemporary Tribal Style
Located in Dallas, TX
52288 Vintage Turkish Painted Oushak Kars Gallery Rug with Contemporary Modern Style 05'06 x 15'06. Add personality to your space with a modern take on eclectic style. This vintage T...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Italian Mid-Century Modern Round Short-Pile Carpet with Circular Motifs, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern round short-pile carpet with circular motifs, 1970s Round short-pile carpet, with circular motifs inside in orange, burgundy and white on a brown backgrou...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Fabric

Mid-20th century Swedish Brown Beige Gray Blue Flat-Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish brown, beige, grey, blue flat-weave wool rug by Ingegerd Silow Size: 5'6" × 7'8" (167 × 233 cm) What makes vintage Swedish rugs so special is not only their ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Neutral Vintage Turkish Oushak Rug
Located in New York, NY
MId 20th century Neutral Color Turkish Oushak rug Measures: 6'3'' x 8'9''.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

Midcentury carpet signed by Leleu
Located in Weiningen, CH
Midcentury carpet signed by Leleu. The marks on the carpet are from a table standing on it.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rugs and Carpets

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Wool

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