Skip to main content

Large Flat Weave Rugs

Price
Shipping Options
Sort By
Contemporary Handmade Swedish Inspired Persian Large Flat-Weave Rug
Located in New York, NY
A modern Persian large 12' x 18' flat-weave rug, inspired by Swedish and Scandinavian Kilim rugs, handmade during the 21st century. Measures: 11' 7" x 18' 1".
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Persian Scandinavian Modern Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Judith Johansson "Björkhult", Large Flat-Weave Rug, Sweden, 1960s
By Judith Johansson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Johansson "Björkhult" flat weave rug Sweden 1964, measures: 365 x 240cm This very large midcentury Swedish flat-weave rug “Björkhult” by Judith Johansson in brown, beige an...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
A flat-weave rug, measures: 295 x 208 cm Insignificant wear. Washed.
Category

Vintage 1960s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

Materials

Fabric

  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large Colorful Flat-Weave Rug
W 81.89 in. L 116.15 in.
Danish flat-weave modernist large area rug
Located in Ferndale, MI
Flat-weave Danish rug in contrasting greens and red orange detail running through. Backside reverses to darker field. Very nice condition good true colors. Measures 104 x 144
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large De Lys Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Large De Lys flat-weave Size: 14'0" × 19'7" (426 × 596 cm) Contemporary rugs constitute an exceptionally intriguing and complex category. Having miscellaneous faces and flaunting var...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Large De Lys Flat-Weave
  • Large De Lys Flat-Weave
  • Large De Lys Flat-Weave
  • Large De Lys Flat-Weave
W 168 in. L 235 in.
Large "Jajim" Flat-Weave Rug
Located in New York, NY
Large "Jajim" flat-weave rug. An unusually large tribal floor cover or rug, woven in narrow panels with natural ivory and brown wool. Rug with very soft wool, great patina. (Rug size...
Category

20th Century Turkish More Carpets

Materials

Wool

  • Large "Jajim" Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large "Jajim" Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large "Jajim" Flat-Weave Rug
  • Large "Jajim" Flat-Weave Rug
W 141 in. L 145 in.
Large Modern Scandinavian/Swedish Flat-Weave Geometric Design Rug
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large modern Scandinavian design flat weave rug /Swedish design flat-weave rug. Rug/KHN-1039-SW-105 This Scandinavian flat-weave patterned rug is inspired by the work of Swedish t...
Category

2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Striped Hand-Woven Kilim, Vintage Turkish Flat-weave Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads around 1970s to be used as floor coverings in their tents. They were made to use for everyday life r...
Category

20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Goat Hair, Cotton

Handmade Carpet Turkish Kilim Rug Flat-Weave Large Vintage Kilims
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This elegant handwoven wool area rug was constructed in the late 20th century around 1980 in Turkey. The design features cream, brown, blue and rust colours that make up the fantasti...
Category

Vintage 1980s Turkish Tribal Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Alestalon Mattokutomo Large Finnish Flat-Weave Rug, Finland, 1950s
By Alestalon Mattokutomo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alestalon Mattokutomo Large Finnish flat-weave rug, Finland, 1950s. Size: 107" x 74". Handmade by Alestalon Mottokutom, this exquisite flat-weave rug has a very interesting comple...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Modern Scandinavian/Swedish Flat-Weave Geometric Design Rug
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Modern Scandinavian Flat Weave Rug /Swedish Design Flat-Weave Rug. This Scandinavian flat-weave patterned rug is inspired by the work of Swedish textile designers of the early ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sca...

Materials

Wool

Large Vintage Indian Cotton Dhurrie Flat-Weave Rug with Geometric Diamond Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Colorful vintage Indian Dhurrie with Geometric design, rug 19-0301, country of origin / type: India / Dhurrie, circa 1960. Woven during the second half of the 20th century, this d...
Category

Vintage 1960s Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Scandinavian Flat-Weave Design Rug with Shades of Blue and Gray
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Gray and blue Scandinavian flat-weave design rug with geometric design, rug rjk-18845-shb-137-01, country of origin / type: India / Scandinavian flat-weave. This Scandinavia...
Category

2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Scandinavian Flat-Weave Design Rug with Minimalist Stripe Design in Gray
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gray Minimalist stripe design Scandinavian flat-weave rug, rug rjk-17390-shb-002-04, country of origin / type: India / Scandinavian flat-weave. This Scandinavian flat-weave is ins...
Category

2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Vintage Indian Flat-Weave Cotton Dhurrie Rug from Mid-20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large cotton Dhurrie in large scale checkerboard design, Indian Dhurrie, rug 19-0604, country of origin / type: India / Dhurrie, circa 1960 This flat-woven designer Dhurrie from m...
Category

Vintage 1960s Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Antique French Aubusson Decorative Rug Flat-Weave Room Size with Large Medallion
Located in New York, NY
An antique French Aubusson carpet, size: 13'4 x 10'8, circa 1890. This fine Louis Philippe era flat-woven French wool carpet features a large and dynamic central medallion on a relat...
Category

Antique 1890s French Louis Philippe Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Scandinavian/Swedish Geometric Design Flat Weave Rug in Pastel Tones
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Scandinavian/Swedish Geometric Design Flat Weave Rug in Pastel Tones. This Scandinavian Flat-Weave patterned rug is inspired by the work of Swedish textile designers of the ear...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sca...

Materials

Wool

Large Modern Scandinavian or Swedish Flat Weave Rug with Butterfly Design
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Modern Scandinavian or Swedish Flat Weave Rug with Butterfly Design. This Scandinavian flat-weave rug, patterned rug, is inspired by the work of Swedish textile designers of th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sca...

Materials

Wool

Large Scandinavian Modern Wool Flat-Weave "Rollakan" Rug with Geometric Pattern
Located in New York, NY
Large Scandinavian Modern wool rug done in the flat-weave or "rollakan" technique. The rug has field of alternating geometric designs and side borders with diamond shapes and end bor...
Category

20th Century Scandinavian Art Deco Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Midcentury Swedish Flat Weave Carpet, 1950s
Located in Malmo, SE
A large Swedish flat weave carpet by unknown designer. The carpet has a red and white base with multicolored geometrical patterns. Very good vintage condition with some smaller stain...
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Midcentury Large Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet, 1950s
Located in Malmo, SE
Midcentury Swedish flat-weave carpet with a light base and multicolored geometrical patterns. Excellent vintage condition with some smaller signs of usage on lashes.
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Very Large Scandinavian Flat-Weave Design Rug with Geometric All-Over Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gray geometric all-over design Scandinavian flat-weave rug, rug rjk-17389-shb-045-02, Country of origin / type: India / Scandinavian flat-weave. This Scandinavian flat-weave is in...
Category

2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Swedish Inspired Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century inspired by vintage Swedish / Scandinavian Kilims from the mid-20th century period. Measu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Scandinavian Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Flat Weave Kilim in Variegated Striped With Modern Design
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Casual Kilim in Modern design, kilim rug with striped design in muted blues and grays, rug OB-103715358-6018007, country of origin / type: India / Kilim This Casual modern rug fea...
Category

2010s Indian Kilim Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Erik Lundberg Large "Korall" Flat-Weave Rug, Sweden, 1960s - 302cm x 200cm
By Erik Lundberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Erik Lundberg Large "Korall" Flat-Weave Rug, Sweden, 1960s - 302cm x 200cm This huge ((9'11" x 6'6" feet)) and unique geometrically forward design by Erik Lundberg is a Stand out of...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Linen

Colorful Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a horizontally striped pattern in soft, but colorful tones similar to the style of Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Geometric Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flatweave Kilim room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a geometric design in colorful tones perfect for a children's playroom. Measures: 12' 2" x ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a geometric large scale diamond-shaped pattern in earth tones with an overall khaki gre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a geometric large scale pattern resembling circus tents over a bluish-grey background. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful pastel geometric large scale pattern resembling circus tents over a white-be...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a large-scale geometric contemporary pattern in ruby red. Measures: 13' 6" x 16' 5" ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful geometric abstract pattern with serrated edges. Measures: 13' 3" x 16' 4".
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Colorful Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful horizontally striped pattern. A statement piece with its bright and whimsica...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful geometric pattern resembling interconnected serrated edged vases in an abstr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a neutral pastel colored geometric large scale pattern resembling circus tents over a w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Diamond Pattern with All-Over Modern Design Flat-Weave Kilim
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Flat-weave Kilim rug with multi colors, rug AFG-24690, country of origin / type: Afghanistan / Kilim The Diamond design of this Kilim rug makes it perfect for Classic interiors as w...
Category

2010s Afghan Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Colorful Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful horizontally striped pattern. A statement piece with its bright and whimsica...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Swedish Flat-Weave Rölakan Carpet by Ingegerd Silow, 1960s
By Ingegerd Silow
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large flat-weave rölakan carpet designed by Ingegerd Silow, Sweden. Handwoven with a geometric pattern where the colors are different shades of yellow, brown, green, pink and light...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Linen, Wool

Very Large Swedish Flat-Weave Rölakan Carpet by Ingegerd Silow
By Ingegerd Silow
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large flat-weave rölakan carpet named "Ulvåsa blue", designed by Ingegerd Silow, Sweden. handwoven with a geometric pattern where the colors are different shades of blue, white, pi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool, Linen

Mid-20th Century Handmade Turkish Large Oversize Sarkoy Flat-Weave Kilim
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Turkish large oversize Sarkoy flat-weave Kilim handmade during the mid-20th century with a light red field, ivory guard border, navy blue border, and green exterior border....
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Vintage Embroidered Flat-Weave in Ivory and Brown with Geometric Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Geometric design vintage Kilim rug from Turkey in natural tones, rug en-165322, country of origin / type: Turkey / Kilim, circa 1950 Featuring a beautiful geometric design rendere...
Category

Vintage 1950s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large and Early Märta Måås-Fjetterström Flat-Weave Carpet "Rutmattan", 1931
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
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...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Persian Flat-Weave Large Room Size Carpet in Beige Black, and Brown
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary Persian flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century in shades of beige, black, and brown. Measures: 11'5" x 14'5".
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Persian Tribal Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Mid-20th Century Handmade Indian Flat-Weave Dhurrie Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Indian flat-weave Dhurrie large room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 11'10" x 15'7".
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Cotton

Modern Flat-Weave Large Kilim with Blue, Ivory, Brown and Charcoal Stripes
By Keivan Woven Arts
Located in Atlanta, GA
Classic modern design for modern interiors flat-weave large Kilim rug with stripes in shades of blue, gray, ivory, rug afg-6367, country of origin / type: Afghanistan / Kilim This m...
Category

2010s Afghan Kilim Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Natural White Mid-20th Century Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Turkish flat-weave Kilim large, almost square, room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century with tribal design elements over a natural white colored hemp field. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Rustic Turkish Rugs

Materials

Hemp

Large Flat Weave Kilim in Six Panels of Dark Brown, Light Brown, Taupe & Khaki
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Vintage Kilim in Six Panels of Dark Brown, Light Brown, Taupe & Khaki Made from old flat-weave panels that were sewn together and vary in color, this large vintage flat weave...
Category

Vintage 1950s Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Mid-20th Century Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Room Size Carpet in Cream White
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century with a minimalistic design in cream white. Measures: 11' 10" x 14' 5".
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Rustic Turkish Rugs

Materials

Hemp

Large Flat-Weave Persian Rug Fragment Pillow
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Beautiful pillow made of hand woven flat weave Senna Persian rug. All over floral and geometric motifs on cream and blue background. Fine quality Persian weave. Linen backing . F...
Category

Vintage 1960s Persian Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Wool

Large Vintage Jajeem Flat-Weave Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Jajeem features a central repeating diamond pattern complemented by a Greek key design in the border. The fair, pastel colors include light green, light blue, ivory and ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Turkish Kilim Moroccan and North African Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Vintage Turkish Flat Weave Kilim
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage carpet beautifully illustrates the impressive craftsmanship and design of Turkish weavers. The muted design gives the illusion of its large medallion flowing through the...
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Oushak Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Striped Kilim Rug with Modernist Style, Large Flat-Weave Area Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
51836, vintage Striped Kilim rug with Modernist style, large flat-weave Area rug. The neutral hues and clean sophistication in this handwoven wool vintage Turkish Kilim area rug beau...
Category

Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Gray and Blue Scandinavian Flat-Weave Design Rug with Geometric Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large gray and blue Scandinavian flat-weave design rug with geometric design, rug rjk-16223-shb-056-03, country of origin / type: India / Scandinavian flat-weave. This Scandinavia...
Category

2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Indian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Swedish mid-century "rollakan" flat weave rug by Eva-Lisa Nordin
By Eva-lisa Nordin
Located in New York, NY
Large Swedish, Scandinavian mid-century modern "rollakan" flat weave rug in neutral greens, yellows and gray. Designed and signed by Eva-Lisa Nordin. Dimensions: 11' 6" x 8' 6".
Category

20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Four-Panel Stripe Modern Design Flat-Weave Kilim Rug for Modern Interiors
Located in Atlanta, GA
Modern design flat-weave Kilim rug with stripes in multi-colors, rug afg-6420, country of origin / type: Afghanistan / Kilim This flat-woven Kilim rug features a Classic multi-panel...
Category

2010s Afghan Kilim Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Midcentury Swedish Large Flat-Weave Signed ES, 1950s
Located in Malmo, SE
A large midcentury flat-weave carpet with decorative geometrical patterns and a white and pink base. The carpet is Swedish from the 1950s and signed ES. Good vintage condition with s...
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Large Geometric Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A modern Turkish flat-weave Kilim large room size carpet handmade during the 21st century with a colorful geometric pattern of serrated hexagons. Measures: 13' 3" x 15' 5".
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Swedish Handwoven Flat-Weave Carpet by Judith Johansson
By Judith Johansson
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Flat-weave carpet by Judith Johansson titled 'Vallmovång'. Handwoven wool carpet in "rölakan" flat-weave technique. Blue base decorated with polychrome stylized poppies a...
Category

Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Modernist Style Black and White Striped Kilim Area Rug, Large Flat-Weave Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
51835, modernist style black and white striped Kilim area rug, large flat-weave rug. The neutral hues and clean sophistication in this handwoven wool vintage Turkish Kilim area rug b...
Category

Late 20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Striped Nomadic Kilim, Flat-weave Rug
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These authentic flat-weaves (Kilims) from Eastern Turkey were handwoven by Nomads in mid-20th century to be used as floor coverings in their tents. They were made to use for everyday...
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool, Cotton

  • 1

Large Flat Weave Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of large flat weave rugs for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct large flat weave rugs — often made from fabric, wool and linen — can elevate any home. Find 45 antique and vintage large flat weave rugs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 18 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of large flat weave rugs available, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Large flat weave rugs bearing Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made large flat weave rugs over the years, but those made by Keivan Woven Arts, Ingegerd Silow and Anna Johanna Ångström are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Large Flat Weave Rugs?

Large flat weave rugs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,485, while the lowest priced sells for $275 and the highest can go for as much as $25,940.

Finding the Right Rugs and Carpets for You

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it. Good vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug, Moroccan berber rug (see our guide) or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but if you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile master Märta Måås-Fjetterström and other artisans. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up every time you’re looking down.