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1950s grey textil and wooden base Daybed by Theo Ruth
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Grey textil, wooden base, Daybed by Theo Ruth for Artifort, Netherland, 1950s. The daybed comes in clear lines and shape and is designed by Theo Ruth with a slight backrest raise....
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Wood, Textile

Vintage French Brass Table Lamp with Bird Figure by Maison Charles
By Maison Charles
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage French table lamp with brass bird and floral elements on wooden base colored with glossy black colour, by Maison Charles. Lamp is with the new made satin finish black color ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Loro Piana Cashmere Decorative Lumbar Pillow
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Loro Piana Cashmere decorative lumbar pillow. Grey pillow with woven grey and blue Swedish textile inset and grey silk backing. Accentuated with a small gold and black woven ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Down, Trimming, Wool, Feathers

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Large Linen Textile Swatch 1955 Signed, Schumacher
By Schumacher, Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Panel swatch dating to frank Lloyd wright’s original 1955 collection for Schumacher. "Design 102" Extremely rare original large scale fabric swatch. This swatch is also in the collec...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tapestries

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Linen

Pair of Beige Armchairs, Edmund Homa, Type GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Yellow Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Green Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Purple Violet Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Blue Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Goscieninska Furniture factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Pink Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Goscieninska Furniture factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Red Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Charles Hollis Jones "Waterfall" Counter Stools in Lucite and Stainless Steel
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning set of four counter stools designed by Charles Hollis Jones as part of the "Waterfall" collection. These stools are made out of Lucite with stainless steel footrests and sw...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Stainless Steel

Green Apple Armchair and Stool, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Set of armchair and foot stool GFM-142 type, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchair was made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. Th...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Beige Armchairs, Edmund Homa, GFM-142, 1960s, Poland
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A pair of armchairs GFM-142, designed by Edmund Homa. The armchairs were made in the 1960s in the Gosciecinska Furniture Factory. They are made from solid beechwood. The GFM-142 armc...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Charles Hollis Jones "Waterfall" Counter Stools in Lucite and Stainless Steel
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning set of four counter stools designed by Charles Hollis Jones as part of the "Waterfall" collection. These stools are made out of Lucite with stainless steel footrests and sw...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Pineapple Shape White Porcelain Table Lamp by Zaccagnini, Italy 1960s
By Urbano Zaccagnini
Located in Palermo, IT
Umberto Zaccagnini design table lamp, produced in Italy in the 1960s. Ceramic structure in the shape of a pineapple. Fabric lampshade. Hand painted logo on the bottom. Wear consiste...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Textile

Kalmar Table Lamp, Brass Leather, 1970, One of Three
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
One of three table lamps by J.T. Kalmar, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or 1970s). They are made of a brass covered base, a covered stand with dark brown leather,...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Gold and Yellow Decorative Pillows
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern gold and yellow decorative pillows with beige silk backings. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Closure by stitch (no zipper closure...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Polyester

Hand Loomed Textile
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An exquisite hand-loomed textile of good scale incorporating an expressive and colorful array of tufted wool and variegated fabric elements.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Quilts and Blankets

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Textile

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H 1.5 in. W 36.5 in. D 31.25 in.
Mid-Century Modern Decorative Gray Throw Pillow
Located in Norwalk, CT
This new accent pillow of East-meets-West design aesthetic showcases a floral design with predominant Vintage gray color. Hand-made, using either 100% premium wool. This pillow me...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Mid-Century Modern Decorative Gray Throw Pillow
Located in Norwalk, CT
This new accent pillow of East-meets-West design aesthetic showcases a floral design with predominant Vintage gray color. Hand-made, using either 100% premium wool. This pillow mea...
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Mid-Century Modern Lucite & Brass Bipartitecurtain Rod with Brackets, Vintage
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern Lucite and brass Bipartite curtain rod with brackets, vintage. 40’’ each, connects at middle, includes 3 brackets.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Curtains and Valances

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Vintage Silk Scarf Throw Pillow, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian vintage silk scarf throw pillow, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Cotton

Mid-Century Modern Italian Vintage Silk Scarf Throw Pillow, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian vintage silk scarf throw pillow.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Orange and Brown Squares Pattern Drapery Panel
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Mid-Century Modern orange and brown squares pattern drapery panel. Pinch pleats, lined. (Some stains on the hem) Ideal for upholstery or pillows. Found in Paris. Another panel av...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Curtains and Valances

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Polyester

Mid-Century Modern Orange and Brown Squares Pattern Drapery Panel
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Mid-Century Modern orange and brown squares pattern drapery panel. Pinch pleats, lined. (Some stains on the hem) Ideal for upholstery or pillows. Found in Paris. Another panel av...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Curtains and Valances

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Polyester

Mid-Century Modern Italian Vintage Souvenir Silk Scarf Throw Pillow, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian vintage souvenir silk scarf throw pillow with cashmere reverse.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool, Silk

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Souvenir Silk Scarf Throw Pillow from 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern vintage souvenir silk scarf throw pillow with cashmere wool back.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool, Silk

Pair of Brown and Grey Mid-Century Modern Decorative Pillows
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of Brown and Grey Mid-Century Modern Textile Decorative Pillows. in shades of brown, black, tan, blue, white. With small flat A.T.G. custom trim. Decorative pillows handcrafted...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Down, Feathers, Linen

Mid-20th Century Batik, Kain, Hip-Wrap Clothing Garment, Java
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Batik, Kain, hip-wrap clothing garment, java, mid-20th century. Worn by both men and women. Black, blue, soga brown and ecru. Designs are applied using the wax resist-dye method. Ty...
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20th Century Javanese Mid-Century Modern Textiles

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Cotton

Pair of Custom Stenciled Linen Nomi Pillows
By Nomi Textiles
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom pillows made with hand stenciled cream colored linen fronts and antique gold colored silk backs. Self cording, down inserts, sewn shut. A perfect pair of accent pillow...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Linen

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brown Leather Patchwork by De Sede Pillow, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage pillow by De Sede 1970, Switzerland, was made of brown leather patchwork and shows a charming leather patina. The condition is fair. Approximate measures...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Leather

Pair of Fortuny Textile Pillows w/ Sphinxes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom pillows made with unique Fortuny cotton fronts depicting Sphinxes and cream velvet backs. Self cording, down inserts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Velvet

1950s Mid-Century Textile Beige Brown Floral Vintage Flat Weave with Embroidery
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand woven in wool originating from Turkey circa 1950-1960, this vintage mid-century flat weave represents a remarkable piece of textile from its period, marrying flat weaving and em...
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Vintage 1950s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Fabric by The Yard Mid-Century Modern Yellow and Red Tear Drop Pattern Fabric
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Mid-Century Modern yellow and red tear drop pattern fabric. Lightweight cotton small trellis pattern. Ideal for pillows. Size: 43" W x 2.5 yards.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Vintage Natural and Brown Palm Fronds Decorative Bolster Pillow
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage natural and brown palm fronds decorative bolster pillow with brown custom ATG decorative trim and natural linen backing. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the U...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Linen

Pair of Beige Tone-on-Tone Loro Piana Cashmere Decorative Lumbar Pillows
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of beige tone-on-tone loro piana cashmere decorative lumbar pillows Front with tan color sheer wool backings. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Zipper c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Beige Tone-on-tone Loro Piana Cashmere Decorative Lumbar Pillow
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Beige tone-on-tone Loro Piana cashmere decorative lumbar pillow Front with tan color sheer wool backing. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Zipper closure with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Vintage Grey and Tan Tartan Plaid Wool Decorative Throw
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage grey and tan tartan plaid wool decorative throw. This fabric was a favorite of Parisian Fashion designer Pierre Cardin in the 1950s. Found in Paris. Size: 60" W x 59" H.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Vintage Pair of Hunter Green Wool Square Decorative Pillows
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage pair of hunter green wool square decorative pillows Carriage cloth, double sided Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Zipper closure with custom made pi...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Vintage Hunter Green Wool Square Decorative Pillow
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage pair of hunter green wool square decorative pillow Carriage cloth, double sided. This pillow has a seam in the back Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Grey and Blue Woven and Embroidered Alpaca Decorative Bolster
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Grey and blue woven and embroidered alpaca decorative bolster same solid alpaca backing. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Closure by stitch (no zipper closur...
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Late 20th Century Argentine Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Vintage Pair of Army Green Wool Square Decorative Pillows
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage pair of army green wool square decorative pillows Carriage cloth, double sided Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Zipper closure with custom made pillo...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Fabric by the Yard: Printed Cotton Midcentury "MOD" Multi Color Fabric
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Fabric by the yard, printed cotton midcentury "MOD" multi-color fabric Fabric by the yard, in shades of yellow, green, red and grey. Type: Cotton/ barkcloth or bark cloth. Ideal f...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Fabric by the Yard: Printed Blue and White Medallions Fabric
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Fabric by the Yard, printed blue and white medallions fabric Type: Cotton. Ideal for upholstery, pillows or shade. Size: 38" W x 59" L (1 yard + 23").
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Fabric by the Yard: Printed Linen Yellow and Natural Abstract Fabric
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Fabric by the yard, printed linen yellow and natural abstract fabric. Type: Linen. Ideal for upholstery, pillows or shade. Size: 48" W x 46" L (1 yard and 10").
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Vintage Brown and White Woven Tapestry Decorative Pillow
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage brown and white woven tapestry decorative pillow. Graphic Mid-Century Modern style with brown woven trim. Decorative pillow handcrafted and designed in the USA. Closure by st...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool, Cotton, Trimming

Fabric by the Yard: Printed Cotton Green and Red Grapes Vineyard
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Fabric by the yard: Printed cotton green and red grapes vineyard. Fabric by the yard: Printed linen palms in brown and natural Type: Cotton/barkcloth or bark cloth. Ideal for upho...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Pair of Cushions in Josef Frank Hawaii Pattern Textile
By Josef Frank
Located in New York, NY
A pair of cushions featuring vintage fabric by Austrian designer Josef Frank. Each cushion displays a design motif from Josef Frank's "Hawaii" pattern. 50 down/50 feather insert. New...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Fabric, Down, Feathers

Mid-Century Hand Embroidered Penguin Linen Guest Hand Towels, S/3
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A charming set of three mid-century era guest towels, hand-embroidered with a trio of penguins and bouquets. In buttercup yellow, cornflower blue, and a brick red linen, nicely starc...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen

Vintage Verner Panton "Welle" (Wave) Textile in Orange. Size: 4 ft x 4 ft 1 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Verner Panton Textile, Denmark, Mid 20th Century. Size: 4 ft x 4 ft 1 in (1.22 m x 1.24 m) This vintage textile by popular mid-20th century designer Verner Panton of Denmark...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Quilts and Blankets

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Cotton

Mid-20th Century Swedish Pillow by AB MMF
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB 1
Located in New York, NY
"Grodblad" Sweden, circa 1941 Measures: 1'5" x 1'4" (43 x 41 cm) Initialed: AB MMF (AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Mid-20th Century Swedish, Pillow by Marianne Richter
By Marianne Richter
Located in New York, NY
Sweden, circa 1948 Measures: 1'9" x 1'9" (53 x 53 cm) Signed: 'MR' (Marianne Richter) Handwoven.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Vintage Verner Panton Quadrat Textile in Orange. Size: 4 ft 2 in x 7 ft 10 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Verner Panton Textile, Denmark, Mid 20th Century. Size: 4 ft 2 in x 7 ft 10 in (1.27 m x 2.39 m)
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Quilts and Blankets

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Cotton

Two Throw Pillows Accent Cushions French Vintage Mid-Century Fabric
Located in FR
Two pillows made with original 1950s French fabric throw pillows accent cushions cotton. Backed with previously unused Vintage French toile metis sheeting. Hidden zip fastening fo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

French Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Rare Purple Blue
By Hermès
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Vintage Hermes Equestrian Silk Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Purple Blue Gold Description: The ‘crème de la crème’ of scarves, this beauty is a one-of-a-kind luxur...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Textiles

Materials

Textile

Vintage Verner Panton Quadrat Textile in Green. Size: 3 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Verner Panton Textile, Denmark, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 3 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10 in (1.17 m x 1.17 m)
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Quilts and Blankets

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Cotton

Vintage Verner Panton Kreis (Spectrum) Textile in Tan. Size: 4 ft x 4 ft 1 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Verner Panton Textile, Country Of Origin: Denmark, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 4 ft x 4 ft 1 in (1.22 m x 1.24 m) Verner Panton‘s penchant for using the elements of ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Quilts and Blankets

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black & White 20" Lumbar Pillow
By Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Queen of Spain Fabric (Item# 175200) with a Knife Edge finish. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this pattern has a lively, painterly quality- and is a w...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black & White 22" Lumbar Pillow
By Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Queen of Spain Fabric (Item# 175200) with a Knife Edge finish. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this pattern has a lively, painterly quality- and is a w...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

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Midcentury Modern Textiles For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of midcentury modern textiles is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct midcentury modern textiles — often made from fabric, textile and wood — can elevate any home. Find 175 antique and vintage midcentury modern textiles at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of midcentury modern textiles available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of midcentury modern textiles to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern midcentury modern textiles are of considerable interest. Midcentury modern textiles have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Milo Baughman, Domus and Jozef Chierowski are consistently popular.

How Much are Midcentury Modern Textiles?

Midcentury modern textiles can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $1,885, while the lowest priced sells for $57 and the highest can go for as much as $20,850.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.