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Modernist Rug by Desso Studio, The Netherlands, 1968
By Desso
Located in Dronten, NL
Modernist blue and grey, high pile rug by Desso Studio, The Netherlands. This rug from the late 1960s is in good condition and has recently been cleaned.
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Small Psychedilic 1970s High Pile Rug by Prinstapijt Desso, Netherlands No 1
By Prinstapijt, Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Prinstapijt Desso   This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Ma...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Small Psychedilic 1970s High Pile Rug by Prinstapijt Desso, Netherlands no 2
By Prinstapijt, Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Prinstapijt Desso Description: This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art i...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Large Psychedelic Green High Pile Rya Rug Carpet Desso, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Extra large rug with psychedelic style pattern. Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso, Netherlands. This rug is a great example of 1970s po...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Large Vintage Colorful Psychedelic High Pile Rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970
By Desso
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 Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Extra Large Modernist Macrame Wall Rug by Desso Studio, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Wall rug - new old stock! Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso, Netherlands This rug is a great example of 1970s Pop Art interio...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Extra Large "BALL" Vintage Colorful High Pile Rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso Description: This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art ...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Large "Cubic" Multi-Color High Pile Rug by Prinstapijt Desso, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso, Prinstapijt
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug multi-color "CUBIC" Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Prinstapijt Desso This rug is a great example o...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Extra Large 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso, Netherlands
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso. This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in hig...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

ATB Imagine Studio Design Carpet by Desso The Netherlands, Late 1970s
By Desso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
All Terrain Bicycle was a trend that became worldwide very popular in the late 1970s early 1980s This carpet is made by Desso in The Netherlands and represents a colorful part of ...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Post-Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Antique Art Deco, European Rugs
Located in New York, NY
A broken acanthus scroll work frames the utterly plain, expansive off white field on this large Dutch carpet from circa 1960. A light blue tone fills in around the scullery and a gre...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Western European Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rug Flemish Fragment Tapestry Runner
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This antique tapestry piece is a Flemish needlepoint woven by hand in the late 19th century, circa 1890. The design features a bold flowing floral pattern woven with elegance and sop...
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Antique 1880s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Organic Material

Contemporary Stamverband X Gray and White Geometric Rug
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary Stamverband X gray and white geometric rug Size: 6'0" x 7'10" (182 × 238 cm) This absolutely stunning contemporary rug is a dream come true of any interior designer. M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rug After Pablo Picasso's 'La Paloma Con Guisantes'
By (after) Pablo Picasso, Desso
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Beautiful rug after Pablo Picasso's 'La Paloma con Guisantes' from 1911. The original painting is part of the permanent collection of the Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris. Th...
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1990s Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Late 20th Century Dutch Art Deco Rug
Located in New York, NY
This very good condition Dutch Art Deco piece shows a camel-tan field with a central rectangle sprouting sienna brown "arms" and "legs" No borders, mid-1930s hard-edged deco style. T...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Stamverband IIII White, Gray and Black Handwoven Rug
Located in New York, NY
Stamverband IIII white, gray and black handwoven rug Size: 4'9" × 6'3" (144 × 190 cm) Inspired by the works of tribal weavers, this contemporary carpet was handwoven with utmost ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Desso European Scandinavian Modern 20th Century Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
A beautiful Scandinavian Desso modern rug with an abstract design and light colors, wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection European Folk Stamverband VII Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection European Folk Stamverband VII rug in cream and charcoal Size: 4'5" × 6'4" (134 × 193 cm) This exquisite new rug was made in the Netherlands out of hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Folk Art Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Contemporary 'Stamverband VI' Geometric Gray, White and Black Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary 'Stamverband VI' geometric gray, white and black wool rug Size: 5'10" × 7'0" (177 × 213 cm) This absolutely stunning contemporary rug draws the attention thanks to its...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Pair of Rugs Taurus Collection Handmade in Beige Goat Hair
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rugs Taurus collection handmade in beige goat hair Size: 4'0" × 6'2" (121 × 187 cm) Handwoven with great care using the highest quality goat hair, it seems to reference fam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Contemporary Geometric Stamverband V Steely Blue and White Goat Hair Rug
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary geometric Stamverband v steely blue and white goat hair rug Size: 5'3" × 7'0" (160 × 213 cm) Just a look at this stunning new grey geometric rug can tell you a lot. In...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Goat Hair Taurus Collection Rug in White
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century goat hair Taurus collection rug in white Size: 6'0" × 7'7" (182 × 231 cm) White and soft like snow, this new geometric pattern rug from the Geometric Taurus collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Modernist Red Multi-Color High Pile Large Rya Rug by Desso, 1970's
By Desso
Located in The Hague, NL
This rug is a great example of 1970s Pop Art interior. Made in high quality weaving technique. This high quality Rya rug was designed in the 1970s and manufactured by DESSO in the Ne...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Acrylic

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Taurus Rug in Brown, Grey, White and Black
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection Taurus rug in shades of brown, grey, white and black. Size: 5'6" × 7'2" (167 × 218 cm) This new geometric pattern carpet from the Geometric Taurus Coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Goat Hair Taurus Collection Rug in Shades of Brown
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century goat hair Taurus collection rug in shades of brown Size: 4'2" × 2'9" (127 × 83 cm) Simplicity in contemporary rug designs can be even more spectacular than an over the t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Extra Large Vintage 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: DESSO This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

21st Century Taurus Collection Rug in Creamy White and Dark Gray Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century Taurus collection rug in creamy white and dark gray stripes Size: 3'10" x 6'0" (116 × 182 cm) Contemporary carpets are one of the most diverse types of contemporary mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Large Abstract Vintage 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

21st Century Taurus Collection Rug in Creamy White and Dark Gray Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century Taurus collection rug in creamy white and dark gray stripes Size: 4'0" × 6'3" (121 × 190 cm) The pattern consists of horizontal lines running through the field, but am...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Goat Hair Taurus Collection Rug in Shades of Brown Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century goat hair Taurus collection rug in shades of brown stripes Size: 6'1" × 7'4" (185 × 223 cm) Beauty can be found not only in the complexity, but also simplicity, as thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Taurus Collection Goat Hair Rug in White and Brown Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century Taurus collection goat hair rug in white and brown stripes Size: 4'0" × 6'2" (121 × 187 cm) The carpet is inspired with minimalistic Scandinavian craftsmanship and ani...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Extra Large Pop Art Multi-Color High Pile Wool Rug by Besmer, Germany, 1970s
By Besmer
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Germany Producer: Besmer This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in h...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

After Paul Klee Artist Rug. Size: 4 ft 8 in x 6 ft 6 in
By (after) Paul Klee
Located in New York, NY
A colorful After Paul Klee artist rug made in the Netherlands Country of Origin / Rug Type: Scandinavian Rugs, Circa date: mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 8 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.42 m x 1.9...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

21st Century Goat Hair Taurus Collection Rug in Shades of White & Grey Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century goat hair Taurus collection rug in shades of white & grey stripes Size: 3'10" × 6'2" (116 × 187 cm) Contemporary rugs are known among collectors to be one of the most ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Taurus Collection Rug in Shades of Brown, White and Grey Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century Taurus collection rug in shades of brown, white and grey stripes Size: 5'4" × 7'7" (162 × 231 cm) Naturally charming, this new Mid-Century Modern carpet from the geome...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

21st Century Goat Hair Taurus Collection Rug in Shades of White and Grey Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
21st century goat hair Taurus collection rug in shades of white and grey stripes Size: 6'1" × 7'4" (185 × 223 cm) This chic contemporary area rug shows that the power of great desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Vintage Scandinavian Dutch Corneille Rug. Size: 6 ft 6 in x 8 ft 10 in
By Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (Corneille)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Dutch Corneille rug, Origin: Scandinavia, mid-20th century. Size: 6 ft 6 in x 8 ft 10 in (1.98 m x 2.69 m)
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Flower Garden Design Scandinavian Rug After Gustav Klimt. Size: 6' x 9'
By (after) Gustav Klimt
Located in New York, NY
Magnificently Artistic Vintage Scandinavian Farm Garden With Sunflowers Rug by Gustav Klimt, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Scandinavia Rug, Circa Date: Late 20th Century – Size: 6 ft...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Pablo Picasso 'After' Rug. Size: 3 ft x 4 ft (0.91 m x 1.22 m)
By (after) Pablo Picasso
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Pablo Picasso Scandinavian Rug, Origin: Scandinavia Rug, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Size: 3 ft x 4 ft (0.91 m x 1.22 m) Here is a compelling and dynamic vintage carpet –...
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

"Musicus con Mascaras", Large Wool Tapestry after Pablo Picasso
By (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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Vintage 1920s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Antique Flemish Verdure Tapestry, circa 1720 9'6 x 12'2
Located in New York, NY
Antique Flemish Verdure tapestry, circa 1720. This antique Flemish tapestry, probably from Brussels is a pure verdure, no humans, just one bird and no animals disturb the sylvan tran...
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Antique 18th Century Dutch Western European Rugs

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Wool

After Picasso Large Wool Rug, "La Figura," 1927
By (after) Pablo Picasso
Located in Dronten, NL
Beautiful large Picasso rug based on the original painting "La Figura" of 1927, limited edition of 500. Numbered and certified by Succession Picasso, Paris. Marked with label.
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Late 20th Century Dutch Modern More Carpets

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Wool

1970s Brown/Black Curly Carpet Dutch Design
By Carpet Edition
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 1970s “Curly” rug by Dutch Company, carpet R. Large loop weave in a brown with black melange textile. 100% cotton. Dimension: Length 230 cm, width 165 cm.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Desso Tapestry, Portrait de femme au chapeau à pompons et au corsage imprimé
By (after) Pablo Picasso, Desso
Located in Delft, NL
Desso Tapestry, Portrait de femme au chapeau à pompons et au corsage imprimé A carpet/rug after the painting Portrait de femme au chapeau à pompons et au corsage imprimé from the ...
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20th Century Dutch Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage English Art Deco Carpet by Krop. Size: 6 ft 5 in x 10 ft 1 in
By Hildo Krop
Located in New York, NY
Vintage English Deco rug by Hildo Krop, country of origin: England, date: circa early 20th century. Size: 6 ft 5 in x 10 ft 1 in (1.96 m x 3.07 m) This beautiful study in modernis...
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Vintage 1930s Dutch Art Deco Western European Rugs

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Wool

Taurus Collection Handmade of the Finest Goat Hair in Beige and Brown Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus collection handmade of the finest goat hair in beige and brown stripes Size: 4'0" × 6'1" (121 × 185 cm) This modern carpet pattern constitutes the quintessence of chic and p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Antique Dutch Gallery Carpet, Seafoam Field, circa 1910s
Located in New York, NY
This antique Dutch gallery carpet has a Persian Harshang palmette, leaf and flower pattern has been fragmented and rearranged on the sand ground, with accents in buff, light brown an...
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Vintage 1910s Dutch Rustic Western European Rugs

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Wool

Taurus Collection Handmade of the Finest Goat Hair in Beige & Brown Stripes
By Taurus
Located in New York, NY
Taurus collection hand knotted of the finest goat hair in beige & brown stripes Size: 4'0" × 6'3" (121 × 190 cm) Seducing with natural charm, this new rug from the Geometric Taurus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Western European Rugs

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Goat Hair

Art Nouveau Hand Knotted Carpet with Floral Design, Theo Nieuwenhuis, 1890-1905
Located in Schagen, NL
This very large carped was hand knotted in the Netherlands, circa 1890-1905. This design has been attributed to Theodoor Nieuwenhuis for Koninklijke Vereenigde Tapijtfabrieken Devent...
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Antique 1890s Dutch Art Nouveau Western European Rugs

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Wool

Stamverband VIII
Located in New York, NY
Stamverband VIII. Size: 5'9" × 6'10" (175 × 208 cm). This absolutely stunning contemporary rug was made using only the best available materials. It immediately draws attention to i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Western European Rugs

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Wool

  • Stamverband VIII
  • Stamverband VIII
  • Stamverband VIII
  • Stamverband VIII
W 69 in. L 82 in.
Pablo Picasso Tapestry Rug (After), Harlequin and "Woman with Necklace"
By (after) Pablo Picasso, Desso
Located in Houston, TX
Pablo Picasso tapestry / rug "Harlequin and Woman with Necklace" ~after the painting in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre George Pompidou, Paris. From the limite...
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1990s Dutch Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Dutch Art Nouveau Velvet
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Nouveau velvet rug in style of Colenbrander the Netherlands.
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Rugs

  • Dutch Art Nouveau Velvet
  • Dutch Art Nouveau Velvet
  • Dutch Art Nouveau Velvet
  • Dutch Art Nouveau Velvet
W 33.08 in. L 57.09 in.
Corneille Wool Carpet, 1980
By Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (Corneille)
Located in Paris, FR
Subject Carpet Material Wool Designer / Artist Corneille Manufacturer / Brand Van Til Model / Name child and bird Estimated period 1980 Country of origin The Netherlands...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch More Carpets

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Wool

  • Corneille Wool Carpet, 1980
  • Corneille Wool Carpet, 1980
  • Corneille Wool Carpet, 1980
  • Corneille Wool Carpet, 1980
W 78.75 in. L 110.24 in.
Extra Large Abstract Yellow 1970s High Pile Rug by Globus Rugs, Germany
By Globus Rugs
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Extra large rug with abstract psychedelic pattern. Decade: 1970s Origin: Germany Producer: Globus Rugs, Germany. This rug is a great example of 1970s p...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage 1970s Modernist High Pile Rya Rug by Desso, Netherlands
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Modernist 1970s carpet rug Object: spectacular 1970s rug Pop Art style This rug is a great example of 1970s Pop Art interior. An interesting piece for every modern home in a lo...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage 1970s Rya High Pile Rug Made by Desso, Netherlands
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Modernist 1970s carpet rug. Object: Spectacular 1970s rug pop art style This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. An interesting piece for every modern home in a l...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Modern Abstract High Pile Rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modern abstract high pile rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970s. Nice original condition, subtle understated abstract design,.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Extra Large Modernist Macrame Wall Rug by Desso Studio, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Wall rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso, Netherlands This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high q...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Psychedelic Pink Panton High Pile Rya Rug Carpet Desso, Netherlands, 1970s
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Extra large rug with psychedelic Panton style pattern. Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso, Netherlands. This rug is a great example of 1...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Extra Large Vintage Colorful High Pile Rug by Desso, Netherlands, 1970
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge high pile rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso Description: This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art ...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

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Netherlands Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the Netherlands rug you’re looking for. Each Netherlands rug for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and acrylic. If you’re shopping for a Netherlands rug, we have 117 options in-stock, while there are 23 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a Netherlands rug — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right Netherlands rug, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. Desso, Taurus and (after) Pablo Picasso each produced at least one beautiful Netherlands rug that is worth considering.

How Much is a Netherlands Rug?

Prices for a Netherlands rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $248 and can go as high as $45,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,850.

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.