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Persian Antique Bakhtiari Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Bakhtiari rug with a garden tile design. This rug measures 13'10" x 19'4".  
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Persian Antique Tabriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century antique Persian Tabriz rug. Powder sky blue field, gold/yellow accents. Tabriz rug weavers drew on a varied repertoire of delicate designs: multi-faceted flo...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Revival Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Persian Antique Tabriz Rug
  • Persian Antique Tabriz Rug
  • Persian Antique Tabriz Rug
  • Persian Antique Tabriz Rug
W 119 in. L 154 in.
Persian Antique Bakhtiari Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Bakhtiari rug. Rug size: 3' 8" x 5' 5" Custom sizes and colors available.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Tribal Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Persian Antique Kashan Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Kashan rug with a medallion design on a red field. This rug measures 11'10" x 17'4".  
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Kashan Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Persian Antique Kashan Rug
  • Persian Antique Kashan Rug
  • Persian Antique Kashan Rug
  • Persian Antique Kashan Rug
W 142 in. L 208 in.
Persian Antique Serapi, circa 1880
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Persian Antique Serapi Measurement: 11'10"x18'1"
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Serapi Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Oversize Pale Persian Antique Rug
Located in New York, NY
Stunning oversize antique Persian Mohajeran Sarouk rug consisting of a pale wheat ground and powder blue border, some terracotta accents too, circa 1910. Measures: 13' x 19'8".
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Industrial Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Oversize Persian Antique Kerman Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Kerman rug with a floral all-over design. This rug measures 15'10" x 20'7".  
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Long Tribal Persian Antique Serab Runner
Located in Atlanta, GA
Antique Persian Tribal Serab runner, rug/n15-0501, origin/iran. The camel field in this piece is decorated with ivory strap work, navy blue lattice work and stylized Boteh and flo...
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Kazak Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Pair of Navy Persian Antique Runners
Located in New York, NY
A pair of long navy blue Persian runners from the city of Malayer. Measure: 3'4'' x 17'2'' and 3'2'' x 17'4'' respectively. Can be sold individually if needed.
Category

Early 20th Century Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Persian Antique Khorassan Carpet, Red Field
Located in New York, NY
The navy field is divided into a lattice pattern enclosing four bottehs in each cell. This is clearly a 19th century Persian textile pattern. The red border displays bull eye rosette...
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Khorassan Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Sea Foam Terracotta Persian Antique Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a sea foam colored 20th century Persian rug. Measures: 14" x 21".   
Category

20th Century Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Antique Persian Persian Tabriz Rug
Located in Evanston, IL
Very fine antique Tabriz rug. The city of Tabriz is situated in North West Persia and it is one of the largest cities and also the capital in the province of Azerbaijan and was the e...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Antique Persian Shiraz
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This sophisticated Antique Persian Shiraz rug from Persia features a beautiful natural wool pile. It is adorned with cinnamon, saffron, and earthy tone colors that ensembles motifs, ...
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
W 80 in. L 117 in.
Handmade Extremely Fine Persian Antique Isfahan Silk Rug
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Handmade extremely fine Persian antique Isfahan silk rug.  
Category

Vintage 1920s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Silk

Antique Persian Shiraz
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A luxurious classy Shiraz Rug features the six central medallions in a field of leafy tendrils in allover design decor. The borders are beautifully hand-woven created from a natural ...
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
W 63 in. L 72 in.
Antique Persian Doroksh
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This sophisticated masterpiece Antique Persian Doroksh rug features the beauty of the combination of symmetries in leafy tendrils and motifs. Cool and earth tones are perfectly coord...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
W 127 in. L 193 in.
Antique Persian Mahal
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A luxurious antique Persian Mahal with beautiful saturated wools and a timely design for both modern and more traditional settings. Antique blues and reds make for a perfect color co...
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
W 123 in. L 156 in.
Antique Persian Kerman
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Kerman. Measures: 9'9" x 22'0".
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
W 117 in. L 264 in.
Antique Persian Shiraz
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This remarkable Shiraz design from the Antique Collection is the definition of perfection, elegance, and refinement. It features a dazzling details washed tone. Definitely a breath-t...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
W 130 in. L 231 in.
Antique Persian Mahal
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
An antique Persian Mahal that is the epitome of elegance and timelessness. This Mahal features an elegant and classical all-over pattern of flowering vines and unfolding scrolls. The...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
W 102 in. L 186 in.
Antique Persian Kashan
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Kashan. Measures: 10'4" x 19'3".
Category

Vintage 1940s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Kashan
  • Antique Persian Kashan
  • Antique Persian Kashan
  • Antique Persian Kashan
W 124 in. L 231 in.
Antique Persian Isfahan
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Isfahan, size: 3'7" x 5'7" with signature, silk foundation.
Category

Vintage 1940s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
W 43 in. L 67 in.
Antique Persian Bakhtiari
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This all-over design carpet features unique geometrical motifs and style and prominent dark tones of red. It features mainly geometrical patterns with floral and detailed pattern wor...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Bakhtiari
  • Antique Persian Bakhtiari
  • Antique Persian Bakhtiari
  • Antique Persian Bakhtiari
W 56 in. L 72 in.
Antique Persian Farahan
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Farahan, measures: 22'0" x 31'0".
Category

Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Farahan
  • Antique Persian Farahan
  • Antique Persian Farahan
  • Antique Persian Farahan
W 264 in. L 372 in.
Antique Persian Mahal
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This antique Persian Mahal is the epitome of luxury. A series of ornate borders frames the piece, with geometric patterns being dominant. Within the field, an elegant and classical a...
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
W 85 in. L 125 in.
Antique Persian Mahal
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vibrant and exciting antique Persian Mahal that will leaving lasting impressions. This rug consists of ornate borders that frame the piece as well as an elegant all-over floral mot...
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
W 48 in. L 101 in.
Antique Persian Malayer
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Blue abrash ground with all-over lattice design of geometricized floral elements in red, brown and ivory tones. A similarly stylized border of rosettes and vines frames the piece. Th...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
W 51 in. L 74 in.
Antique Persian Malayer
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Soft teal abrash ground with a densely patterned field of tan and silver geometricized florals outlined in brick-red. The border of tan ground and matching detail colors features a h...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
W 84 in. L 131 in.
Antique Persian Karajeh
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Karajeh, size: 3'2" X 10'6".  
Category

Antique Early 1900s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Karajeh
  • Antique Persian Karajeh
  • Antique Persian Karajeh
  • Antique Persian Karajeh
W 38 in. L 126 in.
Antique Persian Kashkouli
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Kashkouli, size 2'0" x 4'0".  
Category

Vintage 1940s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Kashkouli
  • Antique Persian Kashkouli
  • Antique Persian Kashkouli
  • Antique Persian Kashkouli
W 24 in. L 48 in.
Antique Persian Afshar
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Afshar, size: 4' 2" x 5' 9".  
Category

Antique 1890s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
W 50 in. L 69 in.
Antique Persian Sultanabad
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A antique Persian Sultanabad with beautiful vine work in the perfect distressed finish. Luxurious wools in various neutrals create a cohesive and timely design. Sultanabad in northwe...
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
W 108 in. L 123 in.
Antique Persian Tabriz
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Tabriz. Measures: 4'0" x 5'9".
Category

Vintage 1940s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
W 48 in. L 69 in.
Antique Persian Tabriz
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Tabriz, size: 11'4" x 18'2".
Category

Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
W 136 in. L 218 in.
Antique Persian Bijar
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Bijar, measures: 15'0" x 25'9".
Category

Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Bijar
  • Antique Persian Bijar
  • Antique Persian Bijar
  • Antique Persian Bijar
W 180 in. L 309 in.
Antique Persian Sultanabad
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Sultanabad is a region in NW, Persia. It was the site of the principle Ziegler weavings in the late 19th century. Sultanabad's are famous for their floral designs as they improved th...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
W 126 in. L 164 in.
Antique Persian Malayer
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful and charming antique Persian Malayer from Iran. This piece consists of a central medallion and beautiful geometric motifs in the surrounding field. Soft pink, blues, and ...
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
W 58 in. L 78 in.
Antique Persian Bidjar
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This unique and charming antique Persian Bidjar is quite charming. Bidjar is a town in Persian Kurdistan located in north-west Persia. The color palate of this piece is rich and jewe...
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Bidjar
  • Antique Persian Bidjar
  • Antique Persian Bidjar
  • Antique Persian Bidjar
W 33 in. L 71 in.
Antique Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian rug, size: 7'2" x 10'2" With silk highlights.
Category

Vintage 1910s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
W 86 in. L 122 in.
Antique Persian Shiraz
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A majestic Shiraz design rug from our antique collection features the neutral tones of medallions in a field of playful motifs and symbols. Borders are well complemented with the des...
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
  • Antique Persian Shiraz
W 63 in. L 106 in.
Antique Persian Mahal
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Antique Mahal with brick red Abrash field and an all-over pattern of medallion motifs in ivory, tan, taupe, olive, gold and indigo. The composition is framed in a similar border of m...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
  • Antique Persian Mahal
W 109 in. L 145 in.
Antique Persian Isfahan
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Isfahan, measures: 10'4" x 14'2" Ivory background.
Category

Vintage 1940s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
  • Antique Persian Isfahan
W 124 in. L 170 in.
Antique Persian Balouch
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Balouch, size 2'8" x 4'0".   
Category

Antique Early 1900s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Balouch
  • Antique Persian Balouch
  • Antique Persian Balouch
  • Antique Persian Balouch
W 32 in. L 48 in.
Antique Persian Malayer
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Malayer, size: 3'4" x 7'2".  
Category

Vintage 1920s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
W 40 in. L 86 in.
Antique Persian Afshar
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Afshar, size 4' 7" x 6' 9".  
Category

Vintage 1920s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
  • Antique Persian Afshar
W 55 in. L 81 in.
Antique Persian Kermanshah
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A unique and recognizable style of antique rug all its own, this Kermanshah rug design was largely informed by influences from Kurdish and Lori tribes people of western Iran. These r...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Kermanshah
  • Antique Persian Kermanshah
  • Antique Persian Kermanshah
  • Antique Persian Kermanshah
W 111 in. L 175 in.
Antique Persian Tabriz
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Tabriz Size: 11'5" × 15'5" (347 × 469 cm) Such magnificent and fascinating art works as this antique Persian Tabriz rug are exceptionally hard to come across. Its o...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
W 137 in. L 185 in.
Antique Persian Lilihan
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Persian Lilihan, size: 2'7" x 6'5".  
Category

Vintage 1920s Asian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Lilihan
  • Antique Persian Lilihan
  • Antique Persian Lilihan
  • Antique Persian Lilihan
W 31 in. L 77 in.
Antique Persian Sultanabad
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Sultanabad, measures: 22'2" x 38'2".
Category

Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
  • Antique Persian Sultanabad
W 266 in. L 458 in.
Antique Persian Sarouk
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Sarouk. Measures: 8'9" x 12'2".
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
W 105 in. L 146 in.
Antique Persian Runner
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century Persian Malayer narrow and long runner.  
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Tribal Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Runner
  • Antique Persian Runner
  • Antique Persian Runner
  • Antique Persian Runner
W 32 in. L 201 in.
Antique Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late 19th century Persian Kerman with a matching repetitive floral design with animal figures on a green ground surrounded by raspberry accents.
Category

20th Century Persian Baroque Revival Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
W 60 in. L 117 in.
Antique Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Antique hand-knotted Persian distressed rug with a subtle medallion motif. This rug measures 12'0" x 9'4".   
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
  • Antique Persian Rug
W 112 in. L 120 in.
Antique Persian Tabriz
Located in Norwalk, CT
Hand-knotted rug with a floral design on a rust field. This rug has magnificent detailing and would be perfect for any room. Measures: 12' x 19'.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
W 144 in. L 228 in.
Antique Persian Kerman
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Kerman, size:17'8" x 23'8".
Category

Vintage 1930s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
  • Antique Persian Kerman
W 212 in. L 284 in.
Antique Persian Malayer
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Malayer, size: 3'10" x 17'3".
Category

Antique 1870s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
  • Antique Persian Malayer
W 46 in. L 207 in.
Antique Persian Tabriz
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Tabriz Size: 11'1" × 15'7" (337 × 474 cm) Such magnificent and fascinating art works as this antique Persian Tabriz rug are exceptionally hard to come across. Its o...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Tabriz Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
  • Antique Persian Tabriz
W 133 in. L 187 in.
Antique Persian Heriz
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Heriz. Measures: 11'6" x 15'8".
Category

Vintage 1920s Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Heriz
  • Antique Persian Heriz
  • Antique Persian Heriz
  • Antique Persian Heriz
W 138 in. L 188 in.
Antique Persian Sarouk
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Persian Sarouk rug. Sea foam background with a terracotta border.
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Medieval Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
  • Antique Persian Sarouk
W 129 in. L 167 in.
Antique Persian Doroksh
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A antique Persian Doroksh finely knotted into a highly decorative piece. Doroksh rugs tend to be subtle in color and are produced in the Doroksh hills in Khorasan Province Iran. This...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
  • Antique Persian Doroksh
W 50 in. L 70 in.
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Persian Antiques For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of persian antiques is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique persian antiques was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and silk. There are 7708 antique and vintage persian antiques for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 6 modern editions to choose from as well. Persian antiques have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Modern, Victorian and Industrial persian antiques are consistently popular styles. Persian antiques have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Mehraban Rugs, Haji Khalili and Ziegler & Co. Are consistently popular.

How Much are Persian Antiques?

Persian antiques can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $8,817, while the lowest priced sells for $116 and the highest can go for as much as $3,200,000.

Finding the Right Rugs 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.