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Postmodern Style Vintage Turkish Kilim Rug, Patchwork Kilim Flat-Weave Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
74082 Postmodern style vintage Turkish Kilim rug, Patchwork Kilim flat-weave rug. This handwoven Postmodern-style vintage Turkish patchwork Kilim rug is easy to love with its bright ...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Post Modern Moroccan Boucherouite Boujad Berber Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven by using exclusively recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, Boucherouite Berber rugs represent a unique facet of Moroccan textile art. These are the prod...
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Early 2000s Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Missoni Signed Post-Modern Kaleidoscope Large Rug, circa 1980
By MissoniHome, Missoni
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Attention interior designers, this is the large rug you need for that high-profile cover-worthy room you're working on. This signed Missoni rug is from the 1980s and in an oh-so-on-t...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Pink Turkish Oushak Rug with Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
60660 New Contemporary Pink Turkish Oushak Rug with Post-Modern Style. This hand knotted wool contemporary Oushak area rug features an all-over lively floral lattice pattern composed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Post Modern Silver Gray Beige Abstract Rug with or without Fringe
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The Rapture Collection is a high-end rug collection that includes 29 rug design options, in 155 design and rug color combinations, totaling 620 various design-color-size combinations...
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2010s Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Polyester

Post Modern Silver Abstract Allover Pattern Rug with or without Fringe
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The Rapture Collection is a high-end rug collection that includes 29 rug design options, in 155 design and rug color combinations, totaling 620 various design-color-size combinations...
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2010s Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Polyester

Distressed Vintage Turkish Overdyed Rug with Industrial Retro Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
60767 Distressed Vintage Turkish Overdyed Rug with Industrial Retro Post-Modern Style 09’02 x 12’03. Combing a timeless design with bold color, this hand-knotted wool distressed vint...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Distressed Vintage Turkish Overdyed Rug with Industrial Retro Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
60723 Distressed Vintage Turkish Overdyed Rug with Industrial Retro Post-Modern Style 09'09 x 12'05. Combing a timeless design with bold color, this hand-knotted wool distressed vint...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Distressed Vintage Turkish Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Industrial Luxe Style
Located in Dallas, TX
60730, Distressed Vintage Turkish Area Rug with Modern Industrial Luxe Style 06'06 x 10'00. Stylish and bold combined with defined and raw, this distressed overdyed vintage Turkish r...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Post-Modern Moroccan Abstract Minimalist Boujad Berber Rug
Located in Milan, IT
A very unusual Berber rug from the Boujad region, located on the foothills of the central High Atlas mountains of Morocco, distinguished by a Minimalist composition of vertical strip...
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Early 2000s Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Post-Modern Moroccan Abstract Pointillist Boujad Berber Rug
Located in Milan, IT
A very unusual Berber rug from the Boujad region, located on the foothills of the central High Atlas mountains of Morocco, distinguished by an horizontally arranged pointillist patte...
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Early 2000s Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Cotton

Distressed Vintage Turkish Purple Area Rug with Industrial Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
60600 Distressed Vintage Turkish Purple Area Rug with Industrial Post-Modern Style 06'07 x 09'10. Stylish and bold combined with defined and raw, this distressed overdyed vintage Tur...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Distressed Vintage Turkish Sivas Rug with Post-Modern Industrial Cubism Style
Located in Dallas, TX
52139 Distressed Vintage Turkish Sivas Rug with Post-Modern Industrial Cubism Style. This hand-knotted wool distressed vintage Turkish Sivas rug with Modern Industrial style features...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Post Modern Light Blue Abstract Repeat Pattern Rug with or without Fringe
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The Rapture Collection is a high-end rug collection that includes 29 rug design options, in 155 design and rug color combinations, totaling 620 various design-color-size combinations...
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2010s Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Polyester

New Post-Modern Transitional Pink-Gray Area Rug with Contemporary Feminine Style
Located in Dallas, TX
30330 New Modern Transitional Pink-Gray Area Rug with Contemporary Feminine Style, 09'00 x 11'08. Soft and sumptuous, this transitional area rug transforms any interior it graces int...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Post Modern Gray and Beige 5x10 Gallery Runner Area Rug in Stock
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The Rapture Collection is a high-end rug collection that includes 29 rug design options, in 155 design and rug color combinations, totaling 620 various design-color-size combinations...
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2010s Turkish Post-Modern Turkish Rugs

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Cotton, Polyester

Post Hand-Knotted 6x4 Area Rug in Silk by Kelly Wearstler
By Kelly Wearstler, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
Juxtaposing raw and refined, feminine and masculine, classic and contemporary, the play of opposites is greatly echoed in Wearstler’s new designs. Hand-knotted wool and bamboo silk. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Western European Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Moroccan Azilal Rug with Bohemian Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20455 Vintage Moroccan Azilal Rug with Bohemian Style and Color Pop. This hand-knotted wool vintage Moroccan Azilal rug has a contemporary tribal style. Animated with Berber tribe mo...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vibrant Geometric Post Modern Folk Art Hook Rug, Mondrian Themed
By Piet Mondrian
Located in Ferndale, MI
Vibrant multi-color block geometric Postmodern Folk Art Latch Hook rug, Mondrian Themed. Dated 1987.
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Rugs

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Yarn

Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis-Bauhaus Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20711 Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis-Bauhaus Style. With funky bold pops of color, elements of comfort and functional versatility, this hand-knotted wool...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North Af...

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Wool

New Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug with Expressionist Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20709 New Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug with Abstract Expressionism Post-Modern Style. With elements of comfort, contrasting colors and functional versatility, this hand-knotted w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North Af...

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Wool

Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Area Rug with Post-Modern Zebra Print
Located in Dallas, TX
80369 Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Area Rug with Postmodern Zebra Print. Go bold with this red-pink and black zebra print rug. The variegated shades of red, pink, black and grey in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Post-Modern Moroccan and North A...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Azilal Rug with Post-Modern Tribal Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20050 Vintage Berber Moroccan Azilal Rug with Post-Modern Tribal Style 03'08 x 06'07. This hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan Azilal rug features two vertical columns of four ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North Af...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna Rug with Post-Modern Expressionist Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20289 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna Rug with Post-Modern Expressionist Style. Animated with Berber tribe motifs and secondary protection symbols, this hand-knotted wool vintage Ber...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Group Design
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20714, Contemporary Abstract Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Group Design. With funky bold pops of color, elements of comfort and functional versatility, this hand-knotted wool...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North Af...

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Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Rug with Abstract Expressionism & Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
80379 New Contemporary Moroccan Rug with Abstract Expressionism & Post-Modern Style. This hand-knotted wool contemporary Moroccan area rug depicts a Post-Modern and Abstract Expressi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Post-Modern Moroccan and North A...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boujad Rug with Checkerboard Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
74783 Vintage Berber Moroccan Boujad Rug with Checkerboard Pattern and Post-Modern Style. Vibrant and dynamic, this hand knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features cubism styl...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20097 Vintage Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Style. Highly stylish yet casually elegant, this modern Berber Moroccan rug with a contemporary abstract style rug is ideal for ne...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Light Blue with Navy Post Modern Hand Knotted Wool Rug in Japanese Design
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
Please keep in mind that this is a hand-knotted rug that is made to order and shipped from overseas. Delivery time is approximately 28 weeks. The UnTitled collection was designed b...
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2010s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Light Blue with Navy Post Modern Hand Knotted Wool Rug in Japanese Design
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The UnTitled collection was designed by Jaime Derringer: artist, blogger, and founder of Design Milk. Jaime’s intuitive and fluid brushstrokes are reminiscent of Japanese Shodo calli...
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2010s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Light Blue with Navy Post Modern Hand-Knotted Wool Rug in Japanese Design
By Woven Concepts
Located in New York, NY
The UnTitled collection was designed by Jaime Derringer: artist, blogger, and founder of Design Milk. Jaime’s intuitive and fluid brushstrokes are reminiscent of Japanese Shodo calli...
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2010s Indian Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Premium Wool Art Rug "a-Rug-a" Open Edition
By Odabashian Rugs, La Jabonera
Located in Mexico City, MX
This rug, made from premium New Zealand wool, is an open edition art rug, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool....
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Style after Douglas Coupland
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20405 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Style after Douglas Coupland. This Mid-Century Modern Berber Moroccan rug features a checkerboard design woven in a striking combin...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Design and Vibrant Colors
Located in Dallas, TX
74822 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Design and Vibrant Colors. This hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features a post-modern style in vibrant colors. The o...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Tibetan Area Rug with Cubist Post-Modern Douglas Coupland Style
Located in Dallas, TX
74889, vintage Tibetan area rug with contemporary Art Deco style and Cubism art design. This hand-knotted wool vintage Tibetan area rug features a geometric checkerboard of alternati...
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Late 20th Century Tibetan Post-Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna Rug with Color Block Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20315, Vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna Rug with Color Block Bauhaus Style. Beautiful shades of red are presented into color blocks in this piece, working together to create a truly v...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Azilal Rug with Abstract Expressionist Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20625, Vintage Berber Moroccan Azilal Rug with Abstract Expressionist Post-Modern Style. Lacking a written language, Berber tribe weavers incorporated ancestral myths into their text...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Expressionist and Pointillism Post-Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20638 Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Expressionist and Pointillism Post-Modern Style. This hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features a Pointillism Style and Abstract E...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Style Rug with Post-Modern Style and Color Pop
Located in Dallas, TX
80436, contemporary Moroccan style rug with organic modern style with a pop of color. This hand-knotted wool contemporary Moroccan area rug with Organic Modern style features an all-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Post-Modern Moroccan and North A...

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Wool

Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Bauhaus Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
74765 Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Bauhaus Style. This hand knotted wool contemporary Berber Moroccan area rug with Postmodern Bauhaus style features a center ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Bauhaus Moroccan and North Africa...

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Wool

Vintage Blue Indigo Beni M'Guild Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Style
By Beni M'Guild
Located in Dallas, TX
20734 Vintage Blue Indigo Beni M'Guild Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Style 05'01 x 07'07. Featuring the graphic appeal of Folk Art and rich waves of abrash, this hand-knotted wool in...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Post-Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Chinese Geometric Kilim Rug with Post-Modern Cubist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
77812 vintage Chinese Geometric Kilim rug with Postmodern Cubist style 04'01 x 06'03. This hand-woven wool vintage Chinese kilim rug features an all-over lattice pattern spread acros...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Rug with Abstract Expressionism & Post-Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
80364, new contemporary Moroccan rug with Abstract Expressionism and Post-Modern style. This hand-knotted wool contemporary Moroccan area rug depicts a Post-Modern and Abstract Expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Expressionist Moroccan and North...

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Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Abstract Expressionist Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
21049, new contemporary Moroccan rug with Postmodern abstract expressionist style. Displaying asymmetrical spontaneity and purple gradations, this hand knotted wool contemporary Berb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Bohemian Moroccan and North Afric...

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Boujad Rug with Post-Modern Cubism Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20366 Vintage Berber Moroccan Boujad Rug with Post-Modern Cubism Style. This bold, yet delicate color palette provokes and challenges the traditional dogma of harmony and balance. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Bohemian Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Purple Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20669, Vintage Berber Purple Moroccan Rug with Post-Modern Memphis Style. This hand-knotted wool vintage Berber Moroccan rug features rich waves of purple abrash with a fashion-forwa...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna Rug with Post-modern Tribal Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
74792, a vintage Berber Moroccan Rehamna rug with tribal style. Abstract square blocks of color combined with the vibrant color palette form a cohesive composition. This vintage Berb...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Style Rug with Post-Modern Bauhaus Design
Located in Dallas, TX
30356 New Contemporary Moroccan Style Rug with Modern Bauhaus Design. Give an edgy-cool ambiance with this contemporary Moroccan style rug. The geometric and graphic patterns on this...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Bauhaus Moroccan and North African ...

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Wool

Contemporary Art Rug in New Zealand Wool "Libertad"
By Odabashian Rugs, Benito Cabañas
Located in Mexico City, MX
This contemporary art rug is made of premium New Zealand wool, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India. The design was created by Mexican designer ...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Art Rug by Mexican Designer Ariel Rojo
By Odabashian Rugs, Ariel Rojo
Located in Mexico City, MX
This contemporary art rug is woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool. The design for this rug was created by Mexic...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Tibetan Knot Silk Rug, "Roadsigns" by Lance Wyman
By Odabashian Rugs, Lance Wyman
Located in Mexico City, MX
This premium silk rug is an open edition art rug, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool. The design was created ...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

"The Jungle Rug" 3D hand carved shag and New Zealand wool rug.
By Tony Moxham, Odabashian Rugs, Mauricio Paniagua
Located in Mexico City, MX
The "Jungle Rug" is the first rug project by Mexico City-based design duo, Mauricio Paniagua and Tony Moxham. This is a limited edition art rug, woven by Odabashian's network of sp...
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2010s Chinese Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Acrylic

Contemporary Round Rug in Wool by Mexican Designer Ariel Rojo
By Odabashian Rugs, Ariel Rojo
Located in Mexico City, MX
This round rug in a Mexican contemporary design, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool. The design was created b...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Moroccan Inspired Knot Rug Limited Edition "Positions" by Johanna Boccardo
By Odabashian Rugs, Johanna Boccardo
Located in Mexico City, MX
Moroccan Berber Inspired rug limited edition "Positions" by Johanna Boccardo this Moroccan Berber Inspired rug is a limited edition art rug, woven by Odabashian's network of family-o...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Gabbeh Knot Rug "Silk Road" by Johanna Boccardo, Limited Edition
By Odabashian Rugs, Johanna Boccardo
Located in Mexico City, MX
This Gabbeh Knot rug is a limited edition of ten art rugs, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool. The design for...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

Wool and Silk Rug "Jabin" by Yvonne Domenge, Limited Edition
By Odabashian Rugs, Yvonne Domenge
Located in Mexico City, MX
This is a Limited Edition rug made of premium New Zealand wool and silk. Established in 1921, Odabashian is a creative conduit for artists, designers, architects and creatives to...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Art Rug, Tibetan Hand Knotted Technique in Wool and Silk
By Odabashian Rugs, Jorge Cejudo
Located in Mexico City, MX
This wool and silk rug named "Paisaje en mi dentro y fuera" is in the traditional Tibetan hand-knotted style in premium New Zealand wool and silk, with hand-carved edges that enhance...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Contemporary Bullseye Modern Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Late 20th-century wool Tibetan carpet with a large off-center bullseye on a brown field Measures: 11'8" x 12'5".
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21st Century and Contemporary Tibetan Post-Modern Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

Contemporary Art Rug in Wool and Silk "Tropical Mercury" Limited Edition
By Simon Vega, Odabashian Rugs
Located in Mexico City, MX
This contemporary rug by Sion Vega is made in premium New Zealand wool and silk. The rug is a limited edition, woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, In...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Art Rug in Premium New Zealand Wool "Entrelíneas"
By Odabashian Rugs, Ximena Pérez Grobet
Located in Mexico City, MX
This art rug was woven by Odabashian's network of family-owned weavers near Mirzapur, India with the finest New Zealand wool. The design for the rug was created by Mexican artist Xim...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Indian Rugs

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Wool

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Post Modern Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic post modern rug available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wool and silk, every post modern rug was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a post modern rug, we have 130 options in-stock, while there are 144 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a post modern rug — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A post modern rug, designed in the Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made post modern rug over the years, but those crafted by Berber Tribes of Morocco, Odabashian Rugs and Woven Concepts are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Post Modern Rug?

Prices for a post modern rug start at $135 and top out at $20,000 with the average selling for $3,662.

A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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.