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Blue Wave Wool Area Rug
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Light and movement abound under foot. Blue, cream and beige swirl in a manner reminiscent of sea and sand in this contemporary wool rug. Hand knotted, vegetal dyes. Handmade in India.
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2010s Indian Indian Rugs

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Wool

  • Blue Wave Wool Area Rug
  • Blue Wave Wool Area Rug
  • Blue Wave Wool Area Rug
  • Blue Wave Wool Area Rug
W 108 in. L 144 in.
Wave Construct Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool and Silk by Christopher Kane
By The Rug Company, Christopher Kane
Located in London, GB
There are Scottish threads running through much of Kane’s work. Playing with waves and straight lines, Kane’s distinctly modern aesthetic is reflected in this design which is inspire...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

1960s Abstract Wave Rug by V'Soske Wall Art Decoration
By V'Soske
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1960s rug designed and manufactured by V'Soske, USA. 100 percent wool. Some signs of age, small stains and light fading, but overall in good vintage condition throughout. Me...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern North and South American Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Kilim Rug with 'Sound Wave' Pattern on Brown Field
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique handmade Persian area rug from high quality sheep’s wool and colored with eco-friendly vegetable dyes that are proven safe for humans and pets alike. It’s a Classic Kilim des...
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20th Century Persian Kilim Persian Rugs

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Wool

Imperial Waves Lapis - Blue Luxury Hand Knotted Wool Silk Rug
By Tapis Rouge Atelier
Located in Milano, IT
Free virtual rug fitting - just send us pics of your interior and we suggest you the best designs, shapes, sizes and colors. The chinoiserie collection is inspired by ancient graphi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Silk

'Wave' Teal Jute Style Rug in Scandinavian Design
By Nordic Knots
Located in Floral Park, NY
The Jute Collection is woven with strong all-natural plant fibers in a modern rustic design. Equally as rugged as Minimalist. Available in three different patterns using our signatur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Minimalist Russian and Scandinavian...

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Jute

Kilombo Home 21st Century Handtufted Wool Rug Made in Spain Blue Waves
By Kilombo Home
Located in Madrid, ES
This rug is handmade in Spain using the handtufted technique. We use only the finest natural yarns, 100% pure virgin wool with a thickness of 15mm. This rug has different thickness t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Gray by Verner Panton
By Verpan, Verner Panton
Located in Horsens, DK
Seven colored rectangular rug with organic pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand's wool Hand-tufted Color: Gray.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

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Wool

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Yellow by Verner Panton
By Verpan, Verner Panton
Located in Horsens, DK
Seven colored rectangular rug with organic pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand's wool Hand-tufted Color: Yellow.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

Materials

Wool

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Orange by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
Located in Horsens, DK
Seven Colored rectangular rug with organic pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand's Wool Hand-tufted Color: Orange.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

Materials

Wool

Modern Scandinavian Rug with ‘Seismograph Wave’ Patterns in Gray over Ivory
Located in Dallas, TX
Modern area rug handwoven in Scandinavian design using fine wool and organic dyes. It features an exquisite ivory field with gray ‘Seismograph’ wave design patterns all-over. This pi...
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Kilombo Home 21st Century Hand Tufted Wool Rug made in Spain Blue Waves
By Kilombo Home
Located in Madrid, ES
This rug is handmade in Spain using the hand tufted technique. We use only the finest natural yarns, 100% pure virgin wool with a thickness of 15mm. This rug has different thickness...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Gold Waves Design Handmade Wool and Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection gold waves design handmade woo and silk rug Size: 9'0" × 14'8" (274 × 447 cm). It would be a Challenge to indifferently pass by this electrifying desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tibetan Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Abstract Waves Wool Rug in Style of Edward Fields
By Edward Fields
Located in Hingham, MA
Custom thick pile wool rug with modern wave design in the style of Edward Fields' "The Deep". Measures: 10 feet x 13 feet, circa early 1980s. Great 'defensive' colors (blue, bl...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Contemporary Handmade Flat-Wave Beige and Black Kilim Wool Rug
Located in MADRID, ES
Contemporary Kilim handcrafted in the craft workshops that the Zigler firm has in Pakistan - Made with aged wool -Measures: 2.50 x 3.00 m - Its design is a reinterpretation of the...
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2010s Pakistani More Carpets

Materials

Wool

Vintage 1970s Multicolor Pop Art "Wave" Rug Made by Desso, Germany
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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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool, Acrylic

Vintage 1970s Multi-Color "Wave" High Pile Rya Rug by Desso, Netherlands
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Original huge Rya rug "Green Wave" Decade: 1970s Oigin: Netherlands Producer: Desso, Netherlands This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. made in ...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Contemporary Handmade Flat-Wave Beige and Black Kilim Wool Rug
Located in MADRID, ES
Contemporary Kilim handcrafted in the craft workshops that the Zigler firm has in Pakistan - Made with aged wool -Measures: 2.50 x 3.00 m - Its design is a reinterpretation of the...
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2010s Pakistani More Carpets

Materials

Wool

Contemporary Flat-Wave Wool Kilim Beige and Black Color
Located in MADRID, ES
Contemporary Kilim handcrafted in the Craft workshops that the Zigler firm has in Pakistan - Made with aged wool -Measures: 3.00 x 4.10 m - Its design is a reinterpretation of the...
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2010s Pakistani More Carpets

Materials

Wool

Rug & Kilim's Hand Knotted Art Deco Style Rug, Beige Brown Circle Wave Pattern
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Handmade in hand knotted wool, this addition to the Art Deco rug line by Rug & Kilim enjoys a very soft, lush exotic yarn in the wool and silk blend, depicting a rippling circle and ...
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Early 2000s Nepalese Art Deco Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool, Silk

Roses Flat-Wave Old Runner Kilim Rug
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Old flat-wave Kilim runner, red center with beautiful Bessarabian rose design in the border: simple and elegant. Nr. 532.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Agra Turkish Rugs

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Wool

  • Roses Flat-Wave Old Runner Kilim Rug
  • Roses Flat-Wave Old Runner Kilim Rug
  • Roses Flat-Wave Old Runner Kilim Rug
  • Roses Flat-Wave Old Runner Kilim Rug
W 28.75 in. L 114.18 in.
Minimal Flat-Wave Turkish Runner
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Minimal flat-wave kilim runner - Suitable for front wardrobe, aisle, or to complete a minimal room - nr. 980 -
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Minimalist Turkish Rugs

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Wool

  • Minimal Flat-Wave Turkish Runner
  • Minimal Flat-Wave Turkish Runner
  • Minimal Flat-Wave Turkish Runner
  • Minimal Flat-Wave Turkish Runner
W 27.56 in. L 147.64 in.
Saddle Rug Lotus Flower Sea Waves Orange Red Wool Hand-Knotted, circa 1850
Located in Firenze, IT
A particular type of carpet made in Tibet with Tibetan typical technique. The Tibetan knot has a completely different structure compared to the other knots. The knot is in fact execu...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Tibetan Tibetan Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage “Welle” 'Wave' Verner Panton Textile
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Verner Panton textile, Denmark, mid-20th century. A beautiful square size vintage textile by the iconic designer Verner Panton features an archetypal undulating wave pattern,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Cotton

Wave Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the wave rug you’re looking for. A wave rug — often made from fabric, wool and silk — can elevate any home. Find 10 options for an antique or vintage wave rug now, or shop our selection of 15 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the wave rug you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each wave rug bearing Modern, Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one wave rug that is appealing in its simplicity, but Verner Panton, Verpan and Desso produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Wave Rug?

Prices for a wave rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $676 and can go as high as $17,680, while the average can fetch as much as $2,756.

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.