Vintage rugs are defined as rugs produced beginning in the 1940s, while any carpets produced in the 1930s and before are typically characterized as "antique." Every type of rug you can imagine comes in both antique and vintage forms. While some vintage forms are very similar to their antique counterparts, such as Oushak carpets, Scandinavian rugs, Navajo rugs, and Hooked rugs, other vintage forms of rugs derive inspiration from their antique predecessors while differing from them in other distinct ways, such as in size, shape, color palette, or design. These rug types include Turkish carpets, Khotan rugs, Persian rugs, Chinese Art Deco carpets, and Caucasian rugs.
--Vintage Oushak rugs are produced in Usak, a city in the interior part of the Aegean region of Turkey. The city of Usak is the provincial capital of the Usak Province, which is also home to the district of Esme, famous for Turkish Kilims. Oushak rugs are among the finest and most sought-after rugs in the world. For centuries, rugs produced in this city and the surrounding region have been highly-regarded and thought of as setting the standard for the finest practices of rug weaving. Oushak and Turkish carpets are typically highly decorative and feature grand, monumental designs. Many feature central medallions flanked by sprays of floral motifs, vine scrolls, or palmettes. Large-scale designs, soft colors, and lustrous wool are all characteristics of most Oushak carpets, and Vintage Oushak rugs are no exception.
--Vintage Scandinavian rugs work very well in transitional interiors due to their Art Deco looks. Additionally, many Scandinavian rugs, especially Swedish rugs, are of a contemporary design. Because Mid-Century Modern and Transitional design trends have risen in popularity, Scandinavian rugs have become in high-demand.
--While Antique Turkish Kilim rugs are characterized by their lighter colors of gold, orange, and light blue, Vintage Kilim rugs and Vintage Jajeem rugs from the 1950s and 1960s feature bright and brilliant colors. Persian Kilim carpets have darker, richer tones, while Caucasian Kilim rugs have brighter colors in reds, greens, and blues.
--Vintage Khotan rugs are characterized by Chinese details and Asian designs. Many Khotan carpet patterns are inspired by the mountains and items that were traded along the Silk Road, ranging from pomegranates to medallions to Buddhist and Asian motifs and Persian and Indian designs. The coloring of Antique Khotan rugs was intense in the early days of their production, but present day Vintage Khotan rugs are more pallid and light in color. Historically, Khotan rugs were woven using all silk or a combination of silk and wool.
--Vintage Traditional Persian rugs are produced using the designs of the past, sometimes with a twist or change in color combinations to make them more adaptable to current trends in fashion and decorating. These new rugs are inspired by the designs of Tabriz, Kashan, Sultanabad, Oushak, Agra, and Amritsar carpets, as well as the Antique Caucasian designs such as Kazak, Shirvan, etc.
--Many Vintage Chinese Art Deco carpets were produced in the mid-20th Century and feature pictorial scenes, trees, birds, clouds, mountains, dragons, and striking flowers. Walter Nichols did a great deal to popularize these Vintage Chinese Art Deco rugs and preserve a high standard of rug making. With Nichols's help, Vintage Chinese Art Deco carpets were know to feature more vibrant colors, different from the two-color palettes seen in Antique Chinese rugs produced before Nichols.
--Caucasian rugs did not gain popularity before the 1970s; therefore, vintage Caucasian rugs have become a primary choice for rug connoisseurs and collectors. Vintage Caucasian carpets were widely marketed in Italy from the 1980s on. Italians appreciate the simple and crude style of the Caucasian rugs and also the tribal significance they portray. They also cherish the rugs because of their sizes, which are well adapted to Italian room sizes.
--The oldest Navajo rugs and Navajo blankets on the market today date back to the 1860s. Present day and Vintage Navajo rugs feature the same style, dyes, natural wool, and weaving techniques as antique Navajo rugs. The Navajos still make beautiful Navajo rugs and colorful Navajo blankets today featuring vibrant Navajo rug designs, but not on the same scale as they did hundreds of years ago.
--When it comes to Hooked rugs, yarns and other creatively used materials have always been used for both Antique Hooked rugs and Vintage Hooked rugs. Everything from cotton T-shirts to nylon stockings were cut and used. Because rug-hooking was a craft of those who were poor, rug makers utilized whatever materials were available. Every scrap of fiber that was no longer usable for clothing was put into rugs. In the United States, yarn was not a fiber of choice if one did not have access to thrums, pieces of yarn that ran 9 inches (23 cm) long. Instead, the tradition of using scraps of fabric to create vintage hooked rugs evolved. Creating beautiful and colorful American hooked and sewn rugs is both an art and a craft, forming some of the most desirable decorative pieces made in North America. Designs for American hooked rugs can be as complex as flowers, animals, and landscapes or as simple as geometrics.