Antique, semi-antique and vintage rugs

Antique means more than 100 years old and semi-antique mean between 50 – 100 years old. In some cases an “antique rug” is just more than 80 years old. An vintage rug is more than 40 years old and some dealers use this expression instead of “semi-antique” rugs.

Rugs and carpets from the 15th-18th centuries are almost never called “antique” but are described by the century where they are considered to be made. A rug made in the mid 19th century may be called mid 19th century or circa 1850 but seldom just “antique”.

Antique rugs

ANTIQUE PERSIAN PETAG TABRIZ CARPET, 9 FT 9 IN X 14 FT 2 IN. (Nazmiyal Auction 21 January 2021)

Semi-antique rugs

Lot 106, Semi-Antique Malayer Rug, Persia
Semi-Antique Malayer Rug, Persia 7’2” x 10’3”. (Material Culture 22 January 2021)


Vintage Scandinavian Marta Maas
Vintage Scandinavian textile Marta Maas ca. Circa 1950’s (Nazmiyal Auction 6 February 2020)