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Mid-Century Rugs

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black circle and beige mid century rug

What Is a Mid-Century Modern Rug?

Mid-century modern rug design style, reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s, brings a retro feel to a room, along with a sense of nostalgia. They don’t have to be vintage rugs, they just have to look like them.

The mid-century modern style harkens back to a simpler time. The designs focus on clean lines and a dynamic color palette. Think of the mustard, avocado, and tangerine-colored appliances or the furniture that stood out in space-age colors like bright red, gold, blue and green. That’s where the core inspiration for mid-century modern designs comes from.

What Is the Purpose of a Mid-Century Modern Rug?

When you want an iconic look with a dash of whimsy, a mid-century modern area rug is the way to go. The style reflects charm and has a timeless appeal. With elaborate patterns, angular elegance, and daring design, a modern rug can bring together the classic, vintage look you’re trying to achieve in a space. Imagine an old fashioned or shirley temple sitting in a glass on the coffee table with a drink cart at arms-length.

If you choose to go with abstract mid-century modern, you not only have a functional rug; you own an art installation. This style is about showcasing quality pieces, which can be the rug itself or another focal point in the room. A mid-century modern rug can be geometric and give a room dimension while also warming up a space and making it cozy.

beige, black and blue mid century rug

Where Should I Put a Mid-Century Modern Rug?

Living Room/Hallway


If your mid-century rug is plush and comfortable like shag carpeting, you should place it where bare feet can enjoy, such as a living room or hallway. These rugs also go well in rooms with warm wood tones and unfussy decor. 


Dining Room

A mid-century modern rug should be interesting, but not too distracting. It may have a hint of frivolity when it comes to color, so you could put one in a formal dining room to liven things up if it’s too stuffy. If you want to be more authentic to the time period, place a vintage rug (one actually made during the era) in a den or a library.




While your outside space may not be your first thought for a mid-century modern rug, they are a great way to spruce up a patio or deck. Modern outdoor rugs are designed to withstand the elements and can make for a cozy, colorful outdoor space.




If you have a minimalist bedroom, mid-century modern rugs can add a pop of color and a focal point to the room. Bedroom rugs are normally placed completely under the bed however, depending on the size of the room and bed, a mid-century rug can also be placed to the side of a bed, flush against a bedroom wall. 


What Are Some Examples of Mid-Century Modern Rugs?

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets: Retro Trace White Chocolate

Retro Trace White Chocolate is an intricately sketched design with contoured lines in contrasting natural hues. The white field overlaid with dark chocolate brown creates a unique, abstract work of art for the floor. 

Retro Trace White Chocolate is available in our standard sizes of 3’ x 5’, 6’ x 9’, 8’ x 10’, 9’ x 12’, 10’ x 14’, and 12’ x 16’. Custom sizes, runners, squares, and rounds are also available.

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets: Molecular Loop Rosehip Sheared

Sometimes, the magic happens post-weave. Molecular Loop Rosehip Sheared is a solid, color-saturated carpet with an intricate pattern hand-carved in the finest Himalayan wool. It’s an unexpected, contemporary gem of a rug you'll want to see from every angle. 

Molecular Loop Rosehip is a vibrant fuchsia statement rug. It comes in these sizes: 2’ x 3’, 3 x 5’, 6’ x 9’, 8’ x 10’, 9’ x 12’, and 10’ x 14’.

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets: Catalonia

Catalonia is a contemporary Kotana weave handmade rug. This rug features a brilliant abstract design, reminiscent of a modern abstract painting. Eyes will glide downward in admiration of this artwork on the floor. 

This 100% wool Catalonia rug was hand-knotted in Nepal. It has bright blue accents that pop among its beige, brown, and slate gray counterparts.

beige, brown, and grey mid century rug

About Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

The mission of Tufenkian Artisan Carpets is not only to make great products, it’s to serve a purpose. Besides making the world’s finest high-quality, handmade rugs and giving one-on-one attention to customers and designers, we use our profits to engage in a range of humanitarian and development projects through the Tufenkian Foundation. 

Every rug purchase supports the improvement of economy, environment, education, social justice, and opportunity in struggling countries like Armenia. Tufenkian’s number-one goal is to give back and leave the world better than we found it. 

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Value by Design

Made with the finest natural materials and craftmanship, destined to last a lifetime and become more beautiful with age, our modern designs are timeless to match our quality, not trendy and fleeting. This assures that they will be appreciated and valued for generations.

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