Famous Art Deco Rugs: A Guide to Prices at Christie’s and Sotheby’s

In two recent blog posts How to Decorate with Art Deco Rugs- 12 Celebrated Interiors and  Art Deco Rugs in Thierry Despont’s Fabulous Interiors we studied stylish interiors with modern versions of Art Deco rugs. Today we will look at some famous antique Art Deco rugs made in the 1920’s and 30’s and get a sense of the high prices they have been fetching at Paris auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

If you look closely at the original Art Deco rugs pictured below, you will recognize certain motifs and themes that inspired modern Art Deco rugs in the interiors in the above two blog posts.

Art Deco developed in the 1920’s and 1930’s and was influenced by the rise of the machine aesthetic and new interest in ancient Egyptian, Aztec and Mayan cultures as well as in the arts of Africa and Japan. Art Deco decorative objects and furnishings were made of new materials such as aluminum, Bakelite and chromium. Art Deco rugs were handmade of soft silky wool, had sumptuous styling and appealed to the wealthy. Art Deco influenced the design of skyscrapers and Jazz Age interiors, furniture and fashion all across Europe and America and its influence spread as far as Shanghai, Bombay, Ethiopia and Bandung. The key artists and designers of Art Deco rugs include Emil-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, André Arbus, Ivan da Silva Bruhns and Sonia Delaunay.

 

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An André Arbus Aubusson rug made around 1945-46, size 102.75 inches x 116 inches was sold at Christies, Paris on 13 December 2001 for $57,784. This Art Deco Aubusson rug was originally designed for the Château de Rambouillet and was later placed in the king’s bedroom at the Palais de l’Elysée in 1949. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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A round Art Deco rug by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, 1879-1933. This handmade wool rug was made around 1930 and is 98.4 inches in diameter and was sold at Christies, Paris on 26 Nov 2009 for $73,588. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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A round Art Deco rug by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, 1879-1933. It is 94 inches in diameter and was made around 1925 and was sold at Christies, New York on 26 November, 2007 for $46,000. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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This Commode by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann was made around 1925 and was sold at Christies, Paris auction during the sale of 29-31 March, 2011 for $2,127,584. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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Detail of a handmade wool Art Deco rug by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, in size 234.5 inches x 149 inches made in Circa 1925 and sold at Christies, Paris on 31, May 2012 for $181,105. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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A handmade wool Art Deco rug made by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann around 1926 was sold by Sotheby’s, Paris on 24 November 2010 for $169,243. Image courtesy Sotheby’s.

Art Deco Rugs, French Art Deco Rugs, Modern Art Deco RugsA handmade Art Deco rug designed by Ivan da Silva Bruhns, 1881-1980 and made between 1925-30 sold at Christie’s Paris on 23-25 February, 2009 for $295,210,. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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Detail view of the above Art Deco wool rug by Ivan da Silva Bruhns. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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A handmade Art Deco rug designed by Ivan da Silva Bruhns and made in the 1930’s was sold at Christie’s, New York on 17 June 2010 for $27,500. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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A handmade Art Deco wool rug by Eileen Gray, 1879-1976 in size 60.5 inches x 50.4 inches was sold at Christie’s, Paris between 29-31, March, 2011 for $205,885. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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‘Centimètre’ is a design on paper for a carpet by Eileen Gray made between 1926 and 1929 and hand painted in gouache, with traces of pencil on paper. This painting sold for $42, 313 at Christie’s, Paris sale on 29-31 March, 2011. Image courtesy Christie’s.

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Sonia Delaunay design for an Art Deco rug or fabric from the book Tapis et Tissus. Image courtesy Jenny Florence.

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Sonia Delaunay Art Deco rug called “Arlequin” in the collection of Societe Generale. Image courtesy collectionsocietegenerale.com/fr.

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