This mid-century vintage Swedish flat-weave rug signed "VB" features a striking all-over design of geometric abstractions in shades of yellow and green against a field of bright red. The minimalist piece makes use of bold colors for an effect evocative of burning flames. Flat-woven rugs feature a type of weave created from vertical (weft) and horizontal (warp) interlocked threads, for a napless overall effect. In Sweden, carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the craft was seen as being an important artistic and cultural practice throughout Sweden, and designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Scandinavian rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such fixtures of modernism as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world.