This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flatweave rug features geometric designs in primary colors against a field of light blue. The modernist, minimalist approach is evident here, as well as elements of the Swedish tradition. Carpets and rugs have been handmade from knotted wool in Sweden for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. Eventually, Swedish rug-makers would begin to use Oriental rug-weaving techniques, while incorporating themes and motifs more consistent with the artistic and cultural heritage of Sweden. By the beginning of the twentieth century, designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Swedish rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such modernist greats as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world. This unique vintage carpet is an essential piece of the elegant Scandinavian style.