This vintage circa-1940 Swedish rug presents the viewer with a main border of cross and square geometric shapes of gray, red and blue, encasing a field of blue that complements the dark blue color beyond the border. The color scheme and geometric simplicity combine for a unique, modernist presentation in the Scandinavian carpet. Carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, in Sweden, 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.