Scandinavian Rugs

The traditional Scandinavian rug is the rya, made from hand-knotted wool. Dating from the fifteenth century, the first antique ryas were coarse, long-piled heavy coverlets used by fishermen instead of furs. By the eighteenth century ryas were generally part of a woman's trousseau and proudly displayed as important status symbols within the home. By the nineteenth century, Swedish ryas were usurped by the arrival of quilted coverlets from continental Europe and from then on were woven as purely ornamental elements.

Although the designs of antique and vintage Scandinavian rugs were originally inspired by imported textiles, they gradually developed into an innately northern expression. Simple geometric patterns and vignettes from everyday life such as bouquets of flowers, a child's sampler or a pet dog were incorporated into flat woven tapestries or Swedish pile rugs and carpets, adding charm and immediacy to this folk art. A fresh and appealing aesthetic was sustained during the first half of the twentieth century by the weavings of the celebrated Swedish carpet designer Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom and her circle. The simplicity and purity of design in vintage Scandinavian rugs gives them an immediate relevance and contemporary desirability. Furthermore, Swedish rugs of the early and mid 20th century are immensely sought after due to their incredible artistic merits and superior craftsmanship. For Swedish rug designer in the early 20th century, the production of rugs and textiles was elevated to an art form, which had great international appeal.

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A Swedish pile rug ( Blåringen ) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5956

ZSize:10'3" x 6'8" Circa1931
An early 20th century Swedish pile rug ( Blåringen ) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5956
$28,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5854

Size: 7' x 4'3" Circa:1940
A late 20th century vintage Swedish rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5854
$15,000

A Swedish flat weave rug (Beaming flower gray) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5953

Size:11'7" x 8'3" Circa:1950
A mid-20th century flat weave Swedish rug (Beaming flower gray) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5953
$40,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5863

Size: 6'3" x 5' Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstro

Item No: BB5863
$13,000

Swedish flat weave rug (Graspattan) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5954

Size: 8'4" x 5'10" circa:1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug (Graspattan) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5954
$25,000

A Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5865

Size: 3'6" x 3'6" Circa:1940
an early 20th century Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5865
$5,000

A swedish flat weave rug by Maj Swanstrom BB5955

Size:8'6" x 6' Circa:1940
A mid-20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Maj Swanstrom.

Item No: BB5955
$12,000

A Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5864

Size: 4' x 4' Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5864
$5,000

A Pair of swedish tapestry panels by Marta Maas Fjetterstron BB5960

sIZE: 7'3" X 3'5" Circa:1945
A mid-20th century swedish tapestry weave panels by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom .

Item No: BB5960
$9,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug BB5883

Size: 8' x 5'5" Circa:1940
An early 20th century vintage flat weave Swedish rug.

Item No: BB5883
$10,000

A swedish Rya rug ("Solrosen")Märta Maas-Fjetterström by Marianne Richter BB5957

Size: 5'9" x 5'4" Circa:1950
A mid-20th century Swedish rya rug ("Solrosen")Märta Maas-Fjetterström by Marianne Richter.

Item No: BB5957
$14,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5909

Size:7'2" x 5'6" Circa:1940
An early 20th century flat weave Swedish rug.

Item No: BB5909
$10,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug signed by (AGA) BB5910

Size: 8'4" x 5'4" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug signed (AGA).

Item No: BB5910
$12,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug signed by (SW) BB5908

Size: 9'10" x 6'3" Circa:1935
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5908
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB5906

Size: 10' x 6'10" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish vintage rug by Judith Johansson .

Item No: BB5906
$15,000

A Swedish Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5252

Size: 9'4'' × 5'10'' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5252
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5905

Size:8'3" x 5'8" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5905
$15,000

Swedish flat weave (bla leden) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5959

Size: 11' x 7'9" Circa:1931
An early 20th century Swedish Flat weave rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5959
$26,000

A swedish flat weave reversible rug by Ingrid Dessau BB5958

Size:7'6" x 5' Circa1940
A mid-20th century Swedish flat weave reversible rug by Ingrid Dessau.

Item No: BB5958
$8,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Anna Maria Hoke BB5951

Size:10'4" x 7'4" Circa 1963
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Anna- Maria Hoke.

Item No: BB5951
$28,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Anna-Greta Sjoqvist BB5950

Size:10'2" x 6' Circa:1950
A mid-20th century Swedish Flat weave rug by Anna-Greta Sjoqvist.

Item No: BB5950
$25,000

A Swedish pile rug ( Ståndaren ) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5952

Size:8'8" x 5'6" Circa:1928
An early 20th century Swedish pile rug( Ståndaren ) by Marta Maas Fjetterstorm.

Item No: BB5952
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5455

Size: 8'7'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5455
$30,000

A Swedish Rug Signed by (ABJ) BB5811

Size: 7' x 5'3" Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish rug signed by (ABJ).

Item No: BB5811
$12,000

A Swedish Pile Rug "Algo" by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5385

Size: 10'1'' × 7' Circa: 1933

Item No: BB5385
$35,000
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