Scandinavian Rugs

History of 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.

Design of Scandinavian Rugs

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.

An Exceptional Collection of Scandinavian Carpets

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Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6150
Size: 8'3'' × 5'9'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6150
$15,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed by Ingrid Silow BB6159
Size: 11'8'' × 8' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug signed by Ingrid Silow.
Item No: BB6159
$25,000
Swedish Flatweave Signed CM (Carl Malmsten) BB6117
Size: 9'10'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1950
This circa-1950 vintage Swedish flatweave rug by Carl Malmsten, signed CM, features an all-over design of intersecting multicolored lines in soft pastel shades including yellow, green and lilac for an overall look that makes the vintage carpet bright and...
Item No: BB6117
$18,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6182
Size: 7'6'' × 5'1'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6182
$6,000
Swedish Flat weave Rug BB6156
Size: 7'9'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6156
$12,000
A Swedish Rug BB4985
Size: 7'9'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1950
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug with a modern graphic design that features simple cross shapes. Predominantly cool nuetral shades with soft shades of blue and green. Signed FLN lower left corner Jonkoping Lons Hemsjold which references the weaving facility.
Item No: BB4985
$20,000
Swedish Flat Weave Reversible Rug  by Ingrid Dessau BB6154
Size: 7'6'' × 5'2'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave reversible rug by Ingrid Dessau.
Item No: BB6154
$8,000
Swedish Flat Weave BB4841
Size: 8' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940
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A modern rug woven with a subtly striped field with shades of taupe and shades of yellow. A linear grid sits on top of the stripe and is accented with diamond shapes.
Item No: BB4841
$20,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug
Size: 9'5'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Judith Johansson.
Item No: BB6157
$12,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6153
Size: 5'9'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6153
$12,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6146
Size: 9'6'' × 6'6'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug .
Item No: BB6146
$9,000
Swedish Rug BB6145
Size: 8' × 6'3'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6145
$6,000
A Swedish Flatweave Rug by Berit Koening  BB5843
Size: 7'10'' × 6' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat-weave rug designed by Berit Koening. Vertical rows of alternating geometrical shapes in neutral colors.
Item No: BB5843
$12,000
A Scandinavian rug BB4640
Size: 24'3'' × 13'3'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Scandinavian rug in a palette of beiges, brown and orange with strong art deco architectural...
Item No: BB4640
$120,000
A Swedish Pile Rug BB5279
Size: 15'4'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1950
This mid-century vintage Swedish pile rug consists of repeating geometric designs in shades of rust and salmon, for a modern, abstract look. A pile weave is a style of knotted carpets and rugs that involves forming a pile or nap; wool or silk are knotted around...
Item No: BB5279
$50,000
A Swedish Flat weave Rug BB5277
Size: 13'4'' × 10' Circa: 1940
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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...
Item No: BB5277
$40,000
A Swedish Rug BB4963
Size: 13'5'' × 10'10''
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug. The field has striated stripes of brown and amber with a color blocked design of geometric...
Item No: BB4963
$25,000
A Swedish Flatweave Rug BB5840
Size: 7'6'' × 5'5'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Swedish flat-weave rug features an all-over design of geometric patterns in primary colors of blue, green and red against a field of gray. The vintage carpet is stark and minimalist, in keeping with the tradition of modernist Scandinavian...
Item No: BB5840
$12,000
A Swedish Pile Rug Helge Hamnert, Hogsby BB5395
Size: 10'4'' × 7' Circa: 1950
This midcentury vintage Swedish pile rug by Helge Hamnert, Hogsby features an all-over design of pastel yellows, pinks and lilacs against a field of warm brown. Carpets and rugs have been handmade from knotted wool in Sweden for centuries, taking on many different...
Item No: BB5395
$30,000
A Swedish flat woven Rug by Tora Hokansson BB4706
Size: 15' × 10'9'' Circa: 1900
Art Deco flat woven carpet designed by Tora Håkansson, woven in three widths and sewn together.
Item No: BB4706
$80,000
A Swedish Rug BB4975
Size: 17'8'' × 10'6'' Circa: 1940
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Designed by Sofia Widen with a play on overlapping diamond motifs that create a modern geometric design...
Item No: BB4975
$60,000
A Swedish Flat weave Rug Signed (W) BB5845
Size: 9'8'' × 6'7'' Circa: 1940
A flat-weave wool carpet from the mid-20th century. An aqua blue field with beige stripes and interlocking geometric border.
Item No: BB5845
$12,000
Swedish Flatweave Signed SH (Svensk Hemsl
Size: 8'8'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Svensk Hemslöjd, signed SH, features an all-over design of geometric abstractions in shades of red against a field of black, with a thin gray border. The stark simplicity evokes images of machinery and precision,...
Item No: BB6122
$30,000
A Swedish Tapestry woven by Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Size: 8'9'' × 6'6'' Circa: 1950
This striking circa-1950 vintage Swedish tapestry woven by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, titled "Finspong Tapestry," features an abstract all-over geometric design in varying shades of warm brown. The mid-century tapestry uses color and abstraction to elegant and...
Item No: BB6003
$25,000
A Swedish Flatweave Rug signed by (AGA) BB5910
Size: 8'4'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1940
This early 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug signed AGA has a central design of geometric abstractions in shades of brown and blue, surrounded by a border of multicolored circular shapes. Minimalist and modern, the vintage carpet is part of a rich rug...
Item No: BB5910
$12,000
A Swedsih Rya rug BB5989
Size: 6'10'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish rya rug features an all-over design of curving abstractions in bright green, beige and varying shades of brown, bringing to mind fallen leaves. Simple yet elegant, the mid-century vintage carpet is a unique piece of the Swedish...
Item No: BB5989
$5,000
A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström BB6015
Size: 8'6'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940
A vintage Swedish rug by famed designer Marta Maas-Fjetterström. This rug demonstrates her chromatic sensibility. A desig of outmost simplicity and refinement with fourty equal rectangles in spectacular jewel tones surrounded by a wide neutral border. The rug is...
Item No: BB6015
$20,000
A Swedish Flat Weave  Rug by Judith Johansson BB5906
Size: 10' × 6'10'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage flat weave Swedish rug by Judith Johansson features an all-over design of repeating geometric shapes in shades of blue and green, interspersed with dashed brown lines against a field of light neutral brown. The simplicity of the design...
Item No: BB5906
$15,000
Swedish flat weave (bla leden) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom  BB5959
Size: 11' × 7'9'' Circa: 1931
This elegan  flat-weave  area rug features a  repeating pattern with sophisticated colors and uncompromising Orientalist details. Fjetterstrom's global influences are revealed in the impeccably styled borders and end pieces, which display crenellated...
Item No: BB5959
$26,000
A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Size: 9'3'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, titled "Rutmattan," features a checkered pattern of squares in light, spring-like hues of green, pink and blue, with interspersed geometric abstractions. Maas-Fjetterstrom (1873-1941) was a...
Item No: BB6017
$20,000