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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 Flat Weave Rug Sign by Ingegerd Silow BB5615

Size: 8'2'' × 5'4''

Item No: BB5615

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Sign by Ingegerd Silow BB5627

Size: 8' × 5'2''

Item No: BB5627

A Swedish Flat Woven rug (Sverige Rolakan)

Size: 13'9'' × 9'5''
One of the larger Swedish Flat Woven rugs in the collection, the present example has a light brown field beneath horizontal ivory ...

Item No: BB4839

A Swedish Flat Woven rug (Sverige Riolakan) by Polly Bjorkman

Size: 16'1'' × 10'0 Circa: 1940
Signed TPB (Textilatelier Polly Bjorkman), the present Swedish rug has a vibrant orange field beneath a geometric allover pattern in a grid ...

Item No: BB4840

A Swedish Flat woven rug (Sverige matta)

Size: 9'4'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
A Swedish flatweave rug that has a brown field beneath an unusually complex allover pattern of rows and columns of diamond shapes ...

Item No: BB4809

A Swedish pile Rya Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB4716

Size: 10' × 5'6'' Circa: 1946
"The Tiger Pelt" shaggy pile rya rug designed by Barbro Nilsson; woven by the MMF atelier ...

Item No: BB4716

A Swedish flat woven Rug by Edna Martin BB4722

Size: 8'1'' × 6'7'' Circa: 1956
"The Girls in the Window" flat woven carpet by Edna Martin executed in Svensk Hemslöjd (Swedish Home ...

Item No: BB4722

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

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

A Swedish Tapestry by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB4991

Size: 7' × 4' Circa: 1929
A Swedish Tapestry Designed in 1929 and woven in Bastaad after 1941 Signed AB MMF. An Overall Chevron Pattern with squares and ...

Item No: BB4991

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

A Swedish Pile Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB4885

Size: 12' × 9'7'' Circa: 1929

Item No: BB4885

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug

Size: 13'5'' × 10' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug. Interlocking color blocked abstract square and rectangular shapes ...

Item No: BB4854

A Swedish RYA Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB4725

Size: 11'10'' × 6' Circa: 1950
"Sunflower" rya rug designed by Viola Gråsten (1910-1994) ...

Item No: BB4725

A Swedish Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB4707

Size: 8'9'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1939
"Dahlias" carpet designed by Märta Måås-Fjetterström ...

Item No: BB4707

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5501

Size: 6' × 3' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5501

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5500

Size: 6'1" × 3'6" Circa: 1930

Item No: BB5500

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5499

Size: 5'8" × 4'3" Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5499

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5498

Size: 6'3" × 4'5" Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5498

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5497

Size:7'4" × 4'8" Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5497

A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5496

Size: 9'10" × 4'9" Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5496

A Swedish Flat Weave by (IS) BB5469

Size: 7'8" × 5'6" Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5469

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5468

Size: 6'10'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5468

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5460

Size: 8'1'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5460

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5459

Size: 6'3'' × 6'1'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5459
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