Scandinavian Rugs

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A Scandinavian carpet BB3279
Size: 9'10'' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
'A mid 20th century Finnish rug having a modern abstract design of wide horizontal stripes...
Item No: BB3279
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 Swedish Flat Woven rug
Size: 8'2'' × 5'2'' Circa: 1940
With only four ivory stripes cutting across the open light brown field of this mid century Swedish rug, the eyes are drawn...
Item No: BB4800
A Swedish Rug BB4942
Size: 9'6'' × 5'10'' Circa: 1940
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug with a graphic design. Allthough woven in one piece there are 3 distinct sections of folk art...
Item No: BB4942
A Swedish Rug BB4984
Size: 8' × 5' Circa: 1950
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Roundels Signed MG designed by Martha Gahn. The signature on the bottom left refers to the facility...
Item No: BB4984
A Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5099
Size: 8'8'' × 6'6'' Circa: 1960
A Vintaedish Flat Weave Rug designed by Judith Johansson in the mid 20th century.
Item No: BB5099
A Swedish Rug BB5301
Size: 9'4'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5301
A Swedish Rug BB5363
Size: 9'10'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5363
A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5496
Size: 9'10'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
Item No: BB5496
Size 7'6'' × 4'4'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Swedish rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom
Item No: BB5678
A Swedish Rug  (Scholander)  by MMF  BB5816
Size: 7'3'' × 4' Circa 1940
A Late 20th century Swedish pile rug (Scholander) by MMF.
Item No: BB5816
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5854
Size: 7' × 4'3'' Circa: 1940
A late 20th century vintage Swedish rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom.
Item No: BB5854
A Swedish flat weave rug (Beaming flower gray) by  Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5952
Size: 11'7'' × 8'3'' Circa: 1950
A mid-20th century flat weave Swedish rug (Beaming flower gray) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.
Item No: BB5953
A Swedish Flatweave by Judith Johansson BB6012
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1940
Item No: BB6012
A Scandinavian carpet BB3283
Size: 7'3'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Scandinavian rug, the oatmeal field with an allover reciprocal folk design of staggered tulips...
Item No: BB3283
A Swedish carpet BB4712
Size: 7'9'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1950
"Rectangles" carpet designed by Brita Grahn, who rug designer who had an Atelier in Uppsala from 1932...
Item No: BB4712
A Swedish Flat Woven rug
Size: 5'1 × 3'1'' Circa: 1940
The checkered blue, green, and yellow allover pattern of this Swedish flatwoven rug allow it to serve as an easy way to...
Item No: BB4801
A Swedish Rug by Ellen Stahlbrand BB4943
Size: 10'3'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1940
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug signed ES and attributed to Ellen Stahlbrand. There is a dominant green field that has asubtle irregular...
Item No: BB4943
A Swedish Rug BB4987
Size: 6'8'' × 4'4'' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug. Overlapping squares and rectangles creating a grid design within a silhouetted border. Warm shades of yell...
Item No: BB4987
A Swedish Rug BB5100
Size: 8' × 4'7'' Circa: 1960
A Mid 20th Century Swedish Flat Weave Rug. A colorblocked linear design creating an aysemetrical pattern...
Item No: BB5100
A Swedish Pile Rya Rug by Ingrid Hollman Knafve BB5307
Size: 7'3'' × 5' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5307
A Vintage Swedish Pile Rug BB5498
Size: 6'3'' × 4'5'' Circa: 1950
Item No: BB5498
Swedish Flat Weave by Judith Johanson BB5688
Size: 11'9'' × 6'
Vintage design featuring colorful patterns inspired by nature and geometry.
Item No: BB5688
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Svensk Hemslojd BB5820
Size: 6'3'' × 5'2'' Circa: 1940
A Late 19th century Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed SH (Svensk Hemslojd).
Item No: BB5820
A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5863
Size: 6'3'' × 5' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstro
Item No: BB5863
Swedish flat weave rug  (Graspattan) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom  BB5954
Size: 8'4'' × 5'10'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug (Graspattan) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.
Item No: BB5954
A Swedish Tapestry by Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Size: 6' × 4'' Circa: 1920
Item No: BB6013
A Scandinavian rug BB3400
Size: 9'10'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Scandinavian rug having a simple overall design of carefully arranged solid rectiline...
Item No: BB3400
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

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.