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 by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5774

Size:20,4" x 14'5" Circa:1940
A mid 20th century Scandinavian rug by Märta Måås-Fjetterström .

Item No: BB5774
$150,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug BB5839

Size: 10' x 6'4" Circa:1940
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave carpet.

Item No: BB5839
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A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed by Svensk Hemslojd (SH) BB5800

Size: 9'8" x 6'10" Circa:1940
A Late 19th century Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed SH (Svensk Hemslojd).

Item No: BB5800
$25,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug BB5840

Size: 7'6" x 5'5" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5840
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A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5801

Size:9'8" x 6'2" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5801
$25,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug BB5841

Size: 10' x 6'8" Circa:1935
An early 20th century flat weave Swedish rug.

Item No: BB5841
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A Viantage Swedish Rug BB5802

Size:7' x 5'5" Circa:1940
A late 20th century Swedish carpet.

Item No: BB5802
$18,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug by Berit Koening BB5843

Size: 7'10" x 6' Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave carpet sign by Berit Koening.

Item No: BB5843
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A Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5809

Size:8'1" x 5'4" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish carpet.

Item No: BB5809
$20,000

A Swedish Pile Rug (Bla Rutor) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5842

Size: 10'9" x 6' Circa:1925
An early Swedish pile rug (Bla Rutor) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5842
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A Swedish Rug Sign by (JLH) BB5810

Size:8' x 5'2" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Vintage Swedish rug sing by (JLH).

Item No: BB5810
$18,000

A Swedish Flat weave Rug Sign (W) BB5845

Size: 9'8" x 6'7" Circa: 1940
A Late 20th century Swedish flat weave carpet.

Item No: BB5845
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A Swedish Rug Sign by (ABJ) BB5811

Size: 7' x 5'3" Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish rug sign 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

A Swedish Rug (Scholander) by MMF BB5816

Size: 7'3" x 4' Circa 1940
A Late 20th century Swedish pile rug (Scholander) by MMF.

Item No: BB5816
$18,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Svensk Hemslojd BB5820

Size:6'3" x 5'2" Circa:1940
A Late 19th century Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed SH (Svensk Hemslojd).

Item No: BB5820
$15,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Sigvard Bernadette BB5823

Size:9'8" X 6'3" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedsih flat weave rug sign by Sigvard Bernadette.

Item No: BB5823
$25,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed VB BB5394

Size: 7'9'' × 5'3'' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5394
$14,000

A Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5819

Size:9' x 6'9" Circa:1930
An early 20th century Swedish carpet.

Item No: BB5819
$15,000

A Swedish Flatweave Rug (The Park) BB5204

Size: 7' × 4'2'' Circa: 1943
A Swedish Flatweave tapestry technique designed in 1943 by Barbro Nilsson.

Item No: BB5204
$26,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Rinde Ramsback BB5824

Size: 9'10" x 6'5" Circa: 1930
An early 20th century swedish flat weave rug sing by Marta Rinde- Ramsback

Item No: BB5824
$10,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5829

Size: 10'8" x 7' Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5829
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5826

Size: 7' x 5' Circa: 1940
A late 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.

Item No: BB5826
$9,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5825

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

Item No: BB5825
$20,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5455

Size: 8'7'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5455
$30,000
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