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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Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug BB6239
Size: 6'3'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1945
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish half pile rug.
Item No: BB6239
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6246
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6246
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Vintage Swedish Pile Rug  BB6238
Size: 6' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish pile rug.
Item No: BB6238
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6240
Size: 8'7'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6240
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible  Rug BB6241
Size: 7' × 4' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6241
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6254
Size: 10'4'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6254
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave by Ingrid Dessau BB6200
Size: 7'6'' × 5'2' ' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6200
$20,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6190
Size: 8' × 6' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6190
$18,000
Vintage Swedish pile Rug ( Ståndaren ) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB6189
Size: 12'5'' × 9'5'' Circa: 1930
An early 20th century Swedish pile rug.
Item No: BB6189
$40,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6227
Size: 7'6'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6227
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6228
Size: 9'4'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6228
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6230
Size: 8'1'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage flat weave Swedish rug.
Item No: BB6230
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6231
Size: 7'10'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1945
A mid 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6231
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6234
Size: 6'9'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6234
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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug  BB6229
Size: 6'7'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish Rya rug.
Item No: BB6229
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Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed by Ingegerd Silow  BB6159
Size: 11'8'' × 8' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug signed by Ingrid Silow features an all-over design of geometric abstractions in varying hues of brown and beige, against a field of light brown. Fringe on both ends completes the look of the midcentury vintage carpet....
Item No: BB6159
$25,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6182
Size: 7'6'' × 5'1'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of softly curving light blue geometric abstractions with dark brown accents, against a field of light brown. Fringe on both ends completes the look of the midcentury vintage carpet. In...
Item No: BB6182
$6,000
Swedish Flat weave Rug BB6156
Size: 7'9'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of chartreuse yellow bands alternating in lightness framed by a large checkerboard-style main border with geometric accents in dark brown and blue. A thin outer brown border completes the...
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 BB4841
Size: 8' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940
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
This circa-1930 vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Judith Johansson, titled "Bjorkhult," features a striking open space of neutral gray in the center. The central design is surrounded by geometric abstractions in autumnal shades of orange, brown and yellow,...
Item No: BB6157
$12,000
Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6153
Size: 5'9'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of geometric and linear abstractions in shades of blue, beige and cyan. Thick vertical gray bands traverse the early 20th century vintage carpet vertically, adding structure to its overall...
Item No: BB6153
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Rug BB6145
Size: 8' × 6'3'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Swedish flat weave rug features an all-over design of linear white abstractions against a field of warm brown. Three white lines and fringe at both ends complete the look of the early 20th century modernist vintage carpet. In Sweden, carpets...
Item No: BB6145
$6,000
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 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" x 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 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
This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat weave rug signed W features an all-over design of beige stripes against a field of aqua blue. The look of the midcentury vintage carpet is completed by an interlocking geometric border featuring abstractions in matching blue....
Item No: BB5845
$12,000