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 Rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5976

Size:5'2" x 3'6" Circa:1940:
An Early 20th century Swedish Rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5976
$12,000

Swedsih pile rug BB5973

Size:6' x 5'3" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish pile rug.

Item No: BB5973
$5,000

A Swedsih Rya rug BB5989

Size:6'10" x 4'8" Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish Rya rug.

Item No: BB5989
$5,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Ostia" BB6009

Size: 30' × 2'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6009
$25,000

A Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5865

Size: 3'6" x 3'6" Circa:1940
an early 20th century Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5865
$5,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Judith Johansson BB6016

Size: 11' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6016
$35,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström BB6015

Size: 8'6'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6015
$20,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström BB6014

Size: 6'8'' × 5'6'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6014
$18,000

Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Carnation Tapestry Weave" BB6000

Size: 10'3'' × 8'5''

Item No: BB6000
$35,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Judith Johansson BB6012

Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6012
$20,000

A Swedish Tapestry by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Reniassance" BB6013

Size: 6' × 4'' Circa: 1920

Item No: BB6013
$8,000

A Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5864

Size: 4' x 4' Circa:1940
An early 20th century Swedish half pile rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5864
$5,000

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5854

Size: 7' x 4'3" Circa:1940
A late 20th century vintage Swedish rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5854
$15,000

A Swedish Pile by Märta Måås-Fjetterström BB6002

Size: 9'7'' × 6'8'' Circa: 1930

Item No: BB6002
$18,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Granen" BB6007

Size: 8' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6007
$25,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Bruna Heden" BB6004

Size: 13' × 9'10'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6004
$40,000

A Swedish Tapestry woven by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Finspong Tapestry" BB6003

Size: 8'9'' × 6'6'' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB6003
$25,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Ljusa Plador" BB6008

Size: 8'5'' × 5'5'' Circa: 1930

Item No: BB6008
$12,000

A Swedish Flatweave by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Vita Rutmattan" BB6005

Size: 9'8'' × 6'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB6005
$15,000

A Swedish Pile by Märta Måås-Fjetterström BB6001

Size: 8'8'' × 6'8'' Circa: 1960

Item No: BB6001
$18,000

Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Fjädern Pile Carpet" BB5999

Size: 10' × 6'6''

Item No: BB5999
$28,000

A Swedish Pile by Märta Måås-Fjetterström "Skriftlösa" BB6006

Size: 10' × 6'8'' Circa: 1930

Item No: BB6006
$25,000

Swedish flat weave (bla leden) by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom BB5959

Size: 11' x 7'9" Circa:1931
An early 20th century Swedish Flat weave rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.

Item No: BB5959
$26,000

A swedish flat weave rug by Maj Swanstrom BB5955

Size:8'6" x 6' Circa:1940
A mid-20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Maj Swanstrom.

Item No: BB5955
$12,000

A Pair of swedish tapestry panels by Marta Maas Fjetterstron BB5960

sIZE: 7'3" X 3'5" Circa:1945
A mid-20th century swedish tapestry weave panels by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom .

Item No: BB5960
$9,000
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