Swedish-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 Flat Weave  Rug signed (BA) BB6232
Size: 8' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6232
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Sverker Greuholm  BB6255
Size: 7'8'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Flat Weave Rug by Sverker Greuholm, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950. This Mid-20th Century rug is a flagship example of the Swedish unique aesthetics and intricate craftsmanship. Thanks to blue-toned colorists, designer Sverker Greuholm effectively referred to...
Item No: BB6255
$15,000
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug BB6225
Size: 12' × 11'9'' Circa: 1940
Vintage High-Low Scandinavian Rug, Circa: 1940, mid-20th century high-low Scandinavian rug hand-knotted of wool. It's color is maintained in natural, earthy tones of beige, ivory and caramel. The pattern consists of a rectangular wall-like arrangement with...
Item No: BB6225
$45,000
vintage Swedish Flat weave Rug BB6226
Size: 11'10'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat weave Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950, a Vintage Swedish Flatwoven Rug. Uniform pattern decorates the entire surface of the carpet. Background color, as well as borders at opposite ends of the rug are off-white. The rest of the composition...
Item No: BB6226
$22,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6227
Size: 7'6'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden. This woolen rug is signed by famous Swedish designer Ingegerd Silow, one of the leading and most important figures of mid-century Scandinavian design. Recognizable style of the author...
Item No: BB6227
$15,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6228
Size: 9'4'' × 6'5'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden. This woolen rug is signed by famous Swedish designer Ingegerd Silow, one of the leading and most important figures of mid-century Scandinavian design. Recognizable style of the author...
Item No: BB6228
$15,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6230
Size: 8'1'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, Circa: 1950 Timeless elegance manifests itself once again in Scandinavian Design. Distinguish flat-weave rug features a layered design, maintained in ashy shades of soft grey. Because of this elegant toned color palette, it will...
Item No: BB6230
$16,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow BB6231
Size: 7'10'' × 5'4'' Circa: 1945
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1945 This mid-20th century Swedish flat weave rug is an exquisite example of Scandinavian textile design. Imaginative folk-art patterns, that incorporate ethnic influences from many sources...
Item No: BB6231
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug  BB6229
Size: 6'7'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa 1950. A rya is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 1 - 3 inches. The first of Ryas were produced in the early fifteenth century as very simple, long-piled, heavy covers used by mariners...
Item No: BB6229
$7,000
Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug BB6239
Size: 6'3'' × 3'10'' Circa: 1945
Vintage Swedish Half-Pile Rug, Circa: 1945, Origin: Sweden, mid-20th century vintage Swedish half pile rug. This extraordinary carpet is made using mixed techniques. It combines flat wave and pile rug together. Flat parts of the weave, forming the background, are...
Item No: BB6239
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson BB6246
Size: 10'5'' × 7'4'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson, Circa: 1950 Spick and span masterpiece made for those who fell in love with Scandinavian style. This borderless rug combines together best features of a mid-20th century modern design. And that’s because of top...
Item No: BB6246
$25,000
Vintage Swedish Pile Rug  BB6238
Size: 6' × 4'8'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Pile Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950, a mid 20th century vintage Swedish level looped pile rug. In case of this carpet fibers have the form of loops. This style of carpet weaving causes a great comfort of use. It's design is harmonious and full of...
Item No: BB6238
$12,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6240
Size: 8'7'' × 4'9'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Sweden, mid-20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug. This one is created from vertical and horizontal interlocked threads in vivid colors. Fibers in shades of crimson red, purple, heather pink, yellow and...
Item No: BB6240
$10,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible  Rug BB6241
Size: 7' × 4' Circa: 1950
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Reversible Rug, Circa: 1950 Living room without a proper rug is just a room. Let in some vintage vibrations to enliven the soulless atmosphere with classical charm. Scandinavian, highly - conceptual rug will make it easy. All-over consistent...
Item No: BB6241
$8,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6254
Size: 10'4'' × 7'2'' Circa: 1950
Vintage Flat Weave Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: 1950 A truly gem for everyone, who has a little crush on retro style. The fabulous vintage rug will bring a 50’s nostalgia feeling to any living room just like that. Recalling the scenography of a “Mad Man” series,...
Item No: BB6254
$15,000
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
vintage Swedish Flat weave by Berit Koenig BB6244
Size: 10'7'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1955
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug by Berit Koenig .
Item No: BB6244
$35,000
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
A Swedish Flat Woven rug
Size: 4'7'' × 2'8'' 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: BB4802
$5,000
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
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug  BB6259
Size: 13'2'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century vintage Swedish flat weave rug.
Item No: BB6259
$40,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6287
Size: 8'3'' × 5' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Scandinavian flat weave carpet.
Item No: BB6287
$18,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6281
Size: 9'7'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1955
A mid 20th century Scandinavian flat weave carpet.
Item No: BB6281
$19,000
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
$18,000
Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB6286
Size: 6'3'' × 4'6'' Circa: 1950
A mid 20th century Scandinavian flat weave carpet.
Item No: BB6286
$9,000