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 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

A Swedish Pile Rug "Algo" by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5385

Size: 10'1'' × 7' Circa: 1933

Item No: BB5385

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug Signed VB BB5394

Size: 7'9'' × 5'3'' Circa: 1950

Item No: BB5394

A Swedish Flat Weave Rug BB5455

Size: 8'7'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5455

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

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

A Swedish Flat weave Rug BB5277

Size: 13'4'' × 10' Circa: 1940


Item No: BB5277

A Swedish Rug BB4959

Size: 8'8'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Swedish Half Pile rug with a cool crisp palette of grey and ivory with a blue-green accent in an abstract ...

Item No: BB4959

Alice Lund Flat Weave Rug BB4847

Size: 10'10'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1940
A mid Century Modern Finnish Flat Weave Rug woven with a contemporary camouflage pattern in various shades of red ...

Item No: BB4847

A Swedish Rug BB5254

Size: 13'9'' × 9'9'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5254

A Swedish Rug BB5074

Size: 21' × 10'10'' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Swedish Flat Weave rug designed by Ingegerd Silow, Signed IS lower right corner...

Item No: BB5074

Swedish Pile Rug BB5684

Size: 9'9'' × 7'

Item No: BB5684

Swedish Rya Rug BB5683

Size: 4'4'' × 2'5''

Item No: BB5683

Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingrid Desau BB5681

Size: 9'9'' × 6'4''

Item No: BB5681

A Swedish Half Pile Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom BB5678

Size 7'6" x 4'4" Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Swedish rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom

Item No: BB5678

Swedish Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom (Dukater) BB5699

Size: 10'7'' × 9' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5699

Vintage Rya Rug BB5680

Size: 7' × 4'7''

Item No: BB5680

Vintage Flat Weave Rug by Anna Greta Sjoqvist (AGS) BB5682

Size: 10''' × 6'6''

Item No: BB5682

Swedish Flat Weave by Judith Johanson BB5688

Size: 11'9'' × 6'
Vintage design featuring colorful patterns inspired by nature and geometry.

Item No: BB5688

MMF (Huskatten) Swedish Pile Rug BB5705

Size: 6'3'' × 4' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5705

Swedish Flat Weave by Anna Greta Sjoqvist BB5686

Size: 8' × 5'2''

Item No: BB5686

Swedish Half-Pile Rug BB5706

Size: 6'5'' × 3'6'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5706

Swedish Flat Weave by Carl Dagel BB5707

Size: 8'4'' × 5'3'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5707

Swedish Flat Weave by Judith Johansson BB5708

Size: 10' × 7'2'' Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5708

Swedish Flat Weave (Maskrosen) by Ethel Halvar Andersson BB5685

Size: 10' × 6'7''

Item No: BB5685
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