This circa-1930 vintage Swedish pile rug features an intriguing all-over design of stylized botanical imagery and stags in shades of beige and cool sea green against an off-white field. A thick border with geometric abstractions in brown and gray surrounds the vintage carpet. The use of different color in the wool threads used to create the pile adds a third dimension to the experience of the rug. In Sweden, carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the craft was seen as being an important artistic and cultural practice throughout Sweden, and designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Scandinavian rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such fixtures of modernism as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world.