This circa-1940 vintage Swedish flat-weave rug signed "KH" features geometric abstractions in shades of pale yellow and beige against a field of neutral beige. Flat-woven rugs feature a type of weave created from vertical (weft) and horizontal (warp) interlocked threads, for a napless overall effect. 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.