Designed by Irma Kronlund, executed at Kronobergs La?ns Hemslo?jd in Va?xjo?. Signed: KLH IK. This circa-1930 vintage Swedish rug features an all-over design of geometric shapes resembling hourglasses on a field of abrash blue and green. Carpets and rugs such as this vintage Scandinavian carpet have been handmade from knotted wool in Sweden for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. Rugs woven in the traditional Oriental manner were originally brought to Sweden over trade routes as early as the early Middle Ages. Eventually, Swedish rug-makers would begin to use Oriental rug-making techniques, but themes and motifs more consistent with the artistic and cultural heritage of Sweden. By the beginning of the twentieth century, designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Swedish rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such modernist greats as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world.