This intriguing vintage Swedish rug from 1940 is a simple yet striking display of geometric designs, as rhomboid shapes in off-white repeat against a field of rust red. The vintage carpet is individual in its minimalism while simultaneously being part of a rich textile tradition. Carpets and rugs have been handmade from knotted wool in Sweden 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.