This circa-1940 minimalist vintage Swedish runner rug features beige, brown and green horizontal stripes in a bold, modern pattern. 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. Runner rugs such as this one are often used as a complement or a contrast to adjacent rugs, or as the transition linking two separate rooms.