This mid-century vintage Swedish runner rug startles with its simple yet bold color combinations. Broad horizontal stripes of acidic green, yellow and brown tones combine in the vintage Scandinavian carpet for a stunning modernist look that is part of the rich textile-weaving tradition of the region. 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 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.