Due to the long-lasting isolation, the Northman relied on their own symbolic layer and aesthetic sense, shaped, in a way, by the dramatic and breathtaking natural surroundings.
The history of Scandinavian folk art can be traced back to the Viking times. Someone might oppose to the statement concerning the Northern countries’ isolation from the rest of the world precisely because of notorious and famed Viking raids, terrorizing the shores of western and northern Europe. He must know, however, that the fearless warriors were not overly interested in artistic nuances of the newly acquainted cultures, nor they were especially eager to assimilate. Most certainly, some European-based elements have entered Swedish folk art, but for the most part it is exceptionally unique.
In the late Middle Ages, when the Viking power was gradually extinguishing and Scandinavia from the land of warriors started becoming the land of farmers, more peaceful, nature related motifs overtook the folk art. Works of artisans were full of flower, bird and human motifs, often referring to Scandinavian tales, legends and fables. Such patterns frequently appear on Swedish flat-weave rugs or shaggy Ryas. Their simplicity does not stand in contradiction with their heartwarming appeal and timeless beauty. This instantly recognizable folk art is so elegant and alluring that its popularity is raising rather than fading. Vintage Scandinavian rugs are the apple of the eye of design aficionados and beauty-seekers around the world as they perfectly match contemporary interiors.
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