Just sit back and enjoy the savage beauty of the North captured in our special collection of vintage Swedish rugs. Imagine mighty mountains shrouded in mist. At the foothills spread out dense forests with cold rushing streams meandering around venerable trees. The sun sets behind valleys resembling vast oceans of grass dotted with flowers. Turn your eyes to the sea and feel the salty breeze. Now, take a deep breath of fresh, clean air. You are in Sweden.
Those dramatic and breathtaking landscapes make a man feel humble in the face of nature. No wonder, the Swedes have learned to derive pleasure from simplicity – their rug design is created according to the rule ‘Less is more’. In contrast to the southern European excess and overabundance, the Northerners prefer uncomplicated patterns which, in fact, portray their majestic surroundings. Geometric figures symbolize mountains, rivers and forests. A cross is a flower, a rhombus represents a diamond. Yet there is more than one reason for such a modesty in design. Compatible and united as they are, the Swedes have decided that every member of their society should be able to afford a good rug. After all, a living room without a rug is just a room. They apply simple patterns to prevent carpet prices from being unreasonable. However, do not be misled – their aesthetic value and quality is still enormous and nowadays desired more than ever.
Skillful artists such as Judith Johansson, Marta Maas Fjatterstorm, Anna Maria Hoke or Alice Lund are world famous for their nature-inspired masterpieces, which are in highest regard across the whole globe. Their attention to detail, choice of colors and patterns, along with deep symbolism of Scandinavian countryside is what makes those rugs so special, even touching. Needless to say, the quality is exquisite and an original Scandinavian rug may serve its owner for ages.
Doris Leslie Blau is proud to present you some of those wonders, which can be found in our collection. Do not be shy, feel the soft-pile rya, marvel at the vibrant colors and the composition of a flat-weave, let yourself be surprised by a texture of a half-pile. Finally, admire the fresh and wild beauty of Scandinavian nature captured in well thought out design.