This circa-1930 vintage Swedish flat-weave rug by Marta Rinde Ramsback makes use of a minimalist geometric pattern consisting of an all-over design of blue, brown and yellow squares. Fringe at both ends completes the modernist simplicity of this vintage carpet. 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. Flat-weave carpets such as this vintage piece are created from vertical (weft) and horizontal (warp) interlocked threads.