This circa-1940 vintage Swedish rug features an all-over design of minimalist multicolored stripes in soft, faded tones such as lilac, blue and maroon. The simplicity and interplay of color in the vintage carpet are modern and elegant, making it part of a renowned rug weaving tradition. 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.