This circa-1930 vintage flat weave Swedish rug by Judith Johansson features an all-over design of repeating geometric shapes in shades of blue and green, interspersed with dashed brown lines against a field of light neutral brown. The simplicity of the design underscores the minimalist allure of the 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.