Rya Rugs (or Ryijy) are the traditional Scandinavian rugs made in Sweden and Finland, and word "Rya" actually means Rug. The vintage Scandinavian Rya rugs that were made in Sweden have extremely long, dense pile and were inspired by the Turkish "Yataks" or bedding rugs. Simple patterns, stripes and geometric designs are emblematic of these textural treasures. Thanks to the recent revival of mid century decors the vintage Swedish Rya rugs seem to have made a strong comeback. Interior Designers and decorators from all four corners of the world are seeking out vintage Scandinavian rugs and more specifically the mid-century vintage Rya rugs because of their art deco feel and modernist designs. From all the different types of Scandinavian carpets, the Rya rugs are easiest to recognize due to their pile which is much like the modern day "shag carpets".
Scandinavia's fantastic rya Rugs are modern, luxurious and superbly stylish. With such rich textures, bold colors and abstract designs, it's not surprising that these luscious mid-century rugs are working their way back into modern interiors. After Islamic textiles were introduced to the far north around the 10th century, it didn't take Scandinavian craftspeople long to produce their own re-creations. The first long-pile Ryas were worn by sailors and fishermen, and they were also used as insulating bedcovers. This enduring Nordic textile enjoyed centuries of popularity first as an upper-class bed covering and later as a local handicraft. During the 1600s, decorative Rya rugs were made for dowries, featured in wedding ceremonies and displayed in homes. The popularity of these luxurious, colorful rugs really took off in the mid-20th century when shag carpets were must-have accessories, and Scandinavian design pieces were all the rage. The scrumptious texture and rich colors of vintage Scandinavian Ryas have earned them a place in stylish homes once again.
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25 Rugs Found in Rya Rugs
This exquisite vintage rya features a bold geometric design conceived by the highly decorated textile artist Marianne Richter and rendered in subtle green hues.
Created circa 1960, this colorful Scandinavian Rya features an abstract latticework pattern set over a series of marvelously textural background motifs.
Neutral roundels rendered in contrasting colors create an elegant allover pattern as they traverse this chic vintage Rya created in Scandinavia circa 1940.
This elegant vintage Rya created in Scandinavia circa 1940 features a bold pattern of branching limbs emanating from bold trunks rendered in black, white and red.
Abstract figures with a geometric structure and crystalline form decorate the marvelously textural field of this vintage mid-century Rya from Scandinavia.
Delicate water lilies and floating lotus leaves decorate the saturated turquoise and azure blue field of this charming vintage Scandinavian Rya created circa 1940.
Delicate blushing pink rose blossoms, Byzantium purple botanical emblems and ornate European motifs are combined in this chic vintage Rya from Scandinavia.
Overlapping roundels decorated with a concentric series of gradient rings create a pleasing focal point amid the neutral visage of this chic Scandinavian Rya.
Representing the dichotomy of warm and cool colors, this vibrant Scandinavian Rya features a bold color wash pattern with gentle curves and layers of detail.
Mod roundels, striped squares and abstract geometric motifs are combined in a delightful clustered composition that makes this modern, vintage Rya warm and inviting.
This sublime vintage Scandinavian rya features an exuberant assortment of colorful geometric patterns rendered in a vibrant combination of celadon and guava red.
Crafted in the mid-20th century, this luxurious vintage Scandinavian rya showcases a fantastic minimalist pattern with graphic linear motifs and op-art tendencies.
Designed by Marianne Richter, this vintage Scandinavian rya features a verdant composition with bold colors and abstract details that are wonderfully modern.
Crafted in Scandinavia, this delightful vintage Rya features a regal bouquet surrounded by an assortment of whimsical folk motifs rendered in a colorful style.
This regal vintage Scandinavian Rya features a lovely assortment of rustic motifs that are combined to create a handsome arts and crafts-style double medallion.
Rendered in a restrained combination of Nordic colors, this sumptuous antique Scandinavian Rya features a clever pattern of repeating jigsaw motifs.
Formal florets surrounding central coronas create a charming flower-filled field and decorate the radiant borders of this warm golden-brown Rya from Scandinavia.
Created in Sweden circa 1934, this regal Rya features a formal geometric composition with rectilinear compartments that have a distinct arts and crafts influence.
This spectacular vintage Rya from Scandinavia features an abstract medallion incorporating sweeping lines and formal shapes rendered in saturated colors.
Created in the northern latitudes of Scandinavia, this spectacular vintage Rya features bold colors and abstract designs that possess a warm, fiery autumnal glow.
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