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have a long history in Scandinavian weaving which reaches right into the Modern period. An established form of Swedish folk weaving, "Rollakans" were used as coverlets or flat woven tapestry rugs
. Swedish rugs and carpets are the product of ancient weaving traditions transported from countries in the Asian Steppe on epic journeys through harsh Arctic conditions. Evolving from a practical fur-like cold weather garment into a stylish coverlet, the Rya
was the premier all-purpose textile for the Scandinavian region. After many years of creating long-pile Ryas and flat-wovencarpets
, Swedish weavers developed a passion for designs incorporating simple geometric patterns and artful motifs based on regional folklore. By the 20th century, Swedish rugs were international art objects that were partly the product of government funding. Swedish master weavers and textile artists continued to grow their trendsetting style with shaggy carpets, bold works of art and colorful rugs that epitomize modern, mid-century designs
Vintage Swedish rugs and carpets have been the benefactors of the recent resurgence in mid-century modern interiors. Rugs from Sweden are known for incorporating modernist motifs and designs which naturally go perfectly in any modern decor or setting. As the demand increases for the art deco and vintage rugs - people can expect the prices of the Swedish rugs to escalate over the next few years. With that said, Swedish rugs and carpets are probably the best value - simply put - for a fraction of what it would cost to get a good (not great) mid-century modernist painting, one could buy any one of a number of the best Swedish rugs that ever made. It is because of this simple fact that people are now buying Swedish rugs and using them as wall hangings / tapestries. There is no doubt that the Swedish rugs and carpets have equally as much artistic value as any painting but since the price points are so much less this begs the question - why buy a modernist painting when you could own a Swedish rug that is equally as beautiful and is far less expensive?
As a nice little side note, the term "antique rugs" in Swedish is: antika mattor.
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200 Rugs Found in Swedish Rugs
This small square piece is brilliantly representative of trends in mid-century Scandinavian rugs - especially those designed by the inimitable Marta Maas Fjetterstrom.
This small flat-woven Scandinavian kilim is a product of the legendary Marta Maas Fjetterstrom atelier. Its pallet and overall design are typical of the period and emblematic of the designer.
This delightful patchwork collage depicts a beautiful assemblage of distinctive variegated patterns and striped knits crafted by the legendary Missoni design house.
This beautifully composed art rug depicts one of Andy Warhol's famous interpretations of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
This striking mid-century art rug depicts one of Andy Warhol's famous renditions of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
This delightfully abstract and beautifully colored vintage Swedish rug features a stunning assortment of abstract peacocks rendered in clear jewel-tone colors.
This exciting and decidedly modern composition is drawn in the style of the great Catalan artist Joan Miro, one of the great 20th century Surrealists.
This graphic vintage Swedish Kilim displays a superb variety of geometric motifs and Nordic patterns that have a rustic tribal appearance with a mid-century flair.
Crafted in Sweden, this decorative Scandinavian rug features a spectacular Gobelins-style tapestry composition that depicts a lively European market scene.
This mid-century Swedish carpet is characterized by an exciting, modern composition which beautifully communicates the abstract.
Undulating curves, organic shapes and gradient stripes give this round vintage Swedish deco rug a brilliant, abstract op-art appearance that is entirely modern.
Depicting the much-beloved Swedish character Nils Holgersson, flying on a goose, this whimsical Swedish rug is an absolute delight.
Drawn in a bold abstract style, this stunning vintage Swedish deco rug features a dramatic spiraling vortex rendered in a chic selection of fiery warm colors.
This spectacular vintage Swedish deco shag rug depicts a phenomenal abstract pattern of sweeping geometric waves that have exquisite colors and a mod op-art style.
Quintessentially modern and beautifully composed, this vintage rug is an intriguing example.
The narrow line work and minimalistic presentation gives the entire piece an air of experimentation and unconstrained expressionism.
Fabulously modern and superbly stylish, this vintage Swedish deco shag rug is the ultimate accessory for op-art, Danish modern or retro-inspired interiors.
This striking Finnish Rya or long pile rug is a classic example of the type. Originally developed as bedding coverlets, these rugs are luxuriantly soft and comfortable.
Woven from a colorful melange of textural fibers, this vintage Swedish rag rug is a whimsical work of art with outstanding rustic and modern appeal.
This hypnotic, dynamic vintage Swedish rug is characterized primarily by its fascinating color pallet, which channels a powerful energy throughout.
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