Swedish rugs have a long history in Swedish / 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 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-woven carpets, Swedish weavers developed a passion for designs incorporating simple geometric patterns and artful motifs based on regional folklore. By the 20thcentury, Swedish carpets 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.
Swedish rugs 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 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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Swedish Rugs: Revitalized by the Return of Mid-Century Modern Design
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155 Rugs Found in Swedish Rugs
This delightful patchwork collage depicts a beautiful assemblage of distinctive variegated patterns and striped knits crafted by the legendary Missoni design house.
This delightfully abstract and beautifully colored vintage Swedish rug features a stunning assortment of abstract peacocks rendered in clear jewel-tone colors.
Crafted in Sweden, this decorative Scandinavian rug features a spectacular Gobelins-style tapestry composition that depicts a lively European market scene.
Crafted in the mid-20th century, this vintage Swedish deco rug features an energetic yin-yang pattern with bold colors, sweeping lines and sumptuous rya textures.
Undulating curves, organic shapes and gradient stripes give this round vintage Swedish deco rug a brilliant, abstract op-art appearance that is entirely modern.
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.
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 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.
Fabulously modern and superbly stylish, this vintage Swedish deco shag rug is the ultimate accessory for op-art, Danish modern or retro-inspired interiors.
Representing rustic minimalism at its best, this splendid mid-century Swedish rag rug depicts a host of wildly colored stripes set over a chic ashen-gray ground.
This celestial vintage Swedish deco rug features a fabulous pattern of interlocked warm-tone crescents paired with saturated roundels and decorative shaded accents.
This delightful vintage mid-century Swedish tapestry depicts a relaxed shepherd watching over a diverse flock of sheep and a pastoral scene that has bucolic charm.
This distinctive Swedish rag rug displays a wildly striped, richly variegated visage incorporating grounded earth tones, saturated aquatic colors and chic neutrals.
Simple crescent motifs rendered in contrasting colorways create a sleek contemporary design statement in this stylish vintage rug created in Scandinavia.
This phenomenal vintage Swedish rug
features a bold geometric composition with repeating elements and concentric outlines executed in augmented primary colors.
This bold and exuberant Finnish Rya has a classic abstract "kehra" pattern of circles and lines in a luscious...
Crafted in the mid-20th century, this striking vintage Swedish deco rug showcases a formal pattern of abstract geometric figures drawn in an impressionistic style.
This lovely Swedish deco rug has a a stunning stepped geometry on a burnt orange ground set against a warm ivory-tan border.
Layered geometric figures rendered in warm earthy colors decorate this abstract vintage Swedish deco rug creating an abstract pattern that is modern and vivacious.
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