About Mid Century Modern Vintage Swedish Rya Rugs

Originally from Scandinavia, vintage Rya rugs grew in popularity in the United States during the 1970’s

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Vintage Rya Rugs are traditional Scandinavian rugs made in Sweden and Finland. Rya means “shaggy” and these vintage rugs 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.

Geometric patterns pop out in this Art deco Vintage Swedish Rya rug.
Geometric patterns pop out in this Art deco Vintage Swedish Rya rug.

Because of their geometric designs, the Swedish Rya rugs is prized both for it’s exciting, traditional composition as well as it’s important cultural role in the history of Scandinavia. As the interest in mid century vintage Scandinavian rugs continues to climb, so too will the inherent value of fine Swedish Rya rugs.

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A mid-century modern home with a vintage rya rugs
A mid-century modern home with a vintage rya rug image by MidModMinot

The mid century modern movement in interior design has embraced these beautiful and whimsical works of folk art rugs, different from art deco rugs. Designers and consumers have been flocking buying these rugs for their modernist designs and relatively low pricing.

This beautiful shag rug has cool blues and purples with a school of fish swimming towards the center.
This beautiful shag rug has cool blues and purples with a school of fish swimming towards the center. See the rug here.

For the past two or three years, vintage interiors have been all the rage. If this vintage mid century modern fueled trend continues (and we don’t see the interest tapering any time soon) then you can count on the fact that the vintage Swedish Rya rugs will spike in value. Especially as the demand grows while the supply dwindles.

This rug related blog post was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City.