Vintage Swedish Kilim Rug, Country of Origin: Sweden, Circa Date: Mid-20th Century – Here is a vibrant and energetic vintage rug – a Scandinavian kilim that was woven in Sweden during the middle years of the twentieth century. Incredibly imaginative and whimsical, this charming vintage carpet showcases the more lighthearted side of mid-century carpet design. A simple style defines this minimalist composition, from the deconstructed borders to the simply decorated field. Beginning with the borders, the tone is set for the remainder of the work. Here, primary shades of red, yellow and blue blocks run along the perimeter of the carpet in an alternating pattern. The yellow blacks are broken into diagonal stripes, with half of those figures effectively fading into the ivory background. A single stripe featuring this same pattern runs vertically down the center of the carpet. Around this central vertical pillar, a series of intriguing zebra figures dance in procession. These minimally designed figures infuse the entire carpet with a deep sense of energy, and beautifully tie the field in with the border. A unique and imaginative work, this mid-century Swedish kilim is an intriguing example.
This charming vintage Scandinavian rug, a vintage Scandinavian Kilim that features vibrant colors and a playful zebra rug design motif. This Scandinavian kilim, which puts a geometric twist on pictorial animal rugs, is both modern and lively, and would add a great pop of color to any room.
The tradition of rug weaving in the Scandinavian region can be traced back many centuries, and was developed based off of Asian weaving techniques brought back to the region by explorers. The Scandinavian weavers put their own style into their rugs by incorporating the traditional folkloric and geometric motifs that were popular in the region. By the 20th Century, weaving was a well-established national craft, and rug makers were receiving government funding to produce their art, which was prized by collectors and designers world-wide.
Recently, Scandinavian carpets such as this one have experienced a resurgence in popularity, which resulted from the current taste for mid-century, minimalist design. Because Scandinavian rugs are very geometric and sparely ornamented, they fit in quite well with the Mid-Century aesthetic.
Though many Scandinavian kilims contain stylized animal imagery, this rug is unique in its depiction of zebras, an animal obviously not native to the Northern European region. The zebras are presented quite playfully, dancing along the inner border of the rug, which gives the piece a whimsical touch. This beautiful vintage Scandinavian kilim would add a colorful charm to any modern interior.