Vintage Swedish Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: Mid-20th Century – This inventive vintage Swedish rug showcases a distinctive combination of abstract design elements with geometric features that embody an art deco model of elegance – and highlight the diversity of vintage rugs from Sweden. Striped layers and stratified details are combined to form a monumental pattern with strong abstract qualities. Moving away from the preconceived style and composition of classical designs, this modern mid-century carpet is built on new methodologies. Directional abstract arrows become a subtle central medallion and discontinuous striped segments form streamlined slab-style borders that fit classically modern design ideals. Like the most successful abstract designs, this intricately patterned carpet is full of ambiguous shapes and glyphs that are open to interpretation. The inventive color shifts and abrupt striped variations are tempered slightly by the calm, generally masculine selection of sandstone browns, dusky pinks and cool mineral greens.