Vintage Swedish Rug by Ingegerd Silow, Origin: Scandinavia, Mid-20th Century – This exquisite vintage rug, a Swedish flat-weave carpet, features a tremendous mid century modern design that borrows ancient tribal motifs and international influences. Ingegerd Silow’s original design has an exceptionally cosmopolitan style in keeping with international trends that surfaced in the art deco era and remained influential throughout the mid-20th century. Familiar fretwork motifs masquerade as double ram’s horns, yet Silow takes the design to the next level by toying with the T-shaped negative space that appears within each C-shaped figure. These soft earth-tone fretwork motifs are expertly re-purposed in the restrained end pieces where the T-shaped background is boldly emphasized. The designer builds a formal, classically modern composition expertly by juxtaposing the repeating fretwork motifs against golden-yellow monochromes and decorative striped accents that define the lapped compartments effectively and elegantly.