Vintage Swedish Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: Mid-20th Century – Here is a charming mid-century modern Scandinavian rug by Ingrid Dessau– a Swedish composition featuring a representative modern design which borders on the abstract. Upon first glance, the composition of this vintage rug seems to be rather straightforward – concentric yellow rectangles, occasionally interrupted by bold black marks, with a line of blue running vertically through the center. However, there is a great deal more to this rug than first impressions might suggest: for despite the simplicity of its arrangement, this is a dynamic and exciting carpet – and a piece that becomes more intriguing the more tine one spends admiring it. For instance, the subtle shift in tone that occurs in the upper portion and lower portion of the piece creates an infusion of energy that guides the eye toward the borders, where a further dynamic shift occurs. For while most of this fetching mid-century Swedish is one shade of yellow or another, the borders are rather different indeed, with the horizontal borders consisting of a black and white diagonal pattern – not dissimilar to zebra stripes – and the vertical borders consisting of tight, horizontal black and white stripes, which are so closely woven together that they appear almost as one grey mass when viewed from a distance. The black triangular figures that line the inside of each vertical border also infuse the rug with additional energy, moving the eye toward the center, toward the line of stacked blue rectangles. All in all, this an exciting mid-century Scandinavian area rug with a dynamic and enduringly appealing composition.