Mid-Century Scandinavian Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug, Country of Origin: Sweden, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century — This vintage Rya rug features a simple geometric pattern. The muted colors give the Swedish rug a soft and warm look, while its brown shades give the impression that the vintage mid-century modern rug is a product of nature. The design is reminiscent of several tree trunks that have fallen together, an effect that is heightened by the torn-looking edges at the end of each of these geometric designs. The design is not interested in creating a realistic-looking scene, however, and rather than feature shading each of the “trunks” that make up the design they are each made of a single, monochromatic color.
Despite the stylized nature of the shag rug, its design does feature a sense of depth–the trunks weave in and out of one another and one is left resting in the fork of another. It is a simple mid century modern design that gives a sense of sturdiness to the rug as a whole.
Unlike the antique rugs, this particular vintage rug has no interest in preserving its sense of symmetry. The focal point of the vintage mid century Swedish Rya shag rug is the black circle, which is placed slightly off center so as to lend a sense of balance to the entire design. The circle draws the eye to this section of the Swedish Rya shag rug , but lets it roam instead of keeping it there. The composition is compelling precisely because it has an abstract, almost unexpected quality to it. The asymmetry and beautiful simplicity of this rug make it a perfect fit for rooms with a more modern interior design leaning.