Swedish Rug, Scandinavia, Mid-20th Century – This whimsical vintage mid-century tapestry embodies the rustic, countrified style of Scandinavia. The folksy landscape scene is filled with quirky features and textural tapestry-weave accents that have a unique stylized appearance. The composition is dominated by a fantastical tulip tree featuring ornamental leaflets and neat espalier branches that are topped by golden blossoms. Detailed woven accents are used with great effect in the softly shaded background, in the rippling water and in the boldly shaded sawtooth accents, which give the wildly stylized tree trunk a dimensional appearance. Fine linear accents also define the sheep’s hind legs, expressive ears and dainty hooves. In an archetypal Scandinavian fashion, this vintage rug features mod design elements placed in a classical scene that represents nostalgic aspects of Nordic culture.