Vintage Swedish Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: Turn of the 20th Century – Here is a charming vintage rug – a Scandinavian piece, woven in Sweden during the middle years of the twentieth century, when some of the very finest vintage rugs were produced. This particular piece is characterized by a very straightforward design, consisting primarily of a simple four-sided border which surrounds a predominantly bare field. We do find a central medallion, however, if a specific, deconstructed interpretation of a central medallion. Indeed, it is this intentionally two dimensional outline of a medallion from which a great deal of this piece’s energy emanates – for the design of the medallion is so noticeably differentiated from what one might reasonably expect in such a piece, that it gives totally different context to the rest of the piece. The border, for instance, seems intentionally sparse, as does the open field. This ingenious reframing of the traditional rug composition is very much in line with mid-centiurg aesthetic values, which sought to challenge the status quo and to stimulate. This piece is certainly successful in those arenas.