Vintage Swedish Kilim, Origin: Sweden, Circa: Mid-20th Century – Here is a beautiful and refreshingly minimalist vintage carpet – a mid-twentieth century Swedish rug, woven at a time when some of the finest Scandinavian rugs ever conceived were designed and manufactured. Generally speaking, mid-twentieth century Scandinavian rugs and carpets are characterized by a decidedly modern aesthetic, with inclinations toward minimalism and deconstruction. This particular example beautifully communicates the mid-century tendency toward austere and minimalist design, and all that comes along with it. Compositionally, this rug is just about as honest and as straightforward as a rug can be: the entire piece consists of a series of subtly contrasting horizontal lines of brown. These run throughout the carpet, uninterrupted by any further detail work whatsoever. An exciting exercise in minimalism, this vintage Scandinavian carpet is a powerful example of the enduring appeal of this aesthetic approach, as well as its inherent versatility and overall strength of concept.