Vintage Swedish Rug 46599

This vintage mid-century Scandinavian rug features a fabulous Vasarely-style impossible object with achromatic details set over a striking jet black background.


6 ft (1.83 m)


9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)

Vintage Swedish Rug, Origin: Sweden, Circa: Mid-20th Century – Here is a dynamic and exciting vintage carpet – a Swedish rug that was woven in Scandinavia during the middle years of the twentieth century. Drawn in a mid century modern Memphis-esque style, this sophisticated mid-century vintage Swedish Art Deco rug showcases a minimal geometric design that is full of intrigue, and unique even within the diverse world of vintage rugs. Legendary impossible objects, which cannot exist physically, have intrigued scientists and artists for decades. This superb artistic representation of an impossible unfolded cube features curious overlapping flaps that create a spatial three-dimensional object using two-dimensional components. The striking combination of charcoal black, white and graphite highlights the precise form of the unfolded cube along with subtle shadows that emphasize the perspectival shapes. This daring mid-century op-art rug is a contemporary curio and a dramatic statement piece that is wonderfully modern in a sleek minimalist manner. A beautiful and exciting example, this vintage Swedish carpet is a wonderful and dynamic example of mid-century design.

Is it an optical illusion or a vintage carpet? Hard to tell when looking at this mid-century modern Swedish rug. The striking geometric lines of an impossibly folded cube create a striking 3D illustration that makes a dramatic statement.

A black palate with sharp white lines, it is the subtle graphite shadowing that creates this rug’s complexity. Drawing parallels with images of infinity, the rug is an artistic representation of the graphic models of mathematics that have intrigued and fascinated man for ages.

Both modernist and Deco, this rug is unexpected for the Scandinavian country. “You’d think it was French Deco,” says Nazmiyal’s Schwartz, who admits, “You don’t see styles like this. Period.”

The piece is especially unique for its Memphis-esque style. Although it lacks the illustrious Milan-based design group’s vibrant colors, the rug’s theme is right on par with their message. A rebellion against mega-branding and drawing on neo-romantic cues, the effect is emotional and expressive. It’s pop art from the 1900’s that resonates in the 21st century.

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