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Vintage Scandinavian Rug Collection for Purchase

Stemming from ancient weaving techniques adopted from several Asian countries, many vintage Scandinavian rugs incorporate a type of Swedish traditional weaving called Rollakans, which were once used as flat woven tapestries or coverlets. The Rollakans included in our vintage Swedish rug collection online feature beautiful, all-over patterns that are considered the epitome of Swedish rug composition and continue to be highly sought after in the modern rug market.

History of Swedish Rugs

The Middle Ages saw Swedish rugs bearing Oriental ornamentation and styles as a result of active trade routes. By the 19th century, Swedish rug makers had developed an intense interest in imaginative motifs and geometric patterns largely inspired by regional myths and folklore.

The most significant change in Swedish rug making features was the introduction of Rollakans. These flat-woven rugs spotlighted a gorgeous palette of colors ranging from warm shades of beige, yellow and plum to vivid hues of orange, Falu red and contrasting whites. Falu red is a strictly Swedish red originating from copper mines at Falun (Dalarna, Sweden). Reserved mainly for the upper class, Falun red required a precise blend of water, linseed oil, rye flour and copper mine tailings that contained copper compounds, zinc and iron oxides.

By the early 20th century, exquisitely woven Swedish rugs like ones displayed in our vintage Swedish rugs online collection were revered as international art pieces funded partly by the Swedish government. Skilled Swedish rug and carpet weavers established trendsetting styles with vividly colorful, culturally rich rugs that enthusiasts deemed to be the epitome of mid-20th century modern designs.

Displaying their seamless incorporation of minimalist motifs and au courant colors, vintage Swedish rugs have a natural ability to enhance any eclectic or contemporary décor with the elegance of symmetrical aesthetics combined with the stark beauty of culturally definitive compositions.

Scandinavian Kilims

Scandinavian kilims are flat-woven rugs used decoratively or as prayer rugs. Incorporating warp strands and tightly interweaved wefts, Scandinavian kilims use colorfully designed wool for weft strands, making them highly desired by collectors and interior designers. In addition to abundant symbolism, various pattern placements, floral designs and rich shades of yellow, white and gray. Scandinavian kilims and Swedish rugs have the unique ability to harmonize effortlessly with many different interior design styles, from contemporary and classical to “shabby” chic or eclectic.

A leading figure in modern Scandinavian rug-making and Swedish textile art is Märta Måås-Fjetterström, whose rugs you will find at Esmaili Rugs and Antiques. Unbelievably skilled in imagining composition, form and line, Måås-Fjetterström’s creations are full of natural visions transformed into decorative works of art considered esteemed ornamental treasures by rug historians and enthusiasts.

If you would like to learn more about how you can purchase Swedish rugs online at Esmaili Rugs and Antiques, contact us online today or call us at 214-651-7847.