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1960s Scandinavian Rya Rug
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Long, vibrant Rya in orange, yellow, red, and brown. Wonderful texture and abstract lines artfully woven into the high pile. Expertly cleaned and in very good, vintage condition (the...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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W 72 in. L 105 in.
Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Rya Rug With Geometric Design
Located in Milan, IT
Machine woven Rya carpets were very popular in Europe in the mid-20th century, as they provided an affordable alternative to hand-knotted carpets and were often decorated, like in th...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Austrian Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern style Rya shag wool rug Produced by Thor for The Fritz and LaRue Co. Austria, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in various ...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Area Rug by Ege Rya
By Ege Rya
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wild shag rug with vibrant orange hues and 1960s abstract pattern. Unique mid-century modern style area rug adds bright color and vintage modern style to any interior. (Please confi...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Galaxy Collection Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors blues, yellow, and ivory. Measures: 8'...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Ege Rya Danish Modern Sunburst Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Ege Rya Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in gold, orange, red, and brown. Measures: 8'2" ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Ege Rya Danish Modern Lava Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Ege Rya Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in orange, red, gold, and brown. Measures: 8'2" ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Hand-Knotted Tan Wool Rug by Rya
By Ege Rya
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish modern hand-knotted tan wool rug by Rya.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Rugs

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Mid Century Carpet / Rug in Ege Rya Style, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- marked by label - rare type.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Fabric, Wool

Matched Pair Room Size Rya Rugs
By Ege Rya
Located in New York, NY
Rare opportunity to acquire a matched pair of Scandinavian shag rugs, attributed to Ege Rya. The carpets are thick shag, with two tone blue abstract decorative motif, on an off white...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Eye Popping Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Plush Shag Rug
By Ege Rya
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Sensational Scandinavian fire pattern shag rug by Ege Rya having a wonderful abstract design in a glorious blend of orange, yellow and deep burgundy.
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style with Pop of Color
By Ege Rya
Located in Dallas, TX
77042 vintage Swedish Rya shag rug with Scandinavian Modern style with pop of color. This vintage Swedish Rya shag rug with Scandinavian Modern style is rich in texture and will add ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Midcentury Rug, Carpet, Denmark, Ege Rya Style, 1960s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
Can be used as a wall tapestry.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Rya Shag Rug
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern style abstract shag rug Offered is a vintage Mid-Century Modern shag rug. Estimated 1970s. It is made from wool. It features a beautiful and vibrant abstract de...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Modernist Abstract Geometric Rya Rug
By Ege Rya
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful midcentury Rya rug, amazing geometric design, beautiful warm muted colors, pale yellow, tangerine light plum(gray) black. Nice wall hanging or throw,.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Vintage 1970s Modernist Danish Wall Rug from Cum Rya, 1973
By CUM Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Original huge 1970s wall hanging rug Rya quality made in Denmark producer: Cum Rya this wall rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high quality Danish Rya handmad...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Rya Rug Vintage 1960s Danish Rya Shag Eag Rug Mid-Century
Located in Evanston, IL
Rya Rug Vintage 1960s Danish Rya Shag Rug Retro DeLuxe Ege Rug Mid-Century Modern Yellow Wow The materials are wool pile with cotton foundation. The colors are from vegetable dyes,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Western European Rugs

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Vintage Peacock High Pile Rya Rug by Ege Rya Taepper Deluxe, Denmark, 1970s
By Ege Tæpper, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile rya rug wall rug, was always used as wall rug. Decade: 1970s Producer: EGE Taepper, Denmark Material: 100% cotton Description: ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Two Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rya Accent Rug, German, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
These two rugs are a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high quality weaving technique. These two high quality high pile rugs were designed in the 1970s and manufacture...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Danish Rya Mid-Century Shag Rug
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Danish Rya Mid-Century Shag Rug. Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian Modern
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

1950s Mid Century Scandinavian Rya Pictorial Rug
Located in London, GB
Mid century Scandinavian Rya rug which is loosely knotted but densely piled. This charming pictorial rug of flying migrating geese would work well on the wall or the bed. An excellen...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Wool Rya Rug with Dynamic Design
Located in Milan, IT
A whimsical Scandinavian carpet, characterized by a swirling centrifugal pattern of orange and brown shades typical of 1960 'Pop' design. An iconic piece that would fit perfectly a M...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Midcentury Rug / Carpet Ege Rya style, Denmark, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- Scandinavian design.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Textile, Wool

Midcentury Ege Rya Scandinavian Abstract Rug / Carpet, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Denmark - very good original condition, cleaned.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Sweden Mid-20th Century Handwoven 6'10" x 4'9" (208 x 145 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Rya Carpet, Swedish, Colorful, Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
1950s, Swedish Rya rug with a colorful, plush wool pile. Measures: 8'3" x 11'4".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Mid-Century Danish Modern Style Sunburst Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern style sunburst Rya shag wool rug Produced by Thor for The Fritz and LaRue Co. Austria, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Rya Rug by Højer Eksport Wilton
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Rya rug by Højer Eksport Wilton. Light oval form. Wool handmade. Has been dry cleaned. Measures: Oval 180 x 195 cm.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia, Sweden Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Örgryte Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia Sweden Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia, Sweden Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia, Sweden Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia Sweden Material: 100% cotton This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Ma...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Denmark, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Origin: Scandinavia, Denmark. Material: 100% cotton This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art interior. Ma...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Extra Large Original Scandinavian High Pile Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1970s
By Ege Tæpper, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: xxl High pile Rya rug Decade: 1970s Producer: EGE RYA de luxe Taepper, Denmark (see original label) Material: 100% pure new wool pile This ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Vintage Rya Carpet, Swedish, Soft Colors, Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
1960s Swedish Rya rug with a colorful, plush wool pile. Measures: 5'10" x 9'10".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Red Orange Rectangular Danish Rya Shag Area Rug, 1960s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a vibrant, Danish, rectangular Rya area rug or carpet, with a red and orange pattern, circa the 1960s. In very good condition. The dimensions are 72" (2') L...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Vintage Rya Carpet, Swedish, Soft Colors, Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
1950s Swedish Rya rug with plush wool pile. Measures: 2'11" x 9'9".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Large Elliptical Original Scandinavian High Pile Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1970s
By Ege Tæpper, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1970s Producer: EGE RYA de luxe Taepper, Denmark (see original label) Material: 100% wool This rug is a great example of 1970s Pop Art...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Midcentury Geometric Rug / Carpet in Ege Rya Style, Denmark, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Verner Panton
Located in Praha, CZ
Midcentury geometric rug / carpet in Ege Rya style, Denmark, 1960s - Handwoven / knotted - Scandinavian design.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wonderful Large Size Swedish Rya Rug, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful large sized Swedish rya rug in wonderful vintage condition. Fiery warm tones, understated neutrals and crisp jet black background details are juxtaposed in this luxurious ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Vintage EGE Vaegrya of Denmark Rya Rooster Wall Hanging or Rug
By Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Scandinavian rya rug or wall hanging designed in the 1970s for EGE Rya, a subsidiary of Denmark's most prestigious carpet manufacturer, EGE Taepper. EGE used this rya in a 1960s ad...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-20th century Swedish Shaggy Rya Green Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish Shaggy Rya green rug Size: 4'7" × 6'6" (139 × 198 cm) Shaggy and absolutely mesmerizing, this vintage Swedish rug known as “rya” is a paragon of Scandinavian...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Modern Swedish Rya Rug in Lapis Blue, Emerald Green, and Black
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Swedish Rya rug in lapis blue, emerald green, and black stripes Size: 4'5" × 8'6" (134 × 259 cm). This vintage pile weave comes from the time of the Scandinavian...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Extra Large Original Scandinavian High Pile Beige Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1960s
By Ege Tæpper, Ege Rya
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s. Producer: Ege Rya de luxe Taepper, Denmark. Material: 100% cotton. This rug is a great example of 1960s pop art inte...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage Scandinavian Rya Rug, circa Mid-20th Century
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a Scandinavian Rya rug crafted in the mid-20th century. It features a grand diamond design repeating outward and surrounded by smaller diamonds then bordered by an abstract p...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

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High-quality Mid-20th Century Swedish Rya Blue Rug
Located in New York, NY
High-quality Mid-20th Century Swedish Rya Blue Rug Size: 5'2" × 7'8" (157 × 233 cm) Next to timeless appearance, this almost antique carpet is distinguished by impeccable condition r...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Dania Taepper
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Dania Taepper Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in red, pink, and brown. Measures: 8'2" x ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Dania Taepper
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Dania Taepper Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with earth tone colors in brown, gold, and ivory. Measures: 8'...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Dania Taepper
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Dania Taepper Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in orange, brown, and yellow. Measures: 8'...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Galaxy Collection Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in yellow, red, orange, fuschia, and whit...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Danish Modern Rya Shag Wool Rug, 1970s
By Dania Taepper
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding mid-century Danish Modern Rya shag wool rug By Dania Taepper Denmark, 1970s Thick wool pile, with vibrant colors in red, orange, pink, and brown. Measures:...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Rya Rug
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Scandinavian Rya rug. Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian Modern.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

Danish Modern Wool Rya Rug, Ochre, Navy, Maroon
By Verner Panton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish modern Rya wool area rug produced by Ege. Plush and cozy, with deep ochre yellow, navy blue, maroon and cream in an abstract pattern. Rug is brand new old stock from the 1960s...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid Century Mod Rya Shag Rug Op Art Abstract Scandinavian Wool Carpet
Located in East Hampton, NY
Shag rug, Rya rug, Scandi carpet, has been in storage and is a vintage rug from a top collector. Op Art shag carpet is a great 1970s mid century rug. Rya rug, Op art rug, Mod rug. ...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Mid-20th Century Swedish Rya Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Sweden, circa 1950s Swedish Rya technique Dark gray field with bold yellow, purple, orange and green leaves.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Wedding Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Marianne Richter
Located in Dallas, TX
77402, vintage Swedish wedding Rya rug with Scandinavian Modern style. With its geometric design and Bohemian hygge vibes, this hand knotted wool vintage wedding Rya rug beautifully ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Swedish Shaggy Rya Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage Swedish shaggy "Rya" rug is a staple of Scandinavian textile craft. The rectangular rug's dark edges give way to organic bursts of interwoven ochre, burnt umber, and blu...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Textile

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W 55 in. L 32 in.
Midcentury Danish Rya Rug
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Midcentury Danish Rya rug. This tone on tone color field is an exceptional example of Scandanavian minimalism. With simplicity of colour and graphic, this example sets itself apart f...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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  • Midcentury Danish Rya Rug
  • Midcentury Danish Rya Rug
  • Midcentury Danish Rya Rug
  • Midcentury Danish Rya Rug
W 55 in. L 58 in.
Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Rya technique carpet. Sweden Mid-20th Century handwoven 7'6" x 4'9" (229 x 145 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid Century Modern Rya Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century modern rya rug you’re looking for. A mid century modern rya rug — often made from fabric, wool and cotton — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the mid century modern rya rug you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century modern rya rug, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. A well-made mid century modern rya rug has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Desso, Ege Rya and Ege Tæpper are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Rya Rug?

A mid century modern rya rug can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,081, while the lowest priced sells for $235 and the highest can go for as much as $20,000.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Rugs and Carpets for You

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it. Good vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug, Moroccan berber rug (see our guide) or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but if you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile master Märta Måås-Fjetterström and other artisans. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up every time you’re looking down.