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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...

Antique Scandinavian Rya Light Blue Rug Dated 1917
Located in Milan, IT
An unusual hand-knotted Rya rug, dated 1917 and signed AA, with a sky blue open field framed by an ivory border decorated by geometric devices typical of Swedish Folk Art. Weavings s...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian ...

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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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Midcentury Scandinavian Rya Brown Rug by Helge Hamnert Hogsby
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Scandinavian Rya brown rug by Helge Hamnert Hogsby Size: 7'0" × 10'4" (213 × 314 cm). This midcentury vintage Swedish pile rug by Helge Hamnert, Hogsby features an all-o...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish 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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Shaggy Green Midcentury Scandinavian Rya Matta Rug or Wall Hanging
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage high pile Scandinavian rya rug crafted of hand knotted wool in many shades of green, dating circa 1960s. This midcentury rya is a soft and cozy accent for the floor but cou...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Scandinavian Rya Painterly Abstract Wool Rug, circa 1950
Located in Milan, IT
An unusual Finnish Rya, distinguished by the fact that it is knotted by hand instead of being machine made. The weaver employed all her skills in mixing different shades of colored w...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Pair of Vintage Scandinavian Rya Rugs. Size: 3 ft x 4 ft 7 in - each
Located in New York, NY
Pair of vintage Scandinavian Swedish Rya rugs, country of origin: Sweden, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft x 4 ft 7 in (0.91 m x 1.4 m), each. Produced in a bright, attentio...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Antique Scandinavian Rya Rug, Allover Field, Brown Green and Pink Accents
Located in New York, NY
This long pile scatter shows a terracotta field covered by a dense rose and daffodil pattern, with leaves, stems and buds filling every available space. No borders.
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Vintage 1920s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian ...

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Midcentury Scandinavian Rya Rug or Wall Hanging in Geometric Multi-Color Pattern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A midcentury Scandinavian rya rug crafted of hand knotted high pile wool in a geometric and linear pattern of earthy browns and grays with vibrant pops of color, dating circa 1960s. ...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Scandinavian Rya Rug. Size: 3 ft 6 in x 5 ft (1.07 m x 1.52 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rya rug, origin: Finland, circa mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft 6 in x 5 ft (1.07 m x 1.52 m) Here is a particularly beautiful vintage carpet, a midcentury Scandinavian rug, ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Midcentury Scandinavian Rya Shag Rug. Size: 8 ft 2 in x 11 ft 4 in
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Scandinavian vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug, country of origin: Sweden, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 8 ft 2 in x 11 ft 4 in (2.49 m x 3.45 m).
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Scandinavian Fire Pattern Shag Rug by Ege Rya, circa 1970
By Ege Rya
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A great abstract design in various shades of red and orange. Nice smaller size for accenting a part of a room. By Ege Rya in Sweden, original tag has been removed.  
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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 Danish Modern Ege Rya Wool Shag Rug 'Sunrise Lo'
By Ege Rya
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a vintage Danish modern Rya rug made of 100% wool made by Ege Rya. This piece is entitled 'Sunrise Lo' and was used as a wall hanging by its previous owner. In good vintag...
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Vintage 1960s Danish 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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Vintage Scandinavian Abstract Rya Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
Nice vintage abstract attributed to a maker in Scandinavia. Remains of a red label on back.
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Scandinavian Abstract Shag Rug, circa 1970
By Ege Rya
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Great Scandinavian abstract rug with a geometric stepped pattern in various shades of brown, yellow and grey. Nice smaller size for accenting a part of a room.
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Big Midcentury Scandinavian Ege Rya Style Carpet
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1960 - probably made in Denmark - typical vintage colors - will be profesionally cleansed
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Runner with Scandinavian Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
76938, vintage Swedish Rya runner with Scandinavian Modern style. This vintage Swedish Rya runner is simple and stunning, truly embodies Scandinavian modern style. The colors are mut...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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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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Midcentury Scandinavian Modern Rya Wool Rug Wall Hanging
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is beautiful Scandinavian cityscape modern wool wall hanging or rug. In excellent condition. 44" x 76" Local pick up available at our Los Angeles showroom
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Design Modernist Scandinavian Big Rug, 1970, Ege Rya Style
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiiful design rug with brigt and nice colours in a very good condition in style of Ege Rye.
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Vintage 1970s European Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian 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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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style, Ingrid Hellman-Knafve
By Ingrid Hellman-Knafve
Located in Dallas, TX
77044, vintage Swedish Rya rug with Scandinavian modern style, Ingrid Hellman-Knafve. This vintage Swedish Rya rug runner is simple and stunning, truly embodies Scandinavian Modern s...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style, Ingrid Hellman-Knafve
By Ingrid Hellman-Knafve
Located in Dallas, TX
77045, vintage Swedish Rya rug with Scandinavian Modern style, Ingrid Hellman-Knafve. This vintage Swedish Rya rug runner is simple and stunning, truly embodies Scandinavian Modern s...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Rug, Danish Design Shag Tapestry
Located in Dallas, TX
77046 Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Rug, Danish Design Shag Tapestry. With it's abstract lunar pattern and warm earthy colors, this hand-knotted wool vintage Swedish Eg...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Modern-Style Blue & Green Geometric Design Wool Rya Rug, 1960s
By Sears, Roebuck & Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
A 1960s Scandinavian Modern-style “Rya Sapphire” pattern 100% wool rug made in Austria exclusively for the “Connoisseur Rug Collection” by Sears. Features a rich and vibrant jewel a...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Modern Swedish Vintage Ege Rya Shag Rug, Danish Design Tapestry
Located in Dallas, TX
77255 Scandinavian Modern style Vintage Ege Rya rug, Danish design Shag Tapestry. With its bold lunar pattern and warm colors, this hand knotted wool vintage Swedish Ege Rya rug is r...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Midcentury Swedish Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This vintage Swedish Rya rug is bold and truly embodies Scandinavian Modern style. The colors are saturated and rich in this Scandinavian Rya rug and is versatile to blend with many ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Modern Rya Pile Rug by Barbro Nilsson, Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB 1, Barbro Lundberg-Nilsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern "Tigerfällen" rug by artist Barbro Nilsson was designed 1943 for MMF atelier in Båstad. In the supreme court of Stockholm there is a copy of the same rug. This pa...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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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 Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style and Danish Design
Located in Dallas, TX
77043, vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug with Scandinavian modern style and Danish design. This vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug with Scandinavian modern style is rich in texture and will add...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

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Small Vintage Scandinavian Shag Rya Rug. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 5 in
Located in New York, NY
Small vintage Swedish Scandinavian Shag Rya rug, country of origin: Scandinavia, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 5 in (1.37 m x 1.96 m) Scandinavians have a le...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Rya Scandinavian Rug. Size: 5 ft 9 in x 8 ft 7 in (1.75 m x 2.62 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Rya rug, origin: Scandinavia, mid-20th century, size: 5 ft. 9 in x 8 ft. 7 in (1.75 m x 2.62 m) Here is a comely and exemplary vintage carpet, a mid-20th cent...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandinavian Vintage Rya Rug. Size: 6 ft 2 in x 8 ft 9 in (1.88 m x 2.67 m)
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Origin: Scandinavia, circa: Early 20th Century – Size: 6 ft 2 in x 8 ft 9 in (1.88 m x 2.67 m) An elegant vintage Scandinavian rug that featu...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Scandinavian Pile Rya Rug. Size: 5 ft 3 in x 8 ft (1.6 m x 2.44 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya rug, Origin: Sweden, circa: Early 20th century—Size: 5 ft 3 in x 8 ft (1.6 m x 2.44 m) This brilliant vintage Art Deco Scandinavian Swedish Rya rug, one of the...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Solrosen Swedish Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Solrosen Swedish Rya rug Size: 4'8" × 8'0" (142 × 243 cm) The Swedish shag rug proudly bears the famous sunflower design known as “Solrosen”, with the bold flower-head located in t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sc...

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W 56 in. L 96 in.
Swedish Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
The richly opulent colors and unusual design of this Scandinavian carpet transport you to Mid-Century Europe. The unique abstract design and variety of vivid colors are cheerful and ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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  • Swedish Rya Rug
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W 58 in. L 86 in.
Solrosen Swedish Design Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Solrosen Swedish design Rya rug Size: 5'8" × 7'7" (172 × 231 cm) The pattern is complemented by a warm and invigorating color palette of rose, hibiscus, burgundy and orange, paired...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sca...

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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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W 55 in. L 58 in.
Midcentury Colorful Swedish "Rya" Rug, 1960s
Located in Malmo, SE
A midcentury Swedish rug with a variety of colors and patterns. Very decorative and can add color to any home. The carpet is from unknown designer. Very good vintage condition withou...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Midcentury Large Swedish Rya Rug, 1960s
Located in Malmo, SE
A large decorative midcentury "rya" carpet with vibrant colors. The carpet is most likely Swedish from the 1960s. Very good vintage condition with no stains.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Rya Carpet, Swedish Designer, 1960s-1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rya carpet, Swedish designer, 1960s-1970s. Measures 192 x 135 cm. In very good condition, normal wear.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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

Vintage Swedish Rya Carpet, 'Magdalena, Gul'
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Lundberg-Nilsson
Located in New York, NY
Rya carpet, Sweden, circa 1967. 'Magdalena, gul' design. Initiated: AB MMF, BN (Ma¨rta Ma^a^s Fjetterstro¨m, Barbro Nilsson) This 'Magdalena, Gul' or yellow 'Magdalena' carpet de...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Midcentury Swedish Rya Blue Rug
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury 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 resulting from exc...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Handmade Vintage Scandinavian Rya Rug, 1950s, 1B595
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Vintage Scandinavian Rye rug with dears and floral design. Has been made out of wool in the middle of 20th century, it is in original good condition.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Western European Rugs

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Small Swedish Midcentury Carpet, Rug, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
Small design Scandinavian rug.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Swedish Handwoven Rya Carpet, 1950
Located in New York, NY
Swedish handwoven Rya carpet Sweden, circa 1950.  
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-20th Century Swedish Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Sweden, mid-20th century Handwoven 4'9" x 3'2" (145 x 97 cm).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Large 115" Swedish Knotted Rya Carpet, 1950s
Located in Houston, TX
Large Swedish knotted carpet with rya technique, Sweden, circa 1950s. Signed {EN}. Handwoven wool in blue and green hues. Measures: 294 x 181 cm. 115.8 x 71.26 in.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Sweden ca. 1960 Handwoven 6'5" x 4'7" (196 x 140 cm)
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Handmade Sunflower Rya Shag Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Put some sunshine on the floor! You can't help but smile when you see this bright and cheerful rug, yet the colors are just subdued enough not to jump out at you. Hand-hooked of wool...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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21st Century Shaggy Rainbow Rya Rug I
Located in New York, NY
21st century Shaggy rainbow Rya rug I Size: 4'8" × 6'10" (142 × 208 cm). This lovely modern carpet pattern is modeled on iconic Ryas, Scandinavian shaggy carpets, that have served ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Sca...

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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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Midcentury Swedish Shaggy Rya Green Rug
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury 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 cra...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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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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Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Rya technique. Sweden Mid-20th Century Handwoven 6'10" x 4'6" (208 x 137 cm)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Mid-Century Swedish Orange Rya Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage Swedish Rya rug comes with symmetric pattern of interconnected ovals rendered in a tone-on-tone orange yellow and brown palette that ranges.  
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Scandanavian Rya For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic scandanavian rya available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wool and cotton, every scandanavian rya was constructed with great care. There are 120 variations of the antique or vintage scandanavian rya you’re looking for, while we also have 6 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect scandanavian rya —, we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A scandanavian rya made by Scandinavian Modern designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. A well-made scandanavian rya has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper and Marianne Richter are consistently popular.

How Much are Scandanavian Rya?

A scandanavian rya can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,610, while the lowest priced sells for $245 and the highest can go for as much as $85,000.

Finding the Right Rugs 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.