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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 4 ft 2 in x 7 ft
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Country of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 4 ft 2 in x 7 ft (1.27 m x 2.13 m)
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavia...

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 4 ft x 6 ft (1.22 m x 1.83 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya rug, Sweden, mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft x 6 ft (1.22 m x 1.83 m)
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Abstract Expressionist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78167 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Abstract Expressionist Style 04'04 x 04'07. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with abstract expressionist style, this hand...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Abstract Expressionist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78165 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Abstract Expressionist style 03'08 x 04'11. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with abstract expressionist style, this hand...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Round Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 6 ft x 6 ft (1.83 m x 1.83 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage round Swedish Rya rug, Origin: Scandinavia, circa mid-20th century. Size: 6 ft x 6 ft (1.83 m x 1.83 m)
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78166 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Scandinavian Modern Style 02'07 x 04'09. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with Scandinavian Modern style, this hand-knott...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Modern Design in Burnt Orange, Cream and Orange
Located in Atlanta, GA
Measures: 5'4 x 7'7. This lovely Swedish Rya rug with modern design features a vibrant color palette of cream, brown, red, Burnt Orange and orange. It is a great choice for any cont...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 3 in (1.37 m x 1.9 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Swedish Rya rug, Country of Origin: Sweden, Circa date: Mid 20th century. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 3 in (1.37 m x 1.9 m)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Swedish Rya Rug
By Ege Tæpper
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage 1960s wool Rya rug in vibrant yellow, orange and brown abstract design. Expertly woven. Very clean. Ready to place. Actual dimensions: 11'9" x 7'10", 12' x 8'.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

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W 94 in. L 141 in.
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 Animal Pelt Design Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 3 ft 2 in x 4 ft 10 in
Located in New York, NY
Animal Pelt Design Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Country of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 3 ft 2 in x 4 ft 10 in (0.97 m x 1.47 m)
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78276 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Scandinavian Modern style 03'10 x 04'05. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with folk art tribal style, this hand-knotted w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78274 Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Scandinavian Modern Style 03'09 x 05'07. With its simplicity, plush pile and Scandinavian Modern style, this hand-knotted wool vintage Swedish Ryij...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Abstract Expressionist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78275 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Abstract Expressionist Style 03'02 x 05'00. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with abstract Expressionist style, this hand...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Expressionist Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with Abstract Expressionist Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78278 Vintage Swedish Rya rug with Scandinavian Modern style 04'04 x 06'10. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with folk art tribal style, this hand-knotted w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Expressionist Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug by Marta Maas-Fjetterström. Size: 5 ft x 7 ft
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya rug by Marta Maas Fjetterstrom, Origin: Sweden, circa mid-20th century. Size: 5 ft x 7 ft (1.52 m x 2.13 m) This captivating Scandinavian vintage rug features ...
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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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Swedish Rya Mini Rug
Located in New York, NY
Marvelous small plush Swedish Rya rug from the 21st century with a pictorial motif Measures: 1'2” x 2'1” Swedish Rya rugs are extremely colorful, lovely and quite chic and each...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Adirondack Western European Rugs

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W 14 in. L 25 in.
Swedish Rya Small Rug
Located in New York, NY
Marvelous small plush Swedish Rya rug from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century. Measures: 1'5” x 2'6” Swedish Rya rugs are extremely colorful, lovely and quite chic and each ha...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Hollywood Regency Western European Rugs

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Wool

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W 17 in. L 30 in.
Vintage Rya Carpet, Swedish Rug, Colorful
Located in New York, NY
1960s Swedish Rya rug with a colorful, plush wool pile. Size: 4'6" X 6'7".     
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Marvelous Swedish Rya Small Rug
Located in New York, NY
Marvelous small plush Swedish Rya rug from the mid-20th century. Measures: 2'5” x 4'1” Swedish Rya rugs are extremely colorful, lovely and quite chic and each have their own ch...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Hollywood Regency Western European Rugs

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Mid Century Scandinavian Swedish Rya Rug with Abstract Design with Multi Colors
Located in Atlanta, GA
Measures: 5'7 x 7'9. The richly opulent colors and unusual design of this Scandinavian carpet transport you to Mid-Century Modern in Europe! The unique abstract design and variety o...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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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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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Wool

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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Swedish Rya Landscape Scenery Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late 20th century Swedish one of a kind machine made wool rug Measures: 4'9'' x 7'11'' Swedish Rya rugs are extremely colorful, lovely and quite chic and each have their own...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Hollywood Regency Western European Rugs

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Scandinavian Vintage Rya Rug. Size: 6 ft 2 in x 8 ft 9 in
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa date: Early 20th Century. Size: 6 ft 2 in x 8 ft 9 in (1.88 m x 2.67 m)
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Vintage 1930s Swedish 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.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian 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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Bluish Vintage Swedish Wool Rya Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1950 - 1970 and measures 179 x 118 cm in size. This carpet has a highly unique design that incorporates aqua coral colors including gr...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Circa 1950 Vintage Brown Swedish Wool Rya Rug
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a semi-antique Swedish “Rya” rug woman circa 1950 and measures 190 x 105 cm in size. This rock has an extremely simplistic modern design consisting of three rectangles enclos...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Swedish Rya Wool Rug Vintage Signed E.F.G.3, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a Vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1950-1970 and measures 181 X 115 CM. It features a mesmerizing contemporary mid-century design that is adorned with the abstract theme...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Swedish Wool Rya Yellow & Brown Field Vintage Rug, 1920-1950
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a semi-antique Swedish “Rya” rug woven circa 1920 - 1950 and measures 228 x 170 CM in size. Its all-over field design is comprised of nine columns of repeating ellipse-shaped...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Tribal Field Design Vintage Rust Swedish Rya Wool Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish “Rya” rug woven circa 1950-1970 that measures 200 x 144cm. It has a tribal field design with a center geometric diamond medallion motif enclosed within a re...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Uniform Matrix Design Vintage Swedish Wool Rya Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1950 - 1970 and measures 172 x 116 cm in size. This rug utilizes a unique uniform matrix design set on a cream-colored background. the...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Vintage Rya Red Field Swedish Wool Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a Vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1950-1970 and measures 200 X 146 CM. It features an exciting contemporary mid-century design that fits perfectly in modern settings. I...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Olive Green Vintage Swedish Wool Rya Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish “Rya” rug woven circa 1950 - 1970 and measures 190 x 103 cm in size. This rug has an extremely unique design which gives inspiration to its color combinatio...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Western European Rugs

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Vintage Swedish Multi-Color Dark Blue Small Wool Rya Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1950-1970 and measures 130 X 82 CM. It features a mesmerizing contemporary mid-century design that is adorned with the nautical theme....
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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All-Over Field Vintage Dark-Brown & Orange Swedish Wool Rya Rug, ca. 1950
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a semi-antique Swedish “Rya” rug woven circa 1950 and measures 203 x 141CM. It has an all-over design comprised of one extra-large floral motif that encompasses the entire ca...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Other 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 Wool Rya Green Olive Field Color Vintage, 1920-1950
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Swedish "Rya" rug woven circa 1920-1950 and measures 198 X 138 CM. It features a mesmerizing contemporary mid-century design that looks simple but complex at the sa...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian 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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Op-Art Round Rya Black and White Rug Wall Hanging Carpet, 1960s, Sweden
By Ege Rya
Located in Antwerp, BE
Scandinavian Rya rug designed in the 1960s circular rug by Højer Eksport Wilton modernist round rug in wool and hand knotted. Black and white stripes with blue tufted accents. Dimens...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Abstract Scandinavian Multicolor High Pile RYA Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Abstract Scandinavian Multicolor High Pile Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Abstract Scandinavian Multicolor High Pile 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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Abstract Scandinavian Multicolor High Pile 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 Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Cotton

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Cotton

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Örgryte Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Wool

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Cotton

Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Sweden, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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Cotton

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

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Rya Rug by Mairanne Richter for Wahlbecks, Linkoping, Sweden
By FLP Sweden
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A well woven high pile Rya rug in a mult mix of reds, black and deep toned scarlet / purple called Alvastra red. Designed by Mairanne Richter (1916-2010) who worked closely with fame...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Vintage Swedish Krokus Flower Ryamatta Rug, Tibet by Ingrid Jagarz for Marks Rya
By Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper
Located in Dallas, TX
78142 vintage Swedish Krokus flower Ryamatta rug, Tibet by Ingrid Jagarz for Marks Rya 04'08 x 06'07. Showcasing an expressive Crocus-Krokus design, incredible detail and texture, th...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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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Fabric

Swedish 'LOFSTAD' Rya Rug by Marianne Richter
By Marianne Richter, AB Wahlbecks Fabbriker
Located in Atlanta, GA
A warm-tone Rya rug by Swedish designer Marianne Richter in her "Lofstad" pattern. This rug was part of the Östergyllan series produced by Wahlbecks in Linköping, Sweden during the 1...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool, Yarn

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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Yarn

Vintage Swedish Mi-Century Modern Shag Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Bright and cheerful Swedish Modern Rya rug. Light gold, cream, lavender, and plum with a geometric pattern. Hand-hooked of wool yarn, this is the perfect petite rug to place by your ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Antique European Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique European Rya rug. Measures: 6' 0'' x 8' 10''.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Western European Rugs

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Wool

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W 72 in. L 106 in.
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Swedish Rya Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Swedish rya rug you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A Swedish rya rug — often made from fabric, wool and cotton — can elevate any home. There are 223 variations of the antique or vintage Swedish rya rug you’re looking for, while we also have 6 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer Swedish rya rug, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A Swedish rya rug made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made Swedish rya rug over the years, but those crafted by Ege Rya, Marianne Richter and Märta Måås-Fjetterström are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Swedish Rya Rug?

The average selling price for a Swedish rya rug at 1stDibs is $2,428, while they’re typically $244 on the low end and $85,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Rugs and Carpets for You

Good antique, new and 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.

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.

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.