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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

Vintage Peacock High Pile Rya Rug by Ege Rya Taepper Deluxe, Denmark, 1970s
By Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper
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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Cotton

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavia...

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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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Wool

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

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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Wool

Handmade Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, 1950s, 1B600
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Handmade vintage Scandinavian Rya rug in blue shade. The rug is from the middle of 20th century, in original good condition and made out of soft wool.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Western European Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, 1950s, 1B597
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Vintage Scandinavian Rya woollen rug in different shades of blue and abstract design. The rug is soft and in original good condition.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Western European Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Vintage Swedish Rya Rug, 1950s, 1B598
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Vintage Scandinavian Rya rug in original good condition. It has been made in the middle of 20th century in yellow and brown shades.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Western European Rugs

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Wool

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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Wool

Large Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rya Rug German, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high quality weaving technique. This high quality high pile rug was designed in the 1970s and manufactured in Germany. ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rya Blue and Purple Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rya blue and purple handmade wool rug Size: 4'7" × 7'0" (139 × 213 cm) Thanks to bold rugs you can find new ways of making interiors brighter and more inviting than ever. S...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

1950s Vintage Ege Rya Rug Beige Brown Midcentury Geometric Pattern
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in lush wool pile originating from Denmark circa 1950-1960, this midcentury rug hails from the celebrated Ege Rya rug lineage of renown, a collectible piece connoting th...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Rustic Western European Rugs

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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

Vintage 1960's Swedish Modern Hand-Knotted Rya Rug 4.5 x 6.3
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage 1960's Swedish Modern hand-knotted rya rug in cream, slate blue and brown.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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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Wool

Vintage Modernist Wall Rya Rug by Helena Koskivaara for Wetterhoff, Finland 1960
By Helena Koskivaara, Wetterhoff
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge 1960s high pile Rya wall rug Origin: Finland Producer: Wetterhoff, Hämeenlinna Sweden This rug is a great example of 1960s Pop Art in...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton

Vintage 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso, Netherlands
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso Description: This rug is a great example of 1970s Pop Art interior. M...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

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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Wool

Extra Large Vintage 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: DESSO This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Large Abstract Vintage 1970s Modernist Multi-Color High Pile Rya Rug by Desso
By Desso
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original huge Rya rug Decade: 1970s Origin: Netherlands Producer: Desso This rug is a great example of 1970s pop art interior. Made in high...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Acrylic

Vintage Swedish Rya Carpet, 'Magdalena, Gul'
By Barbro Lundberg-Nilsson, Märta Måås-Fjetterström
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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Wool

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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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 mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 3 in (1.37 m x 1.9 m) Enormously popular in the present day, Swedis...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavi...

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Wool

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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Wool

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) Here is a unique and exciting vintage carpet, a vintage Swedish Rya r...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Modern 3x6 Floral Shag Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Swedish Modern 3x6 Floral Shag Rya Rug
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Carpets

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Fabric

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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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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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Shag Rug. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft 4 in (1.52 m x 1.93 m)
Located in New York, NY
Colorful and funky vintage Swedish Rya Shag rug, Country of origin: Sweden, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft 4 in (1.52 m x 1.93 m) This colorful Swedish rya shag rug ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug. Size: 6 ft x 8 ft 10 in (1.83 m x 2.69 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rya rug, origin: Sweden, circa mid-20th century. Size: 6 ft x 8 ft 10 in (1.83 m x 2.69 m) Created in Scandinavia, this vintage Rya features a bold medallion surro...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with a Modern Design in Burnt Orange, Red, Cream, Orange
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Swedish Rya Rug with a Modern Design in Burnt Orange, Red, Cream, Orange This Swedish Rya rug with modern design features a vibrant color palette of cream, brown, red, Burnt ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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) Here is a unique and intrigu...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian 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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Wool

Vintage Rya Handmade Carpet, Multicolor Wool Carpet-Colorful, Vibrant, White
Located in New York, NY
Rya rugs are the traditional Scandinavian rugs made in Sweden and Finland, and word “Rya” actually means Rug. The vintage Scandinavian Rya rugs that were made in Sweden have extremel...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Western European Rugs

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Wool

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 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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Wool

Vintage Danish Modern 1960s High Pile Red Wool Rya Rug
By Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming and very decorative graphic design carpet in wonderful shades of red and orange colors- great highlight for any Mid-Century Modern Interior! Style very close tu Rugs manufac...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Modern 3x5 Striped Orange and Gold Shag Rya Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Swedish Modern 3x5 Striped Orange and Gold Shag Rya Rug
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Vintage 1960s Swedish More Carpets

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Vintage Swedish Rya Carpet, Handmade, circa 1960, Wool Pile
Located in New York, NY
1960s Swedish Rya carpet with a colorful, plush wool pile. The pile used to make this carpet is similar to Moroccan carpets
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Vintage Shag Rya Rug/ Ege Rya Sweden
By Ege Rya
Located in Crockett, CA
Great abstract design in various shades of red and orange. Nice smaller size for accenting a part of a room. Retains original Ege Rya leather tag.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Wonderfully abstract, colorful and textural, this charming vintage Rya from Scandinavia features strong geometric patterns with vertical bands and horizontal color blocks decorated w...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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W 55 in. L 76 in.
Vintage Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Layered branches, intersecting limbs and vertically striped trunks create a detailed pattern that combines tangible and abstract elements to create one beautifully nuanced compositio...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
Created in Scandinavia, this colorful vintage Rya features a gradient mariner's compass medallion with geometric lines that are paired with a border of radiant roundels. The polychro...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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W 138 in. L 94 in.
Vintage Rya Rug
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Scandinavian Rya showcases an abstract pattern rendered in a sophisticated combination of low-chroma neutrals. Striped trunks with branching extensions placed on an upwa...
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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W 88 in. L 65 in.
Vintage RYA Rug
Located in Stamford, CT
A wonderful palette of purples and blues make this RYA rug a standout --in excellent vintage condition.
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20th Century Danish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Wool

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W 82 in. L 56 in.

Vintage Rya Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of vintage rya rugs for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique vintage rya rugs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and acrylic. Vintage rya rugs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Vintage rya rugs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Folk Art styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Many vintage rya rugs are appealing in their simplicity, but Desso, Märta Måås-Fjetterström and Barbro Lundberg-Nilsson produced popular vintage rya rugs that are worth a look.

How Much are Vintage Rya Rugs?

Prices for vintage rya rugs start at $500 and top out at $110,000 with the average selling for $3,170.

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.