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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.
Blue and White OpArt Danish Rya Rug by Hojer Eksport Wilton
By Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage rectangular Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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1960s Danish Rya Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
This Danish rya rug is comprised of thick pile wool in a palette of dark blue, orange, and white. The design is a bold composition of geometric shapes and florals. Dimensions: 5'...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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OpArt Danish Rya Bullseye Rug
By Hojer Eksport Wilton, Verner Panton
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage square Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first to ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Danish Rya Bulls Eye Rug by Hojer Eksport Eilton
By Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage square Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first to ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Rya 'Scala' by Hojer Eksport Wilton
By Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first to walk on i...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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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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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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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 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

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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Scandinavian Modern Vibrant Orange Ornamental Rya Rug Tapestry, Denmark, 1960s
By Ege Rya
Located in National City, CA
Scandinavian Danish modern Rya rug in vibrant enthusiastic shades of yellow orange & red, Denmark 1960s Cozy warm shades on a rug, room divider or vibrant wall art tapestry. No mak...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Cool Azure Blue Geometric Pattern Ornamental Rug Tapestry Ege Rya, Denmark 1960s
By Ege Rya
Located in National City, CA
Danish modern Scandinavian style Rya rug design in Azure blue with warm complementary tones in a Diamond geometric pattern. 1960s Versatile Tapestry- Rug- Room Divider Screen- Hangi...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Cotton, Polyester

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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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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Midcentury Rug / Carpet Ege Rya style, Denmark, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- Scandinavian design.
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Midcentury Ege Rya Danish Modern Wool Rug, New Old Stock, Polar Line
By Ege Denmark
Located in Framingham, MA
Amazing mid century Danish modern Ege Rya wool area rug from the their "Polar" line. Abstract modernist geometric design motif in neutral organic tones of white, gray, taupe, butter ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Midcentury Ege Rya Danish Modern Wool Rug, New Old Stock, Heritage Line
By Ege Denmark
Located in Framingham, MA
Amazing mid century Danish modern Ege Rya wool area rug. Traditional modern Scandinavian motif in hues of red, green, yellow, white and black. Red tones are rich and lean towards cri...
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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 EGE Vaegrya of Denmark Rya Rooster Wall Hanging or Rug
By Ege Tæpper, Ege Rya
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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Original Abstract Scandinavian High Pile Abstract Rya Rug Carpet, Denmark, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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

Midcentury Geometric Rug / Carpet in Ege Rya Style, Denmark, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Ege Rya
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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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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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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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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Midcentury Design Wool Carpet in Ege Rya Style, Denmark, 1970
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- Denmark, around 1970 - Good original condition - Professionally cleansed.
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Small Midcentury Design Carpet in Ege Rya Style, Denmark, 1970
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- Denmark, around 1970 - good original condition - profesionally cleansed.
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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

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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Large Elliptical Original Scandinavian High Pile Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1970s
By Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper
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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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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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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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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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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Extra Large Original Scandinavian High Pile Beige Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1960s
By Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper
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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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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Danish Modern Abstract Green, Olive, Brown Shag Rya Rug
Located in Evanston, IL
Scandinavian Modern Danish and Swedish vintage Ege Rya rug, Danish design shag tapestry. With it's abstract lunar pattern and warm earthy colors, this hand knotted wool vintage Swedi...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Western European Rugs

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Original Scandinavian Square Pattern Rya Rug by Ege Taepper, 1960s, Denmark
By Ege Tæpper
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: High pile Rya rug Decade: 1960s Producer: EGE Taepper, Denmark Material: 100% cotton This rug is a great example of 1960s Pop Art interior....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Unusual Rya Rug, Wall Hanging from Ege Taepper of Denmark
By Ege Tæpper
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Rya rug, wall hanging from Ege Taepper of Denmark, amazing modernist design, piece has been hung all of its life. Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Vintage Danish High Pile Orange Wool Rya Rug by Gram, 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish high pile orange wool rya rug by Gram 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern wall Rya rug 100% pure wool for use as wall art. Beautiful shades of orange and brown. Origin...
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Danish High Pile Woven Wool Rya Rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A wonderful high pile woven wool Rya rug with tones of brown, taupe, green browns and cream having a banded edge, made in Denmark.
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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 Space Age Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Orange
By Verner Panton, Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish modern Rya wool area in the style of Verner Panton rug, produced by Wilton. Plush and cozy, with a fantastic in gradient shades of red, orange, and yellow. Rug is brand new ol...
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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

Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Blue
By Verner Panton, Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish modern Rya wool area rug in the style of Verner Panton, produced by Wilton. High-pile carpet is plush and soft, with a fantastic target motif in gradient shades of blue and gr...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

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  • Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Blue
  • Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Blue
  • Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Blue
  • Verner Panton Style Rya Rug, Blue
W 55.000 in. L 55.000 in.
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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New Old Stock Wool Rya Rug Tapestry "POP ART" Hojer Eksport Wilton 1970s Denmark
By Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Original 1970s high Pile Rya rug Ring Origin: Denmark Design: Inspired by Verner Panton Producer: Hojer Eksport Wilton, Denmark This rug ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Western European Rugs

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Danish EGE Taepper Scandinavian Rya Rug and Wall Hanging in Wool Shag Pile
By Ege Tæpper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage Scandinavian rya rug designed in the 1960s for EGE Rya De Luxe, a subsidiary of Denmark's most prestigious carpet manufacturer, EGE Taepper. This deep and dense midcentury ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish 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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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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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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Marguerite Rya Round Wool Rug by Verner Panton 1960s Design
By Verner Panton
Located in Milan, IT
Verner Panton (1926-1998) is regarded as of one of Denmark's most influential Mid-Century Modern furniture and interior designers. His psychedelic signature style can be seen in many...
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Pair of Scandinavian Wool Ege Rya Danish Small Carpets / Rugs, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1960s - Denmark - Very good original condition (see the pictures) - Jr.
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Modern Abstract Ege Rya Rug / Wall Hanging Signed & Dated 1977
By Marian Roth
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modern Abstract Ege Rya rug / wall hanging signed Marian Dully Rapp dated 1977, Stunning abstract design, Classic 70s palette, browns, orange's greys, tan, cream & black.
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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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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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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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Pair of Small Wool Midcentury Scandinavian Rugs / Carpets, 1970s
By Ege Rya
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Denmark - very good original condition, cleaned. jr.
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Danish Rya Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the Danish rya rug you’re looking for. Each Danish rya rug for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and cotton. Your living room may not be complete without a Danish rya rug — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A Danish rya rug made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one Danish rya rug that is appealing in its simplicity, but Ege Rya, Ege Tæpper and Hojer Eksport Wilton produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Danish Rya Rug?

The average selling price for a Danish rya rug at 1stDibs is $1,500, while they’re typically $400 on the low end and $6,755 for the highest priced.

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.