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Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with vintage Scandinavian modern furniture was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

ORIGINS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN 

CHARACTERISTICS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries
  • Use of natural materials — native woods such as pine, ash and beech
  • Open, airy spaces
  • Promotion of functionality
  • Emphasis on craftsmanship; rooted in cabinetry profession and traditional construction techniques
  • Minimal ornamentation (little to no embellishment)
  • A neutral or light color palette owing to prominence of light woods

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of Scandinavian design appear in the furnishings and decor created by Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Greta Magnusson-Grossman and Bruno Mathsson — creators of the classic Grasshopper lighting series and Berlin daybed, respectively — but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the 1920s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced pieces in the Scandinavian style based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair, created in collaboration with his first wife, Aino. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

Today, decades after their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight, and interior designers all over the world use their pieces to bring warmth to any given space.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern chairs, sofas, rugs and tables — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. 

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Vintage Danish Ege Art Rug Based on Arne L Hansen Painting. Size: 8' 2" x 11'
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Vintage Swedish Ege Art Rug Based On Arne L Hansen Painting, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Scandinavian Rug, Circa Date: 1950’s – Size: 8 ft 2 in x 11 ft (2.49 m x 3.35 m).
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

"Lines" , 100pct wool hand-knotted carpet, grey theme, colourful lines running
Located in Dubai, Dubai
soft and supple 100pct New Zeeland wool, grey theme, colourful lines that attracts the eye. slightly embossed to accent the colorful lines
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rug stripe Wool Carpet Hand Knotted limited yellow black White Modern Geometric
Located in Dubai, Dubai
This limited-edition hand-knotted carpet is titled WINGS. It is meant to up-lift the mood with its bright yellow and black and white stripes. The design was inspired though Cecilia p...
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Wool Rug by Rya
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Wool Scandinavian rug for Rya circa 1960's. Abstract graphic design in a warm coral, red and maroon colour scheme. Lovely as a wall hanging or a floor rug! Very nice vintage conditio...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Red Zig Zag Wool Rug
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Wool Scandinavian rug, circa 1960's. Bold red and orange centre with contrasting zig zag border. Nice vintage condition, signs of wear on the edges.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Red Wool Rug
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Wool Scandinavian rug, circa 1960's. Bright, striking rug can be used as a wall covering or floor carpet. Carpet depicts an rhythmic abstract wheel design in a red and maroon colour ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Scandinavian Blue Floral Wool Rug
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Wool Scandinavian rug, circa 1960's. Stunning geometric flora design in a cool aqua and teal colour scheme with black accents. Decent vintage condition, signs of wear on the edges an...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Swedish Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Vintage signed Swedish Kilim from the middle of the 20th Century Measures: 4'4'' x 6'7".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

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Abstract Swedish Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Abstract Swedish Kilim from the middle of the 20th Century Measures: 5'2'' x 7'10".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Swedish Mid-Century Rug by Aina Kånge
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Mid-Century rug by Aina Kånge with a red and brown base and blue, yellow and sand accent colors. As usual in Aina Kånge designs the pattern is classic and timeless. Her init...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Swedish Vintage Flat-Weave Rölakan Kelim Carpet Rubin by Strehög
Located in Stockholm, SE
A flat-weave Rölakan carpet named "Rubin" by Swedish company Strehög founded in 1897 and attributed to Evy Svensson, one of the great designers in the golden age of Scandinavian desi...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Linen

Swedish Flat-Weave Rölakan Kelim Rug by Ingegerd Silow
Located in Stockholm, SE
A flat-weave rölakan rug / carpet designed by Ingegerd Silow, Sweden. Hand woven with a geometric pattern where the colors are different shades of burnt orange, mustard yellow, and s...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Linen

Marta Maas-Fjetterström Framed Wall Tapestry
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A beautiful woven textile in tapestry technique by Marta Maas-Fjetterström. Framed in oak and double glass (sandwich) so that the wall colour shows next to the tapestry. Signed AB...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Impi Sotavalta Finnish Hand-Woven Lavender and Marigold Geometric Ray Rug, 1920s
By Kiikan Kotomo, Impi Soltavata
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impi Sotavalta (1885-1943) Finnish hand-woven wool lavender and marigold geometric ray rug, c. 1928, Finland. Gorgeous thick pile. Rare, divine color combination.
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1920s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Midsummer Blooom Rug by Mimmi Blomqvist, Hand Knotted, Wool/Silk Blend Yarn
Located in London, GB
"I love color and life, and everything that comes with it. Some time ago, I found an old flower press and decided to renew the ancient technique of pressing plants. I live on an arch...
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Vintage Swedish Green Kilim Rug by Fredrik Fiedler
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Vintage Swedish Green Kilim rug by Fredrik Fiedler. In a good vintage condition with some wear and tear to the fringes and surface (please see photos). Country: Sweden ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rug by Aina Kånge
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning vintage Swedish rug by Aina Kånge. Geometric design in the greek revival spirit like many of Aina Kånges rugs. Grey, yellow, green and charcoal colors. No signs of wear and ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

1950s Vintage Swedish Kilim by Alice Wallebäck
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Swedish Kilim by Alice Wallebäck in white, green and pink colors. Geometric flower motif with a green border along the edges. Designer initial AW in right corner. Very good v...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rug by Barbro Nilsson for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A beautiful handwoven rug by Barbro Nilsson for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Designed 1946 ‘Blåbär, Mörk’ (‘Dark Blueberry’). The rug have extraordinary beautiful colours. Sig...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

1940's Vintage Swedish Rug by Aina Kånge
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare 1940's Swedish rug by Aina Kånge. Beautiful blue, green and brown colored pattern in a greek revival style against a sand colored bottom. In a very good vintage condition with r...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Rug by Barbro Nilsson for Marta Maas 3 ft 6 in x 4 ft 10 in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Vintage Scandinavian Rug by Barbro Nilsson for Marta Maas, Country Of  Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid-20th Century - Size: 3 ft 6 in x 4 ft 10 in (1.07 m x 1.47 m).
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Danish Rya Bulls Eye Rug by Hojer Eksport Eilton
Located in Hanover, 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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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rya Rug Swedish with Abstract Design
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a beautiful, hand-knotted rya rug with an abstract design in olive green. This piece is woven around 1920-1950 with turkish knots, which create a thick and durable pile. Rya ...
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Wall Tapestry Designed by Bjørn Wiinblad, 1970s
Located in Lejre, DK
Tapestry made in wool. Designed by Bjørn Wiinblad and hand woven in Portugal. Great original condition.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Johanna Ångström, Swedish Flat Weave Röllakan Carpet, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Swedish flat weave Röllakan carpet from the 1950s by Johanna Ångström. Marked Å (for Johanna Ångström) in the bottom right corner. Main colors are green and beige with a variety of p...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Linen, Cotton

Mid-20th Century Handmade Swedish Rya Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Swedish Rya throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 3' 8" x 5' 6".
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Swedish Flat Weave Röllakan Carpet, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Swedish flat weave Röllakan carpet/rug from the 1960s by unknown designer. Main colours are brown/beige in a few different tones. The pattern consists of a light brown frame and rect...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Linen, Cotton

Swedish Flat Weave Röllakan Carpet, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Swedish flat weave Röllakan carpet from the 1950s by unknown designer. Main colour is brown in a few different tones with a variety of patterns and shapes in beige, blue, pink on a b...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Cotton, Linen

Mid-Century Ege Rya Danish Modern Wool Rug, New Old Stock, Heritage Line
By Ege Denmark
Located in Decatur, GA
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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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rya Carpets Set of Two from Hojer Eksport Wilton, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage midcentury small carpets designed by Ege Rya, Denmark. It is made from a wool pile with fantastic colors in orange, green, blue and cream. Modernist design in a high-quality ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Handmade Swedish Flatweave Kilim Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Swedish flatweave Kilim throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 3' 9" x 5' 7".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

OpArt Danish Rya Bullseye Rug
Located in Hanover, 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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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Large 1960's Scandinavian Handmade Wool Rya Rug
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A large and outstanding handmade wool Rya rug from the 60’s with a very pleasing patern and colour pallete of forrest greens and aqua blues. Very unusual to find such a fine quality ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Swedish Midcentury Carpet by Ingegerd Silow
Located in Berlin, DE
Ingegerd Silow (1916-2005) was one of the most prolific and influential Swedish carpet designers of the midcentury. During her long career she designed an extraordinary number of car...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Pretty Mid Century Scandinavian Modern Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful vintage Scandinavian rug with beautiful geometrical design and nice colors, (I can’t attribute it to a designer because the label is absent) entirely hand knotted with...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Pretty Vintage Scandinavian 70’s Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful mid century Scandinavian modern rug with a nice design and beautiful light colors, hand turfed with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rare Ingegerd Silow, Flat Weave Röllakan Carpet, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Flat weave Röllakan carpet designed by Ingered Silow in the 1950s. Very rare motif with butterflies in the corners. Main colours are different hues of blue with a dose of purple, pin...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Rya Minimalist Design Swedish Bright Yellow Field Rug, 1950-1970
Located in Ferrara, IT
This is a vintage Rya carpet woven in Sweden during the mid-20th century circa 1950 - 1970s and measures 204 x 145CM in size. This carpet has a simplistic design comprised of no moti...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Finnish Wool Rya Rug 1960's
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Finnish wool Rya rug or wall hanging. Graphic design. Very good condition.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Handmade European Flat-Weave Kilim Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage European flat-weave Kilim throw rug handmade in Poland during the mid-20th century. Measures: 3' 5" x 5' 11" Flat-weave rugs & carpets: Knotted pile rugs are just on...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian flatweave carpet from the middle of the 20th century. Measures: 5'5'' x 8'4''.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Large Swedish Rölakan Flat-Weave Carpet by Ingegerd Silow, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large flat-weave rölakan carpet designed by Ingegerd Silow, Sweden. Handwoven with a geometric pattern where the colors are different shades of brown, yellow, pink, green, blue and...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Linen

Nice Vintage Scandinavian 1970’s Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Pretty Scandinavian 70’s rug with nice abstract design and beautiful colors, mechanical manufacturing with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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1670s Scandinavian Antique Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Swedish Kilim
Located in New York, NY
Swedish flatweave carpet from the middle of the 20th century. Measures: 5'4'' x 8'.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

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Swedish Kilim Signed by GK
Located in New York, NY
Swedish flatweave Röllakan carpet signed GK by an unknown designer from the 1950s. Measures: 6'8'' x 9'8".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Rya Dania Taepper Abstract Bullseye in Blues Square
Located in Hanover, MA
Deep dense 100% wool shag pile square rya rug produced in Denmark circa 1965 by Dania Taepper in an abstract collage of contrasting blues. Measures: 98" x 98" This vintage rug has...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European 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)
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Nice Vintage Swedish Tapestry Design Runner
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very unusual and beautiful runner from Scandinavia, mid-20th century, with a design of a 18th century tapestries or carpets, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundati...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Double Sided Swedish Rug. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 7 ft 3 in (1.37 m x 2.21 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage double sided Swedish rug 49018, country of origin / rug type: Scandinavia rugs, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 6 in x 7 ft 3 in (1.37 m x 2.21 m).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Wonderful Extra Large Santa Claus Design French Algerian Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful long European style Algerian rug with nice colors and patterns very decorative with a curious design showing Santa Claus on each detail design, and beautiful colors with pu...
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Early 20th Century Algerian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Textile. Size: 4 ft 2 in x 5 ft 8 in (1.27 m x 1.73 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Textile, Scandinavia, Circa: Mid-Twentieth Century – Size: 4 ft 2 in x 5 ft 8 in (1.27 m x 1.73 m)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Pretty Vintage Polish Woven Tapestry by E. Oloksy
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Wonderful mid century polish tapestry with a native design of town and beautiful light colors, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation Name of the design: zimowy pejzaz (...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

European Modern Vintage Rug, 1970s
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful vintage 1970s rug with a beautiful modern design and nice colors with brown and green, mechanical fabric probably Scandinavian, wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Rug. Size: 3 ft x 5 ft 5 in (0.91 m x 1.65 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Rug, Origin: Scandinavia, Circa: Mid-20th Century. Size: 3 ft x 5 ft 5 in (0.91 m x 1.65 m).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Evy Svensson Midcentury Swedish Flatweave Rug-Carpet, Hand Woven Wool, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Mid-century Swedish rug-carpet, hand woven wool, flatweave ‘röllakan’ by Evy Svensson. Geometric pattern in white, (light)blue and brown, 200 x 142 cm. Signed “ES”. Designed 1950s....
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Beautiful Vintage Scandinavian Tapestry
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice little Scandinavian vintage tapestry with beautiful design and nice colors, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Nice Swedish Flat Runner Kilim
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful 20th century flat-woven Scandinavian rug with beautiful geometrical design and beautiful colors with red, blue, orange, grey and black, entirely handwoven with wool on cott...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Scandinavian Swedish Rug by Ingrid Hellman-Knafve. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Swedish rug by Ingrid Hellman-Knafve, country of origin / Rug type: Scandinavian rugs, date circa mid-20th century. Size: 5 ft x 6 ft (1.52 m x 1.83 m)
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

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