Scandinavian Rugs – the most well known rugs from Scandinavia is their Rya and Rollakan rugs, (the word “Rya” actually means Rug in Swedish). These are named after a town in southwest Sweden, and Rya Swedish rugs date back to the 16th century. These rugs were initially made from solid colors – Black, Grey, White and Yellow. And later they introduced geometric shapes and floral designs. The rugs were used mainly by nobility as bedding and a display of social standing, and Rya Swedish rugs were often displayed as tapestries and exhibited as family heirlooms.
Vintage Rya Rugs are shaggy, more colorful, and are a development unique to Scandinavia. However, their traditional construction and fine materials set them apart as do the exceptional qualities of the rya sheep and their longer haired wool.
Rollakan rugs are distinctive Scandinavian folk weaving that are flat woven tapestry rugs. The shift towards mid-century modern decors has done wonders for the prices of Scandinavian rugs and they are finally being recognized for the great work of art that they truly are. Scandinavian Rugs can be found in both flat weaves as well as piled carpets.
Scandinavian rugs are great works of art and are appreciated by many designers, collectors and consumers from all over the world. There is a surge in value as well as the massive increase demand for these rugs and it seems to be here to stay – at least for the foreseeable future. So now is the best time to shop for these breathtaking mid-century modern works of textile art.
Stop in today at Rugs & More located in the Santa Barbara Design Center to see, touch and feel some examples or these works of art.
Visit us at Rugs & More in the Santa Barbara Design Center or give us a call at (805) 962-2166