Vintage Finnish flat weave ‘Harmaa Linna’ or ‘Hilkka’, designed by Greta Skogster-Lehtinen. Finland, ca: 1930's.
Scandinavian carpets (from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) have a history as intricate as their designs. Due to trade, Scandinavia had significant contact with Anatolia (Turkey) and Asia Minor during the Middle Ages. Between the 8thand 12th centuries, Byzantine rugs were hung on walls in wealthier homes to help insulate them against brutal winter cold; however, by the 14th century the influence of rugs from the Orient began to be evident. Scandinavians developed Riya, or long-hair rugs, which were then used to replace the Oriental ones. They were even used as blankets and cloaks, as well as for marriage ceremonies, with elaborate details about the wedding included in the design. From the 1500 through the 1800 centuries, the Tree of Life motif became prominent as a symbol of family trees. In the late 19th century, a new style, called Rollakan, developed. Unlike the abstract, thick-piled Riyas, they were flat weaves with elaborate tapestry patterns. Riyas were popular with modernist architects in the mid-20th century, using these rugs to provide a mood of warmth to a generally minimalist style.
We are always happy to collaborate with you on a custom carpet that meets all your specifications...and your wildest dreams! Of course, it will be woven on our very own looms with the best materials under the supervision of our experts.
Design: Swedish Flat Weave Wool Carpet
Style: Mid Century Swedish Flat Weave Carpet
Material: 100% Wool
Colors: Ivory, Lavender, Brown, Blue, Coral, Ivory, Yellow, Pink
Size: 9' X 11'5"
Rug Number: 70002435