Friday, 21 September 2012

Vintage Scandinavian Rugs And The Intimacy Of Modern Design


New York, September 22, 2012 – When one thinks of regions of the world with a long history of hand-woven rugs, Scandinavia may not be the first place that comes to mind.
But Scandinavian rugs not only have a centuries-old history, and some fascinating links to Oriental rugs, they also currently are much sought after by interior designers.
The renewed interest focuses particularly on vintage rugs woven in the 1920s through 1970s. That was a time when Scandinavian weavers attracted international recognition both for their pile rugs (called Rya) and flat-woven rugs (called Rollakan).
The Scandinavians did so by experimenting with abstract designs while continuing to weave with traditional methods – producing rugs that simultaneously offer the appeal of both the old and the new.
Above is a photo of a carpet designed by renowned Swedish weaver Marta Maas Fjatterstorm. Below is another by the same designer. Both are available from Nazmiyal Collection in New York.
We asked Jason Nazmiyal, whose New York-based Nazmiyal Collection specializes in antique rugs, why vintage Scandinavians are suddenly back in demand.
Interior decorators, he says, see the rugs as the perfect compliment to the wave of nostalgia that is now sweeping the design world for the styles of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
Those decades, whose style is increasingly referred to as "mid-century" modern, was characterized by maximum experimentation with Minimalism.
The result was bold and striking furnishings and decors, but not necessarily cozy and comfortable living environments.
The vintage Scandinavian rugs woven during those times offered a solution to the contradiction. They were modern in design but rich in texture and color.
"They draw a room together," Nazmiyal says. "They can transfer a sparse and minimal space to cozy and luxurious without changing the overall style."
He notes that one of the reasons the rugs have that power is that their creators were schooled in industrial design but, at the same time, were rebelling against too much industrialization. So, they created their own unique style that combined Modern and Art Deco with the warmer, more human influences of their own folk art and regional history. 
The results can range from whimsical to dramatic, with no two rugs the same. And because all the rugs were woven not so long ago, the names of the weavers who created the best pieces are all known. That gives the rugs a still greater sense of personality.
Here is a Swedish Rollakan, available from NazmiyalCollection in New York.
Nazmiyal, who has personally traveled to Sweden to learn more about the rugs and acquire top pieces, can reel off some of the key names behind them.
Among the most famous are Elsa Gullberg, born in 1886 and one of the earliest Swedish textile designers connected to the modern design movement; Ethal Halvar Andersson, now a nonagenarian; Marta Maas Fjatterstrom, who got her start at a regional Arts and Crafts Fair and later attracted the patronage of Ludvig Noble, the brother of the founder of the Noble Prize; and that is just to name a few.
Many of the women went on to train others as apprentices and to found workshops, some of which continue today.
Below is a Finnish Rya with abstract circles and lines. It is available from Nazmiyal Collection in New York.
But if the renewed interest of interior decorators in the rugs of the 1920s to 1970s suggests that this period is all there is to know about Scandinavian rugs, that would be a mistake.
Behind the vintage rugs is a whole history of rug-making that goes back hundreds of and contains plenty of surprises.
No-one knows exactly when pile weaving began in Scandinavia but the earliest known examples were not rugs but sleeping blankets. They were woven to take the place of sleeping furs, which had been used since time immemorial but have the disadvantage of being hard to wash.
Interestingly, the earliest regional pile weavings date to around the same time Scandinavians would have become acquainted with rugs in the Orient. That was in the Middle Ages, when Vikings were routinely sailing down the Volga to Byzantium on trading expeditions.
One of the earliest surviving oriental rugs in Europe, in fact, was found in Sweden in 1925. It is the Marby rug, named after the abandoned provincial church where it was found cut into two pieces and long forgotten.
The Marby rug, shown here, is one of the so-called animal carpets from Anatolia which are depicted in Italian paintings of the 14th century. The animal carpets reached their peak of production and export to Europe in the early 15th century and then disappeared toward the end of the 15th century.
Nazmiyal believes that Scandinavians may have taken their inspiration for pile sleeping blankets from Anatolian "Yataks," which share the same characteristics and function. If so, it would be another unexpected link between East and West that underlines again how much is shred within the world's textile culture.
What is certain is that over time Scandinavians' use of shaggy rugs went from sleeping on the pile and decorating the back of the textile to flipping them over and using them as bedspreads with a decorative pile. Eventually, the bedspreads moved to the floor and became rugs.
Tracing all the design changes in Scandinavian pile and flat weaves is impossible to do here. But, in broad terms, things moved from originally simply working the owner's initials into striped geometric designs, to patterns with crosses to, around 1690, Baroque floral patterns.
Over the centuries, the use of highly decorative pile bedding rose to the heights of becoming a status symbol for the nobility in Sweden before losing that esteem in the 17th century and becoming popular as folk bedding instead.
By the time the Scandinavian rugs reached our ea, they had absorbed so many design influences, including from formal Western art, folk art, and imported oriental rugs, that they developed – and continue to develop – a rich vocabulary of their own.
It is that rich design vocabulary, their use of a broad color palette, and their ability to compliment a wide range of styles that brings vintage Scandinavian rugs back into our homes today.
#
#

21 comments:

Anabel@Rug Buying Guide said...

How beautiful are those rugs. They are highly collectible today for their intricate craftsmanship, unique beauty, and investment value. An antique rug is both an asset and a work of art.

Polystick said...

I am totally agree with your information i love it.
Thank you for post.

RugloverMary said...

I love how these rugs went from a practical use as bedding to blankets to floor rugs.

katherin linda said...

When you are beset with carpet cleaning problem in Annandale, you do not have to worry because we at annandale carpet cleaning services is the leading firm that provides  you all sorts of cleaning services from carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, stain and odor removal,  air duct cleaning,  and cleaning curtains and drapes.

tomas adison said...

This rugs is awesome. Thanks a lot for nice and cool post.
click here

Carpet Binding said...

wow beautiful rugs. i love them very much its look very traditional. thanks to share

William Smith said...

One of the best designed I have ever seen and very nice collection and is very useful information where different variety of carpets and Rugs are available.

William Smith said...

One of the best designed I have ever seen and very nice collection and is very useful information where different variety of underlay4uand Rugs are available.

Zachary Rizzuto said...

This text may be value everyone’s attention. How will I learn more?http://brizzycarpetcleaning.com

LeadTheLeader said...

Nice setup you got here! you should check this out! aussen matten

Ian@lccfr.com said...

I love these rugs for there durability and there stylish look that holds up for years. Cleaning these rugs is a very good alternative to purchasing a new replacement. Check out our website http://www.lccfr.com for tips.

praty said...

these are really awesome persian designs. we always have persian rugs in our living and dining rooms. i just love the craftmanship. great blog post by the way.

Nay Denature said...

Hemorrhoids are associated with constipation and straining at bowel movements Pregnancy is also associated with hemorrhoids These conditions lead to increased pressure within the hemorrhoidal veins that causes them to swell Other conditions for example chronic liver disease may also cause increased venous pressure and may be associated with hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids are very common and are estimated to occur in up to one-half of the population by age 50

lionelmessi10 said...

nanah keluar dari kemaluan cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan obat cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan obat untuk cairan nanah yang keluar dari kemaluan obat ujung kemaluan keluar cairan nanah obat ujung kemaluan keluar cairan nanah cara mengobati ujung kemaluan keluar nanah ujung kemaluan keluar nanah di sertai perih saat kencing penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah cara mengobati penis keluar nanah kelamin pria keluar nanah obat kelamin pria keluar nanah obat kelamin pria keluar cairan nanah mengapa alat kelamin keluar nanah kemaluan laki laki keluar nanah kemaluan keluar nanah kemaluan keluar cairan nanah mengapa kemaluan keluar nanahcairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan kencing perih dan keluar cairan nanah cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan pria mengapa cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan kemaluan pria keluar nanah

Hua Cai said...

nobis outlet, http://www.wellensteyn.com.co/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
kobe 9, http://www.kobe9elite.us.com/
louis vuitton, http://www.borselouisvuittonoutlet.it/
louis vuitton handbags, http://www.louisvuittonhandbag.us/
ralph lauren, http://www.poloralphlaurenoutlet.it/
michael kors factory outlet, http://www.michaelkorsfactoryoutlet.us.org/
karen millen dresses, http://www.karenmillendressesoutlets.co.uk/
michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorshandbagsoutletstore.us.com/
juicy couture outlet, http://www.juicycoutureoutlet.net/
nike outlet store, http://www.nikeoutletstore.us/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutlets.uk/
michael kors wallet, http://www.michaelkorswallet.net/
winter coats, http://www.cybermondaydeals.in.net/
nike air max shoes, http://www.nikeairmaxshoess.co.uk/
ray ban sunglasses, http://www.raybansunglass.com.au/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletonlinestores.us.com/
herve leger, http://www.herveleger.us.com/
coach outlet online, http://www.coachoutletonline-store.us.com/
oakley outlet, http://www.oakleyoutlet.in.net/
chanel handbags, http://www.chanelhandbags-outlet.us.com/
north face jackets, http://www.thenorthfaces.in.net/
ugg outlet, http://www.uggoutletstore.eu.com/
pandora jewelry, http://www.pandora.eu.com/
louis vuitton bags, http://www.louisvuittonbag.us.com/
20151014caihuali

Fangyaya said...

air jordans
michael kors outlet
gucci outlet
fake watches
kate spade outlet
nike air max
insanity workout
jordan 11s
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren polo
mont blanc pens
nike roshe run
nike free run 2
michael kors purses
louis vuitton outlet
oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
rolex watches
toms shoes
polo ralph lauren outlet
timberland shoes
nike air max
air max 90
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet stores
michael kors handbags
ray ban outlet
asics shoes
jordan 3 infrared
cheap oakley sunglasses
true religion
polo ralph lauren
cheap jerseys
louis vuitton
oakley vault
celine bags
polo ralph shirts
lebron 12
louis vuitton outlet
20167.21chenjinyan

roba. gad3 said...


https://decor-ksa.com/villas-homes-window/
https://decor-ksa.com/windows-iron/
http://mchaabaty.com/luxurious/
http://mchaabaty.com/red-bricks/
http://mchaabaty.com/factory/
http://mchaabaty.com/new/
http://mchaabaty.com/marble/

GIL BERT said...

montblanc pens
polo ralph lauren
vikings jerseys
oakley sunglasses
ugg outlet
new york knicks
michael kors outlet online
coach outlet
ed hardy outlet
skechers shoes

raybanoutlet001 said...

carolina jerseys
dolphins jerseys
oakley sunglasses
polo ralph lauren
chargers jerseys
oakley sunglasses
ecco outlet
christian louboutin shoes
cheap nfl jerseys
kate spade sale

Sharen Ston said...

maintaining carpets can be tedious, costly and requires regular maintenance, as compare to Timber flooring Melbournee its only one time investment.

郑佳颖 said...

adidas neo online shop
michael jordan shoes
air max
michael kors outlet handbags
longchamps
kobe shoes
nike zoom
harden shoes
light up shoes
michael kors handbags