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Sun, Sep 18, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 6129

Vintage Pile Scandinavian Rug 13 ft 8 in x 10 ft 3 in (4.17 m x 3.12 m)

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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An Impressive Rich Red Color Background Vintage Pile Scandinavian Rug, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Mid 20th Century

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This is a truly fascinating and unique mid 20th century vintage Scandinavian carpet. It draws its inspiration from traditional tribal rugs from the Caucasus Mountains and other remote regions. It mimics many of the traditional antique tribal rug designs and motifs, only it does so in an abstract form that is purely modern.

The first element that draws your attention to this vintage pile area rug from Scandinavia is the vibrant red color. Next, are the various motifs and forms within the field of the vintage mid century modern rug. The artist mimicked the multiple borders of a traditional rug, only they did so using geometric forms instead of the traditional floral elements one would expect. Another traditionally influenced element of the design is that the pattern somewhat repeats, but varies towards the top of the rug. The artist mimicked the concept that the weaver was not using a formal pattern to construct the rug but simply weaving motifs of their choosing as they went along.

One of the key aspects of this Scandinavian knotted pile rug that you may notice is the inclusion of four trees with symbols as their leaves. Stylized flowers give it a fun and whimsical touch. The design of the rug has a playful character throughout its design. It is apparent that the artist studied the formal elements of tribal rugs and used them as a model for the abstractions. This is a technique used by many modern mid-century abstract artists.

The complex designs and formal elements of a traditional red carpet have been reduced to their simplest form. It almost appears as if this vintage pile Scandinavian rug serves as a preliminary sketch for the placement of the elements of a traditional rug. It is an interesting study into the formal elements and stylistic qualities of a traditional, tribal carpet.

This vintage pile Scandinavian rug would go well in a mid-century room or any contemporary design. The bold colors would make get the perfect addition to Bohemian or Eclectic decor. Regardless of where it calls home, it will bring its playful character and simplicity to the room. It is a fun retro rug that is one of those rare designs that only comes along every so often. It would make an excellent addition to any contemporary home or office, as well as any collection of mid-century abstract art.


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