Carefully selected by The Northern House, the rugs come in a variety of the traditional designs, colours and sizes that have been woven on floor looms by women over many generations.
The rugs, which are very much a part of Swedish cultural heritage, were and are woven from the material that was available in the household at the time. This would have included old clothing, sheets, window dressings and furniture covers. For hundreds of years, rag rugs have adorned the wooden floors of all kinds of homes in Sweden: cottages, farmhouses and manor houses, in kitchens and in drawing rooms alike.
The rag rugs available at The Northern House have been woven in the past 100 years. No two of these unique pieces are the same: each rug is a one off. The more closely that you look at one of these traditional rag rugs the more you can see the many variations of the fabric strips, which make each one unique.
The Swedish rag rugs which we sell at The Northern House work brilliantly as accent pieces in more contemporary interiors and, in a more traditional interior, their subtle colours appear particularly beautiful in lamplight or in the ever-changing daylight of the northern seasons. If you are looking for something specific, a particular size or preferred colour way then please do contact us as we are able to source a wide variety of rag rugs and are always happy to discuss individual requirements.
The Northern House is committed to the preservation of traditional skills and knowledge. We work closely with an organisation in northern Sweden which both collects and preserves antique rugs and also maintains a network of homeworkers, often living in remote rural areas, to preserve traditional weaving patterns and skills.
The rugs that we sell were created for both everyday use and special occasions. They are to be loved, admired and trodden on!
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The rag rugs available at The Northern House have been woven in the past 100 years. No two of these unique pieces are the same: each rug is a one off.
Rag rugs have lain on the floors of cottages, farmhouses and manor houses throughout Sweden for more than 150 years.
Guidance on caring for Swedish Rag Rugs.