Scandinavian/rya area rug

Feb 07, 2020. 18:28 UTC
Scandinavian/Rya area rug
United States of America

Antique rugs

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76" x 54", wool, little used since I inherited in 1980, probably purchased in 1960s. I once had receipt from Marshall Fields Co., Chicago but cannot find it now.


Owned by aunt who purchased it at Marshall Field's but I no longer have the receipt.

Answered within 3 days
Feb 10, 16:36 UTC
By Morgan C

Fair Market Value

$400 - $800 USD

Insurance Value

$1,200 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Roxanne,
Thank you once again for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. Your rug is a Scandinavian Rya and dates from the mid 20th century. Rya rugs are a traditional Scandinavian style wool rug with a pile measuring from 1-3 inches. They are hand-knotted with a Ghiordes style knot. This knotting technique takes a colored weft and passes it over two pieces of warp, then it is pulled through, and the excess pile cut. Traditionally Rya's were used as bedcoverings for protection against the harsh winter climates and were made out fur. In the 1970s, with the rise of Mid Century Modern Swedish furniture, rugs of this style rose in popularity. Your rug has a definite MCM aesthetic with the colors and overall design. Based on recent price realizations for rugs similar to yours, a fair market estimate would be between 400 and 800 US dollars.
Best Regards,

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