TYPE: a Finnish ryijy by Aino Salo – SOLD

CIRCA: 1950’s (dated 1955)

A Finnish folkart ryijy-rug after Pirkkala IV model by Neovius and woven by Aino Salo in 1955. The central part of the ryijy is divided into squares decorated with various figural and floral motifs as well as geometrical ornamentation. The main outer border features a zigzag pattern while the inner border is of repeating symbols. One of the long selvages has been trimmed on the back with cloth so as to allow a rod to be slid through and the ryijy hung on its side (as per last image lower right example). A ryijy (Swedish rya) is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 2.5 to 5 centimetrs (1 to 2 inches). They were created using a form of the Ghiordes knot to make the double-sided pile fabric. The first ryijy’s originated in the early fifteenth century as coarse, heavy covers used by mariners instead of furs. As time progressed, the rugs have evolved to be lighter and more colorful. Each knot is composed of three strands of wool, which enables the carpet to exhibit rich texture from all the different shades of color. In excellent condition. ALREADY SOLD

SIZE: 2.00m x 1.37m

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool