Five rows of thin red flame shapes on top of two rows of small red triangles on a dark background with a red bottom border
Catalog #: 
38
Date: 
1955
Artist: 
Subject Matter: 
Non-Objective

Medium: Rya Rug, wool
Size:64 x 48 in.
Location: Not on view.
Donor: Donated by E.F. Lindquist; conservation and exhibition generously supported by Professor Emeritus H. Dee and Myrene Hoover.

About the Artwork

Rya rugs date back to at least the fifteenth century in Scandinavia. Originally, they were used on beds. The thick and heavy wool provided warmth in the winter months. The beauty of their designs led them to be hung on walls. During the nineteenth century, factories produced the rugs in large quantities cheaply. Artisans refocused their attention on rya rugs in the early twentieth century with organizations like Friends of Finnish Handicraft, and the rugs again became a celebrated art form.

This rug was manufactured by Suomen Kaesitoyen Ystaevaet in Helsinki.

Keywords: 
Suomen Käsityön Ystävät, Friends of Finnish Handicraft, Non-Objective, Textile

More about Lotta Ring

1915-1965
Nationality: 
Finnish