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Finnish textiles

Ryijys have been made and used throughout history at least from the Viking ages, but the oldest preserved Finnish ryijy is from the 17th century when ryijys were used by royalties and the rich as bed covers. With the nationalistic ideas of the 19th century, a new interest was aroused in Finland to preserve and to pass on the traditions of handicraft that were starting to be forgotten. In 1897, The friends of Finnish handicraft were founded and began working with reviving the traditional ryijys by remanufacturing traditional ryijys and by create new ryijy designs in a nationalistic style.

In the 1920’s The friends of Finnish handicraft had their first ryijy design competition, with which they wanted to bring young and talented textile designers to the spotlight. These young designers combined the old traditional motifs with the international style influences in their works to create the new ryijy. During the 1920’s the way of using ryijys also changed, and from being a bed cover the ryijy now became a tapestry or rug and therefore became a active part of the interior design.

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36 items
Elsa Kallio, A Finnish long pile rug. Circa 160x115 cm.
Hammer price 
240 EUR
Estimate 
250 EUR
Laila Karttunen, a Finnish long pile rug. Ca 160x110 cm.
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485 EUR
Estimate 
600 EUR
Ester Ax, a 1940's wall textile for Wetterhoff.
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110 EUR
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250 EUR
A Finnish 1930's long pile rug. Circa 190x130 cm.
Hammer price 
660 EUR
Estimate 
300 EUR
Eva Anttila, a tapestry signed EA.
Hammer price 
1 950 EUR
Estimate 
800 EUR
A 1960's Finnish long pile rug. Circa 160x115 cm.
Hammer price 
350 EUR
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250 EUR
Katri Mattila, A Finnish long pile rug. Circa 165x115 cm.
Hammer price 
442 EUR
Estimate 
250 EUR
An early Finnish 20th century rya rug. Circa 173x150 cm.
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520 EUR
Estimate 
300 EUR
A Finnish rya rug dated 1929. Circa 260x190 cm.
Hammer price 
490 EUR
Estimate 
300 EUR
A 1930's Finnish long pile rug. Circa 240x153 cm.
Hammer price 
160 EUR
Estimate 
200 EUR
A Finnish long pile rug. Circa 215x135 cm.
Hammer price 
1 700 EUR
Estimate 
300 EUR
A Finnish ryarug, dated 1864. Circa 180x150 cm.
Hammer price 
400 EUR
Estimate 
300 EUR
A 1930's Finnish long pile rug. Circa 105x68 cm.
Hammer price 
130 EUR
Estimate 
200 EUR
a mid-19th century Finnish long pile rug. Circa 190x140 cm.
Hammer price 
1 200 EUR
Estimate 
200 EUR