Scandinavia has a long tradition of weaving natural homespun flat-weave and shaggy colorful rugs that are necessary in order to cope with the long, dark days of the Scandinavian winter. This is a home or cottage industry, with a continuous tradition over the centuries. It has never died out, but had evolved, particularly during the 20th century, to produce highly modern designs and patterns that are based on ancient motifs.
Rya rugs are double-pile rugs, thick and shaggy, made for warmth in various parts of Scandinavia (especially Finlad), and they may have been inspired by the animal skins that would originally have been used as rugs and coverlets. They date back at least to the 10th century, and were used both as floor coverings and bed covers. They were initially in solid colors, but by the late 18th century, they were being decorated with designs taken from pattern books imported from France and Germany.
The double-weave Scandinavian rugs and pillows from the south of Sweden, known as rolakans, also have a particular boldness in juxtapositions of clear, bright colors, together with that clarity and simplicity of design that is particular to Scandinavia. They were often woven in wide stripes or repeating interlocking triangles, using plain rather than split-weave technique. These rugs use patterns that seem to have survived, more or less unchanged, since Viking times.
Rug Blog is a wonderful way to communicate with those who care about rugs of any kind. In this blog, I, Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay) write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. I live and work in Los Angeles, where I have a rug gallery. I love my job. It is full of excitement. I hope you enjoy your visit and share your ideas and comments with me.
Rug is my PASSION. I grew up with it since it was my family business and my father's job. I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, a Master's degree in Business Administration, MBA and a second Master's degree in Educational Planning and a Ph.D. in Educational Planning from the University of Southern California, USC in Los Angeles. I am a Board member to the Iranian Carpet Exporters' Association based in Tehran. I am a member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles, TGLA. I am a Board member to the Textile Museum Associate of Southern California, TMA/SC. I am also an Industry Partner to the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID Los Angeles Chapter with more than 1,700 members. I am also the Editor in Chief of the "Iranian Hand Woven Rug" quarterly. I have a rug gallery in Los Angels. I am also the president of the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. I have an active rug blog: http://rugmaster.blogspot.com/. In this blog, I, Dr. Khosrow Sobhe write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. They may be customers, friends, designers, or just ordinary people. I meet them in my rug gallery on 1655 South La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles (Tel. 310-770-9085) or else where.