By the eighteenth century ryas were generally part of a woman's trousseau and proudly displayed as important status symbols within the home.By the nineteenth century, Swedish ryas were usurped by the arrival of quilted coverlets from continental Europe and from then on were woven as purely ornamental elements.Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Irma Kronlund The traditional Scandinavian rug is the rya, made from hand-knotted wool.Dating from the fifteenth century, the first antique ryas were coarse, long-piled heavy coverlets used by fishermen instead of furs.Many "jacquard" coverlets are two-panel coverlets with a center seam.*Page 247, figure 374 claims that the coverlet was woven by "David D. Anyone with even one good eye would see the weaver's name in the four corners as "David D. Nowhere in this book is that weave struction mentioned even once, although it was the one most commonly used by weavers of German descent who produced figured coverlets.
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This magnificent quilt is finished with a 3/8” hand applied binding, and is completely pieced by hand.A fresh and appealing aesthetic was sustained during the first half of the twentieth century by the weavings of the celebrated Swedish carpet designer Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom and her circle.The simplicity and purity of design in vintage Scandinavian rugs gives them an immediate relevance and contemporary desirability.The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics.
The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.
Most descriptions of coverlets and weaving history are either vague or just wrong.