A Polar Bear's Tale: Rugs by the textile artist Sirkka Könönen

A Polar Bear's Tale: Rugs by the textile artist Sirkka Könönen. What a wonderful artist.

Fish Eye Rugs: Catherine Henning • Featured Artist • Hooked in the Mountains 2012

Saving the best for last. It was extra sweet to go to Shelburne this year to celebrate the work of Cathy Henning. I& been in awe of .

Forest rug by Beth Kempf

This rug was made for my son Jim when he was collecting Art and Crafts style furnishings.

Rya rugs

Rya rugs, once used for walls and as bedspreads to keep the cold outside

Uurainen LXXIX on tyypillinen keskisuomalainen kansanomainen ryijy. Se edustaa kustavilaista tyyliä, mistä muun muassa sininen väri kertoo. Ryijy on peräisin vuodelta 1798.

Uurainen LXXIX on tyypillinen keskisuomalainen kansanomainen ryijy. Se edustaa kustavilaista tyyliä, mistä muun muassa sininen väri kertoo. Ryijy on peräisin vuodelta 1798.

The Talven Kukka wall rya by Paula Toivainen, 2007, Finland. Through AnnaQ

The Talven Kukka wall rya by Paula Toivainen, Finland. Through AnnaQ

Vuorelma.net - Isot ryijyt - YHDESSÄ AIN// I don't know translation for the right term, but this pattern would be nice as a traditional Finnish wedding rug. The tradition is from 16th century and bride and groom get married on top of it. It is believed that "wedding rug" protects the couple against "bad powers". This rug is named "always together" :)

Vuorelma.net - Isot ryijyt - YHDESSÄ AIN// I don't know translation for the right term, but this pattern would be nice as a traditional Finnish wedding rug. The tradition is from 16th century and bride and groom get married on top of it. It is believed that "wedding rug" protects the couple against "bad powers". This rug is named "always together" :)

"Palava sydän" 1937

"Palava sydän", Finland, 1937 Don't care much for the colours, but the traditionally inspired pattern is quite striking.

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