As a warming quilt it was found during most the 18th century in the homes of the nobility as well as in simple peasant cottages. It belonged to the standard equipment at sea until the end of the last century.
During the 18th century a new rya was introduced, now with the pile turned upwards. Beautiful rugs with many colours. Family emblems were knotted in, so were initials together with the number of the year and other kinds of decorative designs. The technique was also used for wall tapestries, cushions and stool covers. Many are still preserved.
Since 1879 Nordiska has carried on this old tradition. Everything has been preserved in our ryas. The design, however, is still in keeping, following with today's modern requirements.
Nordiska appears to have produced both completed rya rugs as well as rug kits to be knotted at home.
A good rya rug today is a great find. Here are a whole slew of highlights from the catalogs (even more after the jump.)
|Isblomma, design Aappo Härkönen|
|Mila, design Gerd Stenberg-Allert|
|Symfoni, design Maud Johanneson|
|Oas, design Birgitta Salenius|
|Forum, design Maud Poom|
|Cirkus, design Kaisa Edström|
|Skiffer, design Ingrid Bjernefors-Dahlman|
|Eko, design Gunvor Bröjer|
|Sesam, design Birgitta Salenius|
|Sirocco, design Maud Johanneson|
|Droppsten, design Ingegerd Hyltén-Cavallius|
|Polarnatt, design Ingegerd Hyltén-Cavallius|
|Vintergatan, design Kaisa Edström|
|Navarra, design Gerd Stenberg-Allert|
|Hjortron-Land, design Kaisa Edström|
|Vattenspel, design Kaisa Edström|
|Sauna, design Kaisa Edström|
|Kohinoor, design Gerd Stenberg-Allert|