Finnish Rya Rugs

Ryijy Hopea pajukuja

Finnish Textiles – Rya Rugs
Here are a few examples of vintage Finnish rya rugs. The pile for a rya rug or tapestry is woven or sewn onto a wool backing. A rya is traditionally hung on a wall as a tapestry and not used on the floor as it is not durable for floor use.
The sett of the warp and number of weft rows and knots per inch can vary in a rya, depending on the level of detail of the design.

Rya - Golden Rings
Rya – Golden Rings

45″ x 65″
Warp: linen
Sett: 6 epi
Weft: 2 ply wool
horizontal – 3 knots per inch
vertical – 3 knots per inch
6 rows Tabby between each row of knots
Pile length – 1.5 inches

Ryijy Hopea pajukuja
Ryijy Hopea pajukuja

Hopea Pajukuja
Silver Willow Lane
Warp: linen
Sett: 10 epi
Weft: 2 ply wool
Horizontal: 5 knots/inch
Vertical: 3 knots/inch
3 strands yarn per knot
Pile Length: 1 inch

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Finnish Rya Rugs
Rya Rug Repair
Hemp Rya Tapestry
Rya Rug Video


3 to 120 Rya Dye Study Project
How to Weave Rya Rug Backing
Rya Rug Stitching Instructions
Rya Rug Yarn Calculations

More Finnish Textiles:
Poppana
Takana – Doubleweave Pickup
Vintage Finnish Raanu Wall Hangings

Rya Rug Tapestry Books
The Ryijy-Rug Lives On Finnish Ryijy-Rugs 1778 – 2008. Book by Tuomas Sopanen, Leena Willberg

Hand-made C.U.M. Rya Rugs
Techniques of Rya Knotting
Hooked rugs & ryas;: Designing patterns and applying techniques
Handgenoopte C.U.M. Rya Tapijten
Rya Rugs – Design and Make Your Own

Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Paivi Suomi