Eeva-Maria Laitala

Product 2: Cloth rugs “ryijy”
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Producer: Design Eeva-Maria Laitala
Design Eeva-Maria Laitala
Riihimäentie 285
73640 Sivakkavaara, Finland
Email: design@emlaitala.com
Internet: www.emlaitala.com
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tel: +358-(0)17 674420

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Economic field: Textile, interior decoration

Part of/ linked to greater unity/ why this product: Cloth rugs are old traditional Finnish and Scandinavian textiles also used e.g. by the Vikings.
Nowadays, with different tastes and allergies, the wall rugs are not popular anymore. There is no demand for the skills. One problem seems to be, how to make these modern and actual.

Information about the product:
- Period the item is from: wall rugs in general from bronze age
- Usage: in houses on the wall
- History etc.. Cloth rugs are old traditional Finnish and Scandinavian textiles also used e.g. by the Vikings. Originally these were used as decorative bed covers, or even as carpets, but later in 1700-1800 people started hanging cloth rugs to walls.*

Knowhow, skills, working methods used: Weaving and knotting wool and other fibres and materials into a rug.
“A ryijy-rug is a textile which is knotted, generally sparsely piled, has a long piling and is made in the Nordic countries. Technically they are rather similar to Moroccan piled carpets”*

Ryijys are ofter unique. And the Finnish ryijys are usually inspired by nature or folk images.

More detailed information e.g. at:

http://www.kaspaikka.fi/ryijy/en/making-of-rug.html

Producer information
- Turn over: N/A
- Number of employees: 1

Reference: http://www.emlaitala.com/

http://www.ryijy.com/history.html