Bedcover (Ryijy)

Bedcover (Ryijy)

early 1800s
Country
Finland
rug
woven wool and linen, wool pile
Neusteter Textile Collection: National Museum of Finland, by exchange
1948.60
. Bedcover (Ryijy). early 1800s. woven wool and linen, wool pile. Neusteter Textile Collection: National Museum of Finland, by exchange. 1948.60.
Dimensions
length: 70 1/2 in, 179.0700 cm; width: 54 1/2 in, 138.4300 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-European
Shaggy, long pile weavings were used for centuries in Scandinavia primarily as utilitarian bed covers, but the decorative possibilities of ryijy (rya in Sweden) were explored most fully in Finland. A valuable possession, this heavy cover was probably commissioned as part of a dowry. The bride and groom sometimes stood on ryijys during the wedding ceremony and then used them as bedcoverings. Patterned examples like this ryijy might also be hung on a wall.
Known Provenance
Exchanged June 1948 with National Museum of Finland, Helsingfors, Finland and Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Masterpieces from the Textile Collection" (Inaugural Exhibition), November 15, 1997- April 26, 1998 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)