Shaggy Rugs Rya Rugs developed in Scandinavia long before Ikea or Ilva were dreamt of. Viking traders introduced rugs from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to Scandinavia over 1000 years ago. The first Rya rugs were produced in Norway 15th century and were plain in design, although the method of weaving was based upon the Persian rug hand knotting technique they were made as warm shaggy bed covers. Modern Shaggy Rugs Over the centuries Rya rugs became more intricate in design and were used by noblemen as floor covering and by commoners in weddings as prayer rugs. In the mid 20th century candinavian carpet manufactures produced expensive Rya style rugs in innovative designs, the sixties simply saw the birth of a worldwide fashion statement for your floor, the modern shaggy pile rug.