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n. A Scandinavian knotted-pile woollen rug, used as bed-cover and tapestry.


n. a shag rug made in Sweden [syn: rya rug]

Rya (rug)

A rya is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 1 to 3 inches. They were made using a form of the Ghiordes knot to make the double-sided pile fabric. Though rya means "rug" in English, the original meaning in Sweden of rya was a bed cover with a knotted pile. The first ryas originated in the early fifteenth century as coarse, long-piled, heavy covers used by mariners instead of furs. As time progressed, the rugs have evolved to be lighter and more colorful. The insulation that ryas provide protect against the cold Scandinavian climate. Ryas are a knotted pile carpet, with each knot composed of three strands of wool, which enables the rug to exhibit rich texture from all the different shades of color. The name originates from a village in southwest Sweden. The term rya may also refer to a breed of sheep whose wool is used to make rya carpets (see Rya (sheep)).

Rya (sheep)

Rya, also known as Ryafår or Swedish Carpet Wool Sheep, is a breed of sheep that is native to Sweden. The breed originated from the Swedish and Norwegian landrace breeds. This double-coated breed of Swedish Landrace origin also contains some Norwegian Spælsau heritage. The purpose of the sheep was to use the long, wavy, and shiny wool to produce rya-wool, which is often used to make carpets. In the early twentieth century, few long wool sheep remained in the province of Dalarna, leading to the restoration of the rya sheep breed. In 2000, there was a stable population of about two thousand rya sheep. They can be found in northern and central Sweden. Most of herds are located in Dalarna. They are usually kept in small flocks.

At the start of the 20th century, Dalarna had a population of sheep with long wool, which was popular in the area for decorating national costumes. In 1915, breeding was done to obtain sheep that produced this "rya-wool".

The rya sheep is a medium-sized sheep with relatively short legs, and has strong and shiny long wool fibers. The legs, tail, forehead, cheek, and crown do not have wool. For a three-month-old lamb, the wool can be long, and for an adult, the wool can be up to long. Half the fleece should be the hair coat, which should be lustrous with a well-defined, broad crimp. Attaining wool fibers of at least 15 cm in length with a maximum crimp of 3 crimps per 5 cm is the breeding goal. The sheep are white, but there are some grey, black, and brown individuals. The adult wither height is 75 cm for rams and 70 cm for ewes. The live weight is 70 kg for rams and 50 kg for ewes. Both the rams and ewes are polled and have long tails.

The rya sheep is also known to be highly fertile. The mean litter size is 2.1 lambs at birth.

The sheep is also characterized by lambing ease and by their ability to forage in rough terrain.


Rya may refer to:

  • Rya (rug), type of woollen rug
  • Rya (sheep), breed of sheep
  • Rya Kihlstedt (born 1970), actress
  • Rya skog, forest
  • Rya Taza, village in Armenia
  • Rya Tunnel
  • Rya W. Zobel (born 1931), jurist
  • Rya, Sweden

Usage examples of "rya".

Doyle is the gorgio the rya has been so anxious to find, and the rya will be very pleased with us for netting him.

Four times I lifted Rya while she hastily molded a charge of plastique between the pipes and plugged a detonator into it.

Perhaps Rya was instinctively aware that she required protection, and perhaps she was also aware that I intended to be there when she needed help, for as the evening wore on, she began to share some secrets about herself, and I sensed that she was telling me things she had told no one else in the Sombra Brothers Carnival.

The baby was Rya, and before Rya was even born, someone did offer to make an honest woman of Maralee Sween, perhaps proving that God watches over pregnant hillbilly girls about as well as He looks out for drunks.

Hunched in front of the microfilm reader, Rya hugged herself and shivered.

The vertigo did not entirely pass, but Rya came out onto the frame above me, waiting for me to move down and out of her way, and lightning flashed again to remind me of the danger of electrocution, so I drove myself off the spoke, to the crossbeam under it.

AdAage tsesi alishewecr asose th,ebst r, ryae 8 selody ouTayryae at wriasnts.

Later, when we paid visits to a couple of other carnies, to see how they were passing the time, she was more like the Rya they knew: cool, detached.

One educated guess has it that this -s alternates with a longer form -ryë (plausibly extrapolated from the possessive ending -rya "his/her"), but only the attested ending -s is used in the exercises below.

Rya noticed that there was no fiction here: gone were Dickens, Dostoyevski, Stevenson, and Poe.

Rya and Cathy went out to the nearby barn in search of a couple of buckets and a length of rubber tubing-items that ought to be at hand in a cider mill, even now, long after the cider season.

The last one, a romance with Danish modern, had brought a teak dining table, a wicker chair that looked like an egg and hung from a chain, and a Rya rug into our lives.

Michel's pupils opened further in the nimbus of starlight and leaf gleam, and he recognized members of the farm team, Iwao, Raul, Ellen, Rya, Gene, Evgenia, all of the farm team except for Hiroko herself.

Remo could smell her wanting him and he pressed her to him and carried her to the blue-and-white Rya rug on the floor, where his hands busied themselves under her skirt, bringing her close to the edge but not over.