Vintage Marta Maas and Swedish Tapestries
This breathtaking vintage Swedish Tapestry rug is a stand out piece in the Nazmiyal collection. A mid-century modern design by legendary artist Marta Maas Fjetterstrom, the flat-weave carpet is unrivaled in its abstract elegance. Crafted with a similar technique to other rugs of the period, this is actually a tapestry.
“This is what textile art is all about, especially with the modernist twist” says Nazmiyal’s Omri Schwartz. He notes the arresting subtle nuances of the design that tell a story. “The eyes in the top left corner, they are looking away. You wonder what it’s trying to say.”
Marta Maas Fjetterstrom‘s was a leading figure in the Swedish rug and textile world. Born in 1873, she studied and mastered the nationalistic and art nouveau style of weaving of the period. By 1919, she broke with tradition and developed a style all her own. Influenced by folk art and Oriental rugs, the new design reflects a vision of nature expressed and experienced with each line and form.
“She is a remarkable storyteller,” said Erik Wettergreen, director of the National Museum in Stockholm in 1934. “This hard-working weaver who finds her inspiration in legends and in meadows, from the Orient and from Scandinavia, from ancient faiths and from the freshest leaves, from biblical quotations and from buildings, from all that causes the imagination to bloom.”
Marta Maas Fjetterstrom’s works are among the most prized pieces of collectors, dealers and art aficionados worldwide. Her textiles can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris.
Beauty of the Swedish Tapestries
Swedish Tapestry – Vintage rugs and mid-century modern carpets from Scandinavia are among the more popular styles available to consumers today. These exciting and dynamic pieces are prized by designers and homeowners the world over for their unique aesthetic idiom, which tends to emphasize the more minimalist tendencies of mid-century design.
Many mid twentieth century rugs and carpets from Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries feature modern reinterpretations of traditional Scandinavian design, often deconstructed and then presented as something entirely new.
This unique approach beautifully blends together classical Scandinavian design trends with contemporary aesthetic preferences, resulting in uniquely appealing compositions, whether the piece in question be a Swedish tapestry, rug or carpet.
Our extensive Swedish tapestry and rug collection features beautifully woven examples from the full range of mid-century Scandinavian design.
More traditional tapestries featuring pictorial depictions of people and animals, exciting and abstract modern pieces featuring eccentric geometric figures, and simple compositions featuring clean and straightforward design elements – each piece offers something unique, and each piece may be found in our collection.
A well composed vintage Swedish tapestry or rug represents an exciting development not only in the world of rugs and carpets, but in the world of art broadly.
While they tend to be quite limited in numbers, Swedish wall hanging tapestry rugs are phenomenal examples of great textile art. They are extremely versatile in look and colors which makes them easy to incorporate in many different interior design approaches. This versatility combines by the relatively lower price points, make these vintage piece a very smart choice for the savvy home decorating consumer.