Beautiful Oversized Vintage Scandinavian by Barbro Nilsson for Marta Maas Rug, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid-20th Century – The iconic designs of mid-20th century artist Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom fit as seamlessly into contemporary interior designs as they did in mid-century rooms. She was a fiber artist who worked from her studio in Bastad, Sweden. Her designs are both modernist and organic. She was inspired by her natural surroundings and the Swedish landscape. Over her lifetime, she created over 700 designs, which were rooted in Nordic traditions and culture.
Marta became recognized for her designs when she was asked to design a set of rugs for the 1909 Nobel Prize Ceremonies. When she passed on in 1941, her studio continued to operate under the direction of Barbro Nilsson. Nilsson created the hundreds of designs left by Fjetterstrom upon her death. This carpet bears the initials AB MMF, which indicates that it was created under the direction of Nilsson after 1942.
This gorgeous piece has an organic feel and color palette of earthy browns, blues, and ivory. Fjetterstrom as known as a master of color and for the ability to create pieces that use geometrics yet still reflect the natural world. This rug has a feeling of earth and water. The design has several different layers of design scale that create visual depth.
This is a magnificent piece created by an important mid century Swedish designer, but it could easily fit into a Swedish modern room that features natural wood tones and other elements of nature. It could also complement a neutral room by adding a touch of color, but in a way that is soft and soothing.
This rug has a calming feel that is modern and refined but still grounded in its approach. The blues give it the feeling of a sandy beach, making it an excellent choice for a coastal cottage, too. It is a versatile, vintage rug that fits well with contemporary or retro-inspired décor.