Beautiful Vintage Scandinavian Swedish Marta Mass Kilim, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid – 20th Century – Antique rugs, as well as vintage rugs are unique works of art bearing layer upon layer of history. Owning such a piece means enjoying the opportunity to participate in the legacy of preserving something magnificent. Given from past generations, the textile is meant to be passed to future generations by you.
Märta Måås-Fjetterström was an artisan rug and textile weaver from Sweden. Enriched by her Scandinavian cultural heritage, she influenced textile design worldwide with her magnificent array of modernist Swedish rugs. She wove her vintage Scandinavian rugs by hand using hooking, heavy-pile and flat woven kilim rug techniques. Starting her career illustrating books, she was soon captured by the lure of textiles. Proof of her talent was internationally recognized when she designed several rugs in 1909 for use in the Nobel Prize award ceremonies. Now, more than a century later, museums around the world exhibit her breathtakingly artistic vintage Scandinavia made area rugs.
Scandinavia is iconic and acknowledged for its history of clean, strong design elements ranging from simple abstractions to dramatic representations of motifs derived from nature. Its classic hallmark is minimalistic functionality emphasizing beauty.
An overview of Scandinavian history reveals a harsh and frigid landscape requiring tribes of people to make the most of what they had. To survive, they created a material culture focused on function, durability, and skillful workmanship. At the same time, the brutal climate limited many activities, inspiring them to use their imaginations to celebrate the beauty around them. Elaborate mythology generated a rich oral tradition symbolized in their folk art.
The modern stereotype of Vikings involves violent killers sailing across the Norwegian Sea to rape and pillage innocent villagers. In truth, for a few hundred years that was the case, but like other travelers throughout history, the Scandinavian warriors were searching for hospitable farmlands to sustain their families. Their explorations took them to the Volga River deep in Russia to the far reaches of the Byzantine Empire to Mediterranean lands such as Sicily and Spain to the British Isles, Iceland, and beyond.
They exchanged cultural knowledge wherever they went: language, food, mythology, and artisanal techniques — not only artistic designs, color palettes, and new yarn materials, but also weaving techniques.
Cultural exchange in the form of Oriental carpet arts blending with those of Scandinavia resulted in a revitalization of hand-woven rugs along the Silk Road connections despite the onset of mechanized mass production of area rugs.
Today, Scandinavian-style rugs have become a thriving industry in India, often produced by atelier groups of female weavers. Textile and fiber artists / designers such as Märta Måås-Fjetterström promoted this phenomenon globally although she worked from her Swedish homeland.
We offer you a rare chance to acquire this magnificent green background color Märta Måås-Fjetterström Gron Ang kilim area rug. True to the ideals of Swedish design, the pattern is simple: a single broad guard border with castle-like emblems on a warm gray abrash background. The inner field is divided into broad strips running horizontally, decorated with variations of the same emblems. Although the entire pattern is angular and symmetrical, at least five color tones are used asymmetrically to provide contrast. The squares evoke a unified solidity but the contrast pulls the eye from figure to figure to all parts of the design.
The colors are subdued but pervaded by underlying strength. Appropriate for a wall hanging tapestry or a floor covering, this MMF Gron Ang vintage flat weave area rug needs to be visible to be felt and appreciated. Märta Måås-Fjetterström has created an intense, silent poem that speaks to anyone who pauses to look, listen and feel.