A Magnificent Vintage Mid Century Modern Flat Woven “Sommarmattan” / “The Summer Carpet” by The Iconic Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom , Origin: Scandinavia, Circa: 1925 – Designed by the legendary rug designer Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom and subsequently produced by MMF AB, this understated vintage rug titled “Sommarmattan” or “summer carpet” illustrates the development of Fjetterstrom’s original style.
Following Oriental traditions, this captivating yet understated Swedish rug features a central striped field enclosed by checkered guard bands and complementary borders. Golden ochres, warm terra-cotta reds, canvas like ivories and cool bistre tones are artfully incorporated in a sleek and consistent pattern of wide stripes and narrow turreted accent pieces. Complementary stripes fill the wide borders along with contrasting rectilinear S-hooks that have a distinct Eastern appearance. Like Fjetterstrom’s most famous Scandinavian rugs and designs, this archetypal composition uses modular components to create a formal, well-thought-out design that makes use of the flat-weave textures, limited color scheme and rectilinear geometry associated with kilims and flat-weave textiles.
This flat weave rug is one of the most artistic creations by one of the most revered and iconic textile designers ever – Marta Maas Fjetterstrom. The pile and kilim rugs that were designed by her specifically, are considered to be some of the best rugs ever woven. They are also some of the only rugs to be signed by the artist who created them. The fact that they are some of the only grouping of rugs that were signed and documented, makes them perfect for savvy rug collectors who are looking to build a rug collection based around the artist him / her self. That is why the MMF rugs are so coveted in the world of textile and fiber arts.
That said, this rug is also a magnificent decorative item as well as high level art rug. For those looking for a special mid century modern rug for their home, this Marta Maas rug would be hard to beat!