Beautiful Green Color Vintage Pile Scandinavian Rug by Marta Maas, Country of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid-20th Century – Drawn in an international style and infused with Scandinavian charm, this vintage Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom pile carpet depicts a beautiful compartmental pattern known as ‘Ängarna’ or ‘The Meadows,’ and is truly one of a kind among vintage rugs. Reminiscent of Persia’s famous garden carpets, this pastoral interpretation includes a lovely assortment of subdivided tiles and repeating compartments that form a beautiful pattern of verdant fields, flowers and garden plots. Delicate churn-dash flowers set on alternating backgrounds are juxtaposed against variegated color blocks and tiny gardens that are separated by monochromatic paths. The delightful Eastern influences continue in the decorative end pieces, which feature reciprocating flower-and-leaf motifs that bear an uncanny likeness to rectilinear Persian designs. While this outstanding vintage Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom carpet has a distinct resemblance to Persian garden carpets, the designer expanded the vision to encompass an entire countryside and make the pattern her own.
The fantastic pattern that characterizes this stunning Swedish rug is called “Angarna,” which is a Swedish word that means “Meadows.” A pattern that speaks to those designs preferred by the legendary master rug-makers of Persia, “Angarna” effectively creates a field of compartments that play off one another, creating a unified theme that speaks eloquently to the smaller details of the piece.
The overall effect here is a feeling of pastoral serenity, beautifully articulated by the Swedish rug’s muted pastel color palette.
While this piece possesses traditional floral elements that give it a sense of continuity with the Persian pieces that inspired its design, it is very much a quintessentially Scandinavian carpet: for the pastoral elements articulated throughout are very much consistent with the sort of designs preferred by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom as she was just starting out as a designer, taking influence from the folk-art Ryas and Rollakans that were so popular throughout Sweden for so long.
All of these traditional elements combined with the rug’s comforting colorations create for a piece that is dynamically traditional and modern, making it in many ways a beautifully representative mid-century modern Swedish rug.
The Nazmiyal Collection has recently acquired a large new selection of such rugs, and, to mark this exciting development, is hosting en exhibition of Scandinavian rugs beginning tomorrow, June 6 and running through June 27.
On display will be the best and most extensive collection of Scandinavian rugs anywhere, featuring some absolutely incredible pieces from some of the most celebrated mid-century Swedish designers. Visit the Nazmiyal Antique Rugs website to view the exhibition online and for more information!