Barbro Nilsson - Design New York Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Folksam building, Stockholm, 1967

  • Literature

    Märta Måås-Fjetterström: Märta flyger igen! 90 år med Märta Måås-Fjetterström, exh. cat., Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, 2009, p. 153 for the design

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ordered for the entrance of the Swedish insurance company Folksam and delivered April 1967, the present Falurutan blå is the third section of a rug that was composed of three parts that together measure: 68 ft. 10 3/4 in. (21 m). All three rugs were woven by the artisan weavers Merete Andreasson and Anita Lindquist. The Folksam building was designed by the architects Nils-Einar Eriksson and Yngve Tegnér, in 1959 and houses a collection of Swedish art and design, including carpets and tapestries from the studio of Märta Måås-Fjetterström. The present lot has been registered by Märta Måås-Fjetterström with the MMF-number 24992. The Falurutan was designed in 1952 by Barbo Nilsson for The Seat of County Government in Falun, which was the city of Falu copper mine since the sixteenth century. The first Falurutan was executed in red honouring the color of all Swedish houses painted in red by the mineral from the mine. Nilsson designed twenty-seven different color schemes for the Falurutan.

    Phillips wishes to thank Angelica Persson from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, for her assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.


Important "Falurutan blå" rug, from the Folksam building, Stockholm

designed 1952, executed 1967
Handwoven wool on a linen warp.
280 3/4 x 79 in. (713.1 x 200.7 cm)
Produced by Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden, woven by Merete Andreasson and Anita Lindquist. Woven with manufacturer’s mark AB MMF and BN.

$50,000 - 70,000 

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New York Auction 9 June 2015 2pm