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  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1942, Barbro Nilsson was appointed artistic director of Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s workshop. She was selected by a committee thatcame together after Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s death to ensure the continuation of the studio. The committee included King Gustav V, architect and furniture designer Carl Malmsten, and the director of the National Art Museum in Stockholm. Måås Fjetterström, a central figure in early 20th-century textile design, was renowned for her dynamic compositions and lively lines, skills shared by her protégé. A master of color and expressive motifs, Nilsson wove all her own work including textiles as well as flat weave and pile rugs. In addition to her commercial career, Nilsson taught at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. A resident of Lerberget, a seaside village on the Kattegatt, Nilsson was inspired by the rhythm of waves, by seashells and seaweed.


‘Rödarp, lättare’ (Red, lighter) rug

designed 1962
Handwoven wool on a flax/linen warp.
73 1/4 x 102 3/8 in (186 x 260 cm)
Produced by Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. Woven manufacturer’s mark with ‘AB MMF’ and artist’s initials ‘BN’.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $16,250

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York