Marianne Richter Alvastra Rya rug Wahlbecks Ostergyllan Sweden

Marianne Richter Alvastra Rya rug Wahlbecks Ostergyllan Sweden

Code: T072


W: 165cm (65")L: 230cm (90.6")


‘Avastra’ rya rug in shades of warm brown from the series Östergyllen, designed by Marianne Richter for Wahlbäck. Label attached. 165 x 230 cm. Machine knotted. 

All of the rugs in this series were named after a famous Swedish building or landmark. This design was named after the Cistercian Alvastra Abbey which was established in 1143 by French monks, later demolished during the Swedish Lutheran reformation in the 1530s. Picturesque ruins remain.

Excellent condition.

Rugs are shown in a room setting. The sale is for the rug only.

Marianne Richter (1916-2010) was one of the most important designers of Swedish rugs and tapestries. She worked for the Märta Måås Fjetteström studio alongside her mentor, Barbro Nielson, from the 1940s designing some of the finest hand woven rugs ever made. She also designed the 200 square metre tapestry that hung in the United Nations building in New York from 1952-68. This was sadly destroyed by the combined effects of use of an untested fire retardant chemical and sunlight in the late 1960s and only a few scraps of it now remain. It is regarded as one of the great lost modernist works of the Twentieth Century. She also took on commissions with other companies to produce machine made rugs that could be accessible to a wider public. Leading amongs these was AB Wahlbecks who produced about 22 of her designs for Rya rugs from 1955-72. She has become know as one of the greatest designers of Scandinavian Rya rugs who made her work accessible to the many and not just the wealthy.