A crocus pattern tapestry in wool and linen on a linen warp from Märta Måås-Fjetterström, the greatest name in Swedish textiles. The tapestry was designed in 1930 and is signed AB MMF. MMF are her initials and the AB denotes this was produced after 1942 after her death by her one time collaborator Barbro Nilsson. It depicts the crocus from both a side on view and from above.
Excellent used condition.
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Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873-1941) pioneered textile design in Sweden in the early years of the Twentieth Century. She took what had previously been a peasant craft and modernisted it with her many designs that are quintessentially Swedish. Her designs for rugs, tapestries and other fabrics made use of motifs from nature. Some of her rugs were used in the Nobel prize giving ceremonies. After her death in 1941 a company was set up by King Gustav V of Sweden and others to continue to produce her designs as they were so revered in her home country. Her work can be found in the Royal Palace in Stockholm and in museums worldwide including in the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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