This circa-1945 vintage pair of Swedish tapestry panels by Märta Måås-Fjetterström features an intriguing all-over design of strict geometric abstractions, with red and purple cross-like shapes dominating against a field of neutral grey. Bold, geometrically-themed red borders complete the look of the vintage panels. Maas-Fjetterstrom (1873-1941) was a leading figure in Swedish textile design, with a workshop known for producing well-composed rugs incorporating traditional Swedish and modern motifs. In Sweden, carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the craft was seen as being an important artistic and cultural practice throughout Sweden, and designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Scandinavian rugs from the mid-twentieth century remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world.
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