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Marianne Richter

Swedish, 1916-2010

Swedish textile artist Marianne Richter is internationally revered for her range of extraordinary rugs, carpets and large tapestries. Her textiles featured a variety of provocative geometric shapes in warm earth tones and dazzling graphic patterns.

A master in her field, Richter created works that adorn Swedish embassies all over the world. One of her most notable pieces was a 200-square-meter wall hanging that she created for the United Nations building in New York City. 

Born in 1916, in Helsingborg, Sweden, Richter was the second of seven children in her family. Her father was a merchant and her mother was a homemaker. 

She trained at the Technical School in Stockholm with a focus on textiles (and also eventually worked in ceramics, too). When she completed her studies, Richter apprenticed for Märta Måås-Fjetterström at MMF AB — the widely celebrated designer’s atelier — where the budding textile artist worked during the summers. After her apprenticeship, Richter went on to work for Svensk Hemslöjd — a handicraft association in Växjö, Sweden.

In the early 1940s, Barbro Nilsson — a Swedish textile designer known for popularizing Scandinavian modernism within the decorative arts — invited Richter to return to MMF AB in Båstad — this time as a designer — where she would become pivotal to the growth of the company.

In a time when machine-made textiles were gaining popularity, Richter became a leader at the facility and her innovative mid-century modern works — as well as those produced by Nilsson and designer Ann-Mari Forsbergbrought considerable attention to MMF AB, which is still Sweden’s foremost atelier for hand-woven art textiles.

The wall hanging that Richter designed for the United Nations building in Manhattan was commissioned by the Swedish government (it was intended for the Economic and Social Affairs Council Chamber, which was designed by Sven Markelius). For more than a year, ten artisans at MMF AB worked with wool and linen to produce Richter’s design. In 1968, the piece had to be restored as it began to disintegrate, partly owing to an effect that chemicals had on the textile as part of a fireproofing process that took place when it arrived in Manhattan.

Richter continued to work at MMF AB until the 1970s, creating pile rugs, flatwoven rugs and tapestries, while also teaching at the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She died in 2010.

Find vintage Marianne Richter rugs and carpets on 1stDibs.

Midcentury Rya Rug by Marianne Richter for Östergyllen in Sweden
By Marianne Richter
Located in København K, 84
Vintage Swedish green and blue rya rug by Marianne Richter for Ötergyllen rya, 1960s. Handmade by Rya weaving technique from 100% wool. Swedish textil...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Marianne Richter

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Wool

Tapestry 'Balls' designed by Marianne Richter for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB
By Marianne Richter, Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB 1
Located in Stockholm, SE
Tapestry 'Balls' designed by Marianne Richter for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Sweden, 1969 Signed.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marianne Richter

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Textile

Marianne Richter for Märta Måås-Fjetterström 'Fläder Röd' Carpet in Wool
By Marianne Richter
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marianne Richter for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB (MMF AB), flat weave carpet 'Fläder Röd', wool, Sweden, design 1943 An exceptional rare piece designed by female textile artist Mari...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Marianne Richter

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Wool

Large Tapestry “Tuppamattan" by Marianne Richter for Märta Måås-Fjetterström
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB 1, Marianne Richter
Located in Grythyttan, SE
This is a rare handwoven and large tapestry designed by Marianne Richter (1916-2010) for AB Märta Måås-Fjetterströms ateliers in Båstad, Sweden. The composition is called "Tuppamatta...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Marianne Richter

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Wool, Linen

Midcentury Rya Rug by Marianne Richter for Östergyllen in Sweden
By Marianne Richter
Located in København K, 84
Vintage Swedish brown yellow rya rug by Marianne Richter for Ötergyllen rya, 1960s. Handmade by Rya weaving technique from 100% wool. Swedish textile...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Marianne Richter

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Wool

Swedish 'LOFSTAD' Rya Rug by Marianne Richter
By Marianne Richter, AB Wahlbecks Fabbriker
Located in Atlanta, GA
A warm-tone Rya rug by Swedish designer Marianne Richter in her "Lofstad" pattern. This rug was part of the Östergyllan series produced by Wahlbecks in Linköping, Sweden during the 1...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Marianne Richter

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Wool, Yarn

Large Swedish 'Lofstad' Rya Rug by Marianne Richter
By AB Wahlbecks Fabbriker, Marianne Richter
Located in Atlanta, GA
A warm-tone Rya rug by Swedish designer Marianne Richter in her "Lofstad" pattern. This rug was part of the Östergyllan series produced by Wahlbecks in Linköping, Sweden during the 1...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Marianne Richter

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Wool, Yarn

Rug ‘Façade, Orange, Red’ Designed by Marianne Richter for MMF, Sweden, 1950s
By Marianne Richter
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rölakan technique. Wool.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Marianne Richter

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Wool

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Marianne Richter furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wool and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Marianne Richter furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Marianne Richter were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in sweden during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ingrid Dessau, Erik Lundberg, and Ulla Parkdal. Prices for Marianne Richter furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,046 and can go as high as $85,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,000.

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