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Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Swedish, 1873-1941

Märta Måås-Fjetterström was the leading figure in Swedish textile design in the early 20th century. Through her rug-weaving studio, MMF AB, Måås-Fjetterström introduced a modern and cosmopolitan spirit to the tradition-bound craft, creating some of the era’s most sublime rugs and carpets — works that are elegant yet have a handmade warmth and honesty.

Måås-Fjetterström was the daughter of a small-town minister, and her creative bent led her to study drawing at the School of Industrial Arts in Stockholm between 1890 and 1895. She became an art teacher after graduating and began drafting textile designs in the late 1890s. At the time, Sweden was experiencing many of the same cultural concerns that fueled the English Arts and Crafts movement: fears that industrialization was causing many traditional handicrafts to wither into extinction. The state supported numerous artisan workshops, and Måås-Fjetterström was hired as director of a weaving studio in the southern city of Mälmo in 1905. She was dismissed six years later for insisting that artisans be allowed to create original patterns rather than merely copy old ones.

She traveled widely in search of design inspirations, and in 1919 — thanks in large part to the patronage of Ludvig Nobel, grand-nephew of Alfred Nobel, who commissioned her to make all the rugs for a new country manor hotel — Måås-Fjetterström opened her own workshop. There she trained many of Sweden’s best modern weavers, including Barbo Nilsson and Marianne Richter (the latter, a widely celebrated mid-century modernist designer, became a leader at Måås-Fjetterström's atelier after its founder's death in 1941).

A major exhibition in Stockholm in 1934 brought public acclaim, a reputation secured worldwide by exhibitions at the British Museum in 1936 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1939. Måås-Fjetterström’s company, MMF AB, is still in operation, and most of her roughly 700 designs are available for fabrication.

A broad range of influences can be seen in Måås-Fjetterström’s designs, among them Art Nouveau and classic Near Eastern and Asian styles. Her rug patterns fall roughly into two groups: The first includes stylized floral and other naturalistic motifs as well as modernized folkloric themes. The second comprises those employing geometric “tiles” in a formal composition based on that of Persian rugs, with an intricate border surrounding a central medallion.

Måås-Fjetterström generally used a subtle color palette: Soft pastels predominate, punctuated by the odd vibrant note. Her rugs are remarkable for their flexibility of use in decor schemes. They are a perfect complement to simple modern furniture in both blond and darker finishes; at the same time, the rugs can act as a perfect calming foil to more ornate historical styles. Måås-Fjetterström's creations, particularly signed vintage pieces, are highly collectible. Her designs are found in the world's leading museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

Find a collection of vintage Märta Måås-Fjetterström rugs and carpets on 1stDibs.

Märta Måås Fjetterström Handwoven 'Blå Heden' Carpet in Wool
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB 1
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Märta Måås Fjetterström for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, handwoven 'Blå heden' carpet, wool on linen warp, Sweden, designed in 1931 and woven after 1942 This handwoven carpet is desi...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool, Linen

Vintage Blue Wool Signed Swedish Rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Lundberg Nilsson
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Drawing inspiration from the ocean, this vintage hand-woven Swedish rug, called the Snäckorna pattern, has strands of sea shells repeatadly strewn over a surface of varying blues. A ...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

Claesson Koivisto Rune "Satellit, blå" rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Claesson Koivisto Rune
Located in Båstad, SE
"Satellit, blå" flatweave rug, designed by architects Claesson Koivisto Rune in 2006. Executed the same year at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB in Båstad, Sweden, by artisan weaver Monica...
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Early 2000s Swedish Minimalist Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool, Linen

Claesson Koivisto Rune "Satellit, blå" rug
Claesson Koivisto Rune "Satellit, blå" rug
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W 69.3 in L 88.98 in
MMF - Marta Maas-Fjetterström, Barbro Nilsson, Framed Hand Woven Tapestry
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Märta Maas-Fjetterström - Barbro Nilsson Scandinavian Modern A beautiful vintage handwoven textile by Barbro Nilsson at Marta Maas-Fjetterström, framed in dark oak with glass backg...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

Mid-20th Century Handwoven Wool Swedish Rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This signed Swedish rug has a chocolate-brown field with an outer band of polychrome octogen lozenges and a similar spaced band of lozenges around a moss-green rectangular panel with...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

Mid 20th Century Handwoven Signed Swedish Wool Rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This signed Swedish rug features a field with eight horizontal rows and four vertical rows of deep blue and light blue rectangular panels divided by a framework of ivory and biscuit-...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

Signed Midcentury Handwoven Wool Swedish Rug
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Lundberg Nilsson
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This handwoven Swedish rug has a shaded blue, taupe and purple-brown field with horizontal bands of polychrome small lozenges surrounding wide bands containing large serrated linked ...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

Vintage Handwoven Swedish Rug Signed by Weaver
By Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Marianne Richter
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This traditional handwoven Swedish deco rug has an overall field of checked broad alternating green and light green row. Signed by Weaver: AB MMF Marianne Richter for Marta Maas F...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Märta Måås-Fjetterström

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Wool

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Märta Måås-Fjetterström 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 Märta Måås-Fjetterström furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Märta Måås-Fjetterström were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Barbro Lundberg Nilsson, Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, and Judith Johansson. Prices for Märta Måås-Fjetterström furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,200 and can go as high as $240,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $28,000.

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