Since 1919, Märta Måås-Fjetterström and the company she founded have produced hundreds of hand-woven masterpieces. Wright champions her legacy with nearly 200 carpets and tapestries offered, one dedicated auction, and the achievement of top auction records for the distinguished weaver.
The connection between technique and form must never be broken.
Did You Know?
At the age of 46, Måås-Fjetterström opened her own company and weaving studio in Båstad, Sweden employing more than 20 professional weavers many of whom were female and former students from the Vittsjö weaving school.
Extraordinarily creative in life, at the time of her death she left behind nearly 700 original designs which continued into production.
Måås-Fjetterström traveled the globe exhibiting her works in the off season making friends and acquiring commissions for notable interiors, including royal palaces, churches and the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Her work is included in the collection of prestigious institutions around the world including The Louvre, Paris; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The National Museum of Sweden, among others.
A Legacy of Innovation & Excellence
in Textile Design
By Martin Chard, International Executive at Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Solid, simple and beautiful. In an essay from 1905, Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873–1941) defined her ambitions for Swedish handicrafts while heading the Malmö Handicraft Association; living and working in a time of great change, with an ambivalence between the possibilities of modernity and mass production and a fear for a loss of identity and traditional knowledge, she had a vision for new designs rooted in the rich heritage of Swedish folklore but combined with contemporary and new influences. Her ideas did not find fertile ground at the Malmö Handicraft Association, an association mainly interested in reproducing old designs, and Måås-Fjetterström was subsequently let go. A great blow to Måås-Fjetterström at the time, but it would later prove to be a stroke of luck.
In 2016, Wright hosted an auction dedicated to Märta Måås-Fjetterström and the production of the talented and creative women who continued the company in her name. Treasures from the Märta Måås-Fjetterström Workshop, featured more than 100 hundred carpets and the accompanying catalog presented new scholarly research.
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Märta Måås-Fjetterström 1873–1941
For nearly a century the Märta Måås-Fjetterström workshop has been producing carpets, textiles and weavings of the highest quality and craftsmanship. The company was formed in 1919 by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, an innovative and influential artist who revived declining weaving techniques and introduced the exploration of texture in her carpet designs. During her lifetime, Måås-Fjetterström created more the 700 original patterns blending folk and traditional handicrafts with Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
When Måås-Fjetterström passed away in 1941, the renowned textile artist Barbro Nilsson became the workshop’s director. Nilsson, along with Ann-Mari Forsberg, Marianne Richter, Kaisa Melanton and other designers, continued in Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s footsteps creating innovative and colorful hand-woven masterpieces.
Märta Måås-Fjetterström Official Site
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Märta Måås-Fjetterström on Artnet