Barbro Nilsson

Barbro Nilsson (1899-1983) trained as a textile artist and wove all of her own designs. From 1934-1947, Nilsson taught at Konstfack. Stockholm (University of College of Arts, Crafts and Design) and from 1947-1957 she was the head of the school’s textile department.

In 1942 Barbro Nilsson became the artistic director and chief designer at the Märta Måås-Fjetterström workshop where she continued in the tradition of high quality and craftsmanship. Nilsson created many flatweave, pile and tapestry-woven carpets for Märta Måås-Fjetterström. Her designs often feature simple patterns with an emphasis on color, the subtle variations in hue enlivening her works. 

Märta Måås-Fjetterström: Märta flyger igen! 90 år med Märta Måås-Fjetterström, exhibition catalog, pg. 96

Barbro Nilsson 1899–1983

Barbro Nilsson was born in 1899 in Malmö, Sweden and was a skilled, passionate and intuitive weaver, creating works deeply rooted in the folk traditions of Sweden that were also radical in their sheer exuberance and technical feat. The daughter of Swedish architect and designer Erik Lundberg, she went studied at the Brunssons Vävskola and Tekniska School in Stockholm (now known as Konstfackskolan). From 1934 to 1947, Nilsson taught at Konstfackskolan, Stockholm (University of College of Arts, Crafts, and Design) and later served as the head of the school’s textile department.

In 1942, Nilsson became the artistic director and chief designer at the Märta Måås-Fjetterström workshop where she continued the studio's tradition of high quality craftsmanship and creative fervor. She created many flatweave, pile and tapestry-woven carpets for Märta Måås-Fjetterström. Her designs often feature nature-inspired patterns with an emphasis on color, the subtle variations in hue enlivening her works. Barbro Nilsson died in 1983 and her textile designs continue to be highly coveted by decorative art collectors.

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Auction Results Barbro Nilsson

BARBRO NILSSON, Kullager pile carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Kullager pile carpet

10'7" × 13'10" (323 × 422 cm)

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $112,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Important Falurutan flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Important Falurutan flatweave carpet

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $112,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Rabatten pile carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Rabatten pile carpet

9'8" × 14' (296 × 427 cm)

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $98,750
BARBRO NILSSON, Important and Monumental Salerno carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Important and Monumental Salerno carpet

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $75,000
BARBRO NILSSON, Salerno carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Salerno carpet

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $72,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Falurutan carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Falurutan carpet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $65,000
BARBRO NILSSON, Park, Falkman carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Park, Falkman carpet

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $60,000
BARBRO NILSSON, Carnations flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Carnations flatweave carpet

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $57,500
BARBRO NILSSON, The Park, Falkman tapestry weave carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

The Park, Falkman tapestry weave carpet

9' × 11'9" (274 × 358 cm)

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $57,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Park, Falkman carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Park, Falkman carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $52,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Red Carnations carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Red Carnations carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $50,000
BARBRO NILSSON, Carnations carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Carnations carpet

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $47,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Gyllenrutan half-pile carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Gyllenrutan half-pile carpet

11'2" × 21'11" (340 × 668 cm)

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $47,500
BARBRO NILSSON, Carnations flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Carnations flatweave carpet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $46,250
BARBRO NILSSON, Stjärnflossan pile carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Stjärnflossan pile carpet

9'9" × 11'5" (297 × 348 cm)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $45,000
BARBRO NILSSON, Spättan tapestry weave carpet | wright20.com

Barbro Nilsson

Spättan tapestry weave carpet

7'11" × 12'6" (243 × 381 cm)

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $42,500