Barbro Nilsson 1899–1983

Barbro Nilsson trained as a textile artist and was a very skilled weaver. The daughter of Swedish architect and designer Erik Lundberg, she went on to study at the Brunssons Vävskola and Tekniska School in Stockholm (now known as Konstfack.) 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, 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. She 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. Though Barbro Nilsson died in 1983, her textile designs continue to be coveted by decorative art collectors.

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