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.

Women of the Workshop

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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.

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Auction Results Märta Måås-Fjetterström

MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Natt och Dag carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Natt och Dag carpet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $50,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Blå Plump flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Blå Plump flatweave carpet

6' × 8'10" (183 × 269 cm)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $47,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Natt och Dag carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Natt och Dag carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $31,250
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Parkettmattan flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Parkettmattan flatweave carpet

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $27,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Rutig half-pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Rutig half-pile carpet

4'11" × 6'10" (150 × 208 cm)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $27,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Tusenskönan pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Tusenskönan pile carpet

6'10" × 9'11" (208 × 302 cm)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

carpet

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $25,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Rutig half-pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Rutig half-pile carpet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Ljusa Plador flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Ljusa Plador flatweave carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $21,250
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Lunden pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Lunden pile carpet

6'11" × 10'1" (211 × 307 cm)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, The Oak carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

The Oak carpet

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $18,750
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

carpet

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $17,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Körsbärsmattan flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Körsbärsmattan flatweave carpet

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $15,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Skvattram carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Skvattram carpet

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $15,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Bruna Heden flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Bruna Heden flatweave carpet

9'10" × 13'2" (300 × 401 cm)

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,000
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

carpet

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Örtagården pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Örtagården pile carpet

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,800
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Joakim pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Joakim pile carpet

8' × 11'9" (244 × 358 cm)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

carpet

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $12,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Munka Ljungby flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Munka Ljungby flatweave carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

carpet

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,875
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Grön äng flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Grön äng flatweave carpet

8'4" × 11'5" (254 × 348 cm)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,875
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, rare Bruna Heden flatweave carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

rare Bruna Heden flatweave carpet

10' × 13'10" (305 × 422 cm)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Örtagården pile carpet | wright20.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Örtagården pile carpet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250