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Ingrid Hellman–Knafve: the Seasons of Sweden

December 05, 2019

The sophisticated designs of Ingrid Hellman-Knafve (1906-2003) combine a subtle sense of nature-inspired color and abstract, geometric patterns. For most of her life Hallman-Knafve lived in rural Sweden and her carpets seem to reflect a highly tuned sensitivity to the changing seasons in Sweden’s beautiful coastal and forest landscapes.  read more

Odin’s Wild Hunt

November 06, 2019

This extraordinary tapestry, new to the FJ Hakimian Collection, depicts the dramatic mythological scene of Odin’s Hunt. In this very early work of Märta Måås-Fjetterström, widely considered the greatest of all twentieth-century Swedish textile artists, we see her moving between established folk traditions, ancient sources, and modern visual idioms. read more

Ingrid Dessau: A Swedish Designer in New York

September 03, 2019

The FJ Hakimian collection has four carpets by the mid-twentieth century Swedish textile designer Ingrid Dessau. All of these works are sophisticated compositions by an artist with an exceptionally refined sense of color and design. Ingrid Dessau (née Peterson, 1923–2000) was a master of her craft whose works are beautiful expressions of a type of sophisticated modernism rooted in Swedish traditions. read more

Natural Abstractions: Brita Grahn

July 17, 2019

The FJ Hakimian Collection includes five works by Swedish designer Brita Grahn (1907–2013). Each composition is a restrained, intellectual abstraction that hints at the natural world as a source of inspiration. read more

Elsa Gullberg-Design Pioneer

June 13, 2019

Elsa Gullberg could be called the mother of Swedish Modern. She was an extraordinary figure, far ahead of her time as a designer, a textile innovator, and an entrepreneur. Born in Malmo in 1886 into a bourgeois family, she had wanted to be a doctor but because of her father’s early death she was forced to take another, more traditional path for a woman in her time. read more

ANDRÉ ARBUS

May 08, 2019

This usual and beautiful carpet was designed by the inimitable André Arbus, one of the most celebrated French designers of the twentieth century. His distinctive style blends the tradition of French neoclassicism with the bold modernism of second quarter of the century. In this carpet we see a truly characteristic work: intelligent and luxurious, with a bold, curvilinear design, charming details, and an audacious palette. read more

THE HOUSE THAT MӒRTA BUILT... 100th anniversary celebration

February 26, 2019

Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873-1941), a trained Swedish Textile artist was bit of a revolutionary - her life story and the subsequent establishment of the MMF Workshop is legendary amongst Textile collector’s world over. Today when a public institution or a Hollywood movie star wants something out of the ordinary to rest their eyes on, then the choice is often an MMF rug. read more

Pioneers of Abstraction: Hilma af Klint and Sweden's Textile Arts

February 18, 2019

The Hilma af Klint show at the Guggenheim was without question the New York art exhibition of the past year. This turn-of-the-century Swedish painter created a truly radical body of work in an abstract mode that preceded the works of the painters considered the fathers of abstraction Mondrian, Kandinsky, and Malevich.  read more

The Tuareg of the Sahara

January 24, 2019

The Tuareg tribe of North Africa have long captured the imaginations of outsiders. These people of the Sahara, sometimes called the “blue people,” are instantly recognizable as the quintessential desert warriors. Among the members of the tribe, it is the men, not the women, who are veiled. They wear visually striking and elegant indigo head wrappings that protect against the harsh climate and stain their skin.  read more

Finnish Innovations: the Textile Works of Greta Skogster-Lehtinen

December 10, 2018

Greta Skogster-Lehtinen was ahead of her time both as a pioneer of Finnish textile art and as an entrepreneur. Her textile designs are full of warmth and strength; earthy and crafted of vernacular materials, they evoke the natural world of the ancient Finnish landscape in a dynamic and modern visual language. read more

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