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Rare Refinement: the Swedish Grace Movement

September 03, 2021

Swedish Grace was an exquisite, early twentieth-century design movement, that remains largely unknown today. Prior to the more famous, minimalist Swedish designs that were to develop in the post-war period, Swedish Grace developed in parallel with the more famous Art Deco movement. read more

The Modern Masterpieces of Ingegerd Silow

July 02, 2021

Ingegerd Silow (1916-2005) was one of the most prolific and influential Swedish carpet designers of the midcentury. During her long career she designed an extraordinary number of carpets and rugs, mostly in the flatweave rölakan style. read more

Pantone's Colors of the Year: A Dichotomy in Design in a Post-Pandemic World

May 07, 2021

Perhaps the most important visual element of a rug is its colors—a color scheme is a luxury rug’s best chance at showing its personality and establishing its presence. Pantone, the authority on color in the design world, has selected two contrasting colors for 2021 (as opposed to the usual one): Ultimate Gray (which lives up to its namesake) and Illuminating, a bright and cheery lemon-yellow shade. read more

Carpets in Bloom

March 10, 2021

Floral patterns have been a leading trend in interior design in the last few years. Whether on walls, upholstery, or underfoot, blossoms look wonderfully fresh and optimistic. Floral and botanic patterns, be they large and bold, or small and delicate, radiate positivity and bring the natural world inside. read more

5 Reasons to Love Swedish Carpets

January 22, 2021

Given its small size, it is extraordinary how monumental Sweden’s achievements are in the world of modern design. This small northern nation has had a remarkably consistent output of beautiful and functional design over the last hundred years, and in no other category has this been more true than in the textiles and carpets. read more

Classic Blue

July 02, 2020

When surveyed, more than half of all people say that their favorite color is blue, so it is not surprising that this color remains a perennial classic in interior design. Evoking both the sea and the sky at twilight, it is a color that can add either drama or tranquility to an interior. Many designers consider it a pleasing alternative to more prevailing neutrals such as grey and beige. With all the uncertainty of 2020, it seems fitting that Pantone choose this reliable, reassuring shade, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, as their color of the year.  read more

Sigvard Bernadotte: the Design Prince of Sweden

May 29, 2020

Sigvard Bernadotte is best known for his work designing silver for the Danish firm Georg Jensen. Many of these works are considered twentieth century design classics and are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and countless other prestigious museums and institutions around the world. read more

Green: The Countdown to Spring

April 08, 2020

With a new decade upon us and spring not too far away, there is something about the color green that seems particularly of the current moment right now. The color is something of an antidote to the modern world—even, you might say, a new way of life  in the twenty-first century—and a green rug can add a balancing and transformative  element to an environment. 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

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