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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

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

Märta Måås-Fjetterström at the Royal Palace in Stockholm

February 18, 2020

In honor of the centenary of the founding of Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s studio in Båstad, Sweden, the Royal Palace in Stockholm is putting on a major exhibition of this influential textile artist’s work. From October 2019 to April 2020, the public will have a chance to view a selection of works from the collection of the Swedish royal family. read more

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

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

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

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