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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

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

Marianne Richter

May 05, 2020

Born in 1916 in Helsingborg, Sweden, Marianne Elisabet Richter was one of six children of a merchant and homemaker, and she found her calling early. She was discovered as a young student and first worked for the Swedish handicraft association in Växjö in her late teens, where she experimented with clay and other media. 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

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