Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s watercolour sketch to rug Svarta Trädgårdsmattan.

Märta Måås-Fjetterström's sketches for her rugs are retained at the Fundraising Foundation for the Preservation of Knowledge of Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s Rugs and Weaving. Click to see image of the rug.

Svarta Trädgårdsmattan

Svarta Trädgårdsmattan rug (black garden rug), designed in 1923, is often referred to as Måås-Fjetterström’s 'Rolls Royce'.

Inspired by the tall, ancient oaks in her childhood garden, Måås-Fjetterström has composed a magnificent flossa rug with an oriental feel to it. The oaks still stand to this day at the vicarage in Vadstena.

It has been woven for, among others, the Supreme Court of Sweden and the boardroom of Handelsbanken.

A very large Svarta Trädgårdsmatta was on the loom when she passed away in the spring of 1941. That rug was one of the last to be signed MMF.


Click on the sketch to see the image of the rug.
Photo sketch: Anette Nilsson
Photo rug: Sanna Argus Tirén/Royalpalaces.se

Knotted pile
Designed in 1923

Märta Måås-Fjetterström invariably painted the sketches for her rugs and weavings in watercolour. Thanks to her sketches, the craftsmanship and the cultural heritage live on.

"Look at the rugs – find me"

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