Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s watercolour sketch to rug Vita Spetsporten.

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.

Vita Spetsporten

Märta Måås-Fjetterström was inspired to produce Vita Spetsporten (the white gate) on a visit to Knossos, Crete, where she saw ancient potsherds.

The first rug was woven for a 1934 exhibition at Liljevalchs, Stockholm, initiated by Märta Måås-Fjetterström. The rug was acquired by Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Spetsporten has been realised in different versions and dimensions. King Gustaf VI Adolf appreciated the pattern and kept a rug at Sofiero Palace. The King also presented it as a gift to Queen Elisabeth II of the United Kingdom on the occasion of her visit to Stockholm in 1956.

Exhibited are the rug from the Royal Collections, and also a newly weaved version of Vita Spetsporten, the largest copy made.

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

Knotted relief pile
Designed in 1934

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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