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. Read more about the treasury of patterns.

"Look at the rugs – find me"

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