Learning about

Weaving Studios:

mmfvintage.com/    This is the site of the Märta Måås Fjetterström workshop in Bastad, Sweden, which has been the premier atelier for Swedish rugs for close to a century. It continues to produce rugs to both earlier and current designs.  A part of the site is devoted to resale of older pieces.

Auction Houses and Dealers

The best way to learn about Swedish rugs is to look at them a lot, either on-line or in person. You can follow auction sites where these rugs are sold, and identify designers you are interested in. Look under headings such as vintage, Swedish, and Scandinavian. On most of the Swedish sites, you have the option to read information in English. You can also visit dealers and look at these rugs.

On some Swedish auction websites you can also search for individual kinds of rugs: flat weave rugs, called “rölakan,” or alternately “röllakan”; pile rugs, called flossa; and very furry rugs called “rya.” Tapestries are called “gobelangteknik” in Swedish. The following auction houses and dealers are worth visiting:

Bukowskis Auction House, Stockholm. https://www.bukowskis.com/

Doris Leslie Blau, New York City. http://www.dorisleslieblau.com/

First Dibs online auction site. http://www.1stdibs.com/

FJ Hakimian, New York City. http://www.fjhakimian.com/

Gallery BAC, New York City. http://www.gallerybac.com/

Jacksons, Stockholm.  http://www.jacksons.se/

JP Willborg, Stockholm.  http://www.jpwillborg.com/

Modernity, Stockholm.  http://www.modernity.se/

Nazmiyhal, New York City. nazmiyalantiquerugs.com/

Phillips Auction House, New York, London, etc.  https://phillips.com/auctions

Stockholms Auktionsverket, Stockholm http://online.auktionsverket.com

Wright Auction House, Chicago. http://www.wright20.com/

and auctionet.com for an online gallery of smaller auction houses around Sweden.

There are of course many smaller rug dealers and antiques dealers who sell these rugs, including sellers on both eBay and etsy. The more you know, the better you will be able to evaluate both the quality of information being presented about the rugs, and the prices.

Most of the auction houses have major rug auctions in late spring and late fall, and they often include these rugs in auctions of 20th-c design and furniture.

Caution: Several of the dealers who sell these rugs have also started their own lines of (near) copies of these rugs in larger sizes and custom colors.  These may attract certain clients, but if you are interested in original rugs, which are now mid-century antiques, be sure that is what you are looking at.   Look for phrases like “inspired by” , “contemporary Swedish,” and “Swedish design” as a way to distinguish the new from the old.

Libraries

Art and design libraries are another valuable source of design history, though many have restricted access. The following are ones I have found helpful:

American Swedish Institute Library, Minneapolis.

Bard Graduate Center Library, New York City.

Avery Library at Columbia University, New York City.

The Cooper Hewitt Library of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York City.

Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Museums:

Most of the major Swedish museums have collections of Swedish weaving. I don’t know enough about which museums have Swedish rugs or textiles on display, but hope to add to this area in time.  Since they are somewhat fragile, many of these textiles are in storage, except for exhibitions.

Other online sources:

https://digitaltmuseum.se/    This is a very good site, but hard to navigate in English alone.

Swedish museum websites (these are a few, but there are many other smaller museums:

www.nordiskamuseet.se/en/, rohsska.se/en/, textilmuseet.se/

 

If you discover other sources of information you think should be listed here, please contact me.