Storheten i hantverket - Made by Hand

Alla mattor som tillverkas i Märta Måås-Fjetterströms ateljé bär på en historia. Bakom varje kvadratmillimeter matta, vävd för hand, ligger ett mänskligt medvetet val. Ingen konstväverska är den andra lik och därför är också varje matta unik.

I en tid då avståndet mellan producent och konsument växer blir vissa frågor allt viktigare: Varifrån kommer min vara? Hur är den gjord och av vem? En matta från Märta Måås-Fjetterström är tillverkad på plats i Båstad av samma hantverkskunniga händer från början till slut. Inslag för inslag, knut efter knut, inget går att hoppa över eller skyndas på – hantverket tar sin tid.

Tolv skickliga konstväverskor arbetar i de stora platsbyggda vävstolarna. Nyanställda väver sida vid sida med de som arbetat på företaget i årtionden för att säkerställa att kunskapen förs vidare från generation till generation.  Vävtekniken, tätheten, materialvalet är noga utprovat under snart ett sekel och en fantastisk skatt att förvalta och utveckla.

I sommarens utställningen får besökare möjlighet att följa processen från skiss till färdig matta, en inblick i det arbete som ligger bakom en matta från Märta Måås-Fjetterström och vad som gör den så unik. Vår förhoppning är att ge svar på den vanligaste frågan till väverskorna: Hur lång tid tar det att väva en matta?

Sommarens utställning är öppen måndag - lördag 12 - 18, till och med 24 augusti


Following a successful collaboration last year, Tina Seidenfaden Busck, founder of The Apartment in Copenhagen, journeys to the exclusive Swedish seaside resort of Båstad to curate a summer exhibition for the legendary weaving studio, Märta Måås-Fjetterström. Organised under the theme of wall hangings, Tina Seidenfaden Busck will focus her practised and considered eye on exquisite examples from Märta Måås-Fjetterström herself, Barbro Nilsson, Marianne Richter, Ann-Mari Forsberg and Karin Mamma Andersson, mixing these with beautiful items of furniture and works of art by her own roster of internationally renowned designers and artists, as well as vintage pieces, for a unique and inspiring environment. Participating designers and artists include Muller Van Severen, Michael Anastassiades, Ilse Crawford, McCollin Bryan, Azucena, Cathrine Raben Davidsen and Rune Bruun Johansen. 

Since its opening in Copenhagen in 2011, The Apartment has become a must-visit space of art and design, esteemed for its inventory of tasteful, colorful and timeless design pieces, ranging from lighting to objects and soft furnishings. Its ethos perfectly complements that of Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s, founded in 1919, which is celebrated around the world for producing variegated, hand-woven and utterly distinct designs. Last year The Apartment presented a joint exhibition with MMF, pairing elegant, spare lighting by London designer Michael Anastassiades with 10 rugs from the Märta Måås-Fjetterström Studio, including one by the artist Karin Mamma Andersson. Between 2002 and 2014, the Swedish studio emphasized its links to contemporary art by realizing unique textile works with contemporary artists, among them Olafur Eliasson and Queen Margrethe II.
TINA SEIDENFADEN BUSCK, FOUNDER OF THE APARTMENT “I am delighted to be curating Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s summer exhibition at its home in Båstad this year, following our happy collaboration last year at The Apartment in Copenhagen. Märta Måås-Fjetterström produces extraordinary woven textiles in addition to the rugs for which it is famous. I am excited to be revealing beautiful examples of vintage wall hangings and combining them with selected pieces of art and furniture by the designers and artists, I work closely with.”

ANGELICA PERSSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM AB “After the successful exhibition last year – when Märta Måås-Fjetterström visited The Apartment in Copenhagen – we know that Tina Seidenfaden Busck at The Apartment, with her strong sensibility and professional eye, can shine new light on MMF wall hangings - and with a modern twist pair them with selected internationally recognized art and design. We are very happy to offer this beautiful coalition to our many visitors at the Märta Måås-Fjetterström Studio in Båstad this summer.”

The exhibition opens on the 27th of June and closes on the 27th of August, 2016

ABOUT THE APARTMENT  The Apartment is an interior design gallery housed in an elegant eighteenth-century house in the heart of Copenhagen. Tina Seidenfaden Busck opened the space in 2011. Formerly she worked with Sotheby’s for more than 10 years in both London and Copenhagen. Her lifelong passion for design and contemporary art is evident in her interiors.
ABOUT MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM AB The Märta Måås-Fjetterström Studio was founded in 1919 in Sweden by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, one of the leading textile artists of the early twentieth century. Märta Måås-Fjetterström bequeathed 700 designs that form the studio’s heritage after her death in 1941. Starting in 1942, contemporary artists, including Barbro Nilsson, Marianne Richter and Ann-Mari Forsberg, have continuously contributed with many new works. Today 15 artisan weavers create hand-woven rugs in the MMF studio that adorn homes, public institutions, companies, embassies and churches.

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The Wall Street Journal

When Wall Street Journal did their summary of coming interior trends for 2016, Scandinavian rugs were mentioned and especially rugs from Märta Måås-Fjetterström. 

"“With elegantly balanced geometric compositions, these rugs are a sophisticated answer to the omnipresent neutrals and sisals,” said Los Angeles designer Madeline Stuart, who is fond of early-20th-century designs from the company Märta Måås-Fjetterström. The somewhat folksy carpets adapt to a variety of contexts. “The restraint of Scandinavian design works with both contemporary and traditional interiors,” noted San Francisco designer Heather Hilliard."

 Blåarp designed by Barbro Nilsson in 1962. 


Between 2002 and 2014, the MMF artistic advisory committee selected contemporary artists to design the MMF Textile of the Year. The artist's sketch was interpreted into a unique textile work of art by skilled artisan weavers at the studio in Båstad, Sweden.

The members of MMF's artistic advisory committee are Bo Nilsson, Chief Curator at Artipelag; Pontus Bonnier, art collector; Mailis Stensman, author and critic; Angelica Persson, MD, MMF AB and Ulrik Swedrup, Chairman of MMF AB. 


The Atlantic

Karin Mamma Andersson photographed in 2014 by Patrick Miller/Manocamera. 

Karin Mamma Andersson photographed in 2014 by Patrick Miller/Manocamera. 

A tribute to the sea. Handwoven by Elsa Mörk, Johanna Pettersson, Helen Carlsson and Eva Forslund at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. Relief-woven dense rya rug. Wool and linen on linen warp. 245 x 315 centimeters. 

It is a lament for all the whales, mussels, shrimps, jellyfish and salty swims. An incantation against poisoning, oil spills and overfishing.
— Karin Mamma Andersson, 2014


Snöfrid's Distillery Pictogram 2012


Handwoven by Elsa Mörk and Linnéa Blomgren at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. Relief, dense rya rug. Relief knotted pile with details in flatware. 250 x 250 centimeters. 

For an artist whose intelligent works contain
an multitude of meanings - tackling important social issues without lectures - allowing the viewer to be participating and compassionate.
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2012


            Eliasson photographed by             Jacob Jørgensen

            Eliasson photographed by
            Jacob Jørgensen

The green glass carpet

Handwoven by Petra Elström, Margareta Westdahl and Elisabet Andersson at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. A special technique was developed for this piece. Wool on linen warp. 200 x 300 centimeters. 

Olafur Eliasson is doubtless one of contemporary art’s most influential artists. His field of activities spans from photography to installation, architecture and, more recently, film. With his versatility in a multitude of media, he combines age-old craftsmanship with high technologies that challenge
our modes of perceiving and our conceptions of space and time. Olafur Eliasson is thus no stranger to the textile art form represented by Måås-Fjetterström. We look forward with great excitement to his contribution
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2010


Coastal Landscape

Since 1970, HM Queen Margrethe has been actively engaged in a number of artistic modes of expression: painting, church textiles, watercolours, prints, book illustrations, découpage works, scenography and embroidery. A great many of these artistic works have been shown in connection with exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. The Queen’s artistic works are represented at the following art museums: Statens Museum for Kunst [the Danish national gallery], Aarhus Art Museum, ARoS, and Køge Art Gallery Sketch Collection [sketches for church textiles].

Handwoven by Margareta Westdahl and Monica Nilsson at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. wool on linen warp. Knotted pile. 150 x 200 centimeters.


Double White Venus

Handwoven by Berit Håkansson and Eva Forslund at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Dense rya rug. 170 x 227 centimeters. Wool and linen, linen-warp. 

Double White Venus was acquired by the National Public Art Council Sweden.

               Edefalk photographed by Carl-Henrik                          Tillberg

               Edefalk photographed by Carl-Henrik          

Cecilia Edefalk is one of Swedish contemporary art’s most internationally active artists. Her consistent and explorative imagery of specially selected themes is captivating and her watercolour-like way of painting is fascinating...
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2008



Handwoven by Birgit Svensson and Elsa mörk at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. Knotted pile. Wool on linen warp. 200 x 289 centimeters. Upstairs was acquired by the National Public Art Council Sweden and placed in the Swedish Cabinet Office. 

Jens Fänge has in his works often shown his fascination for stage design-like spaces in slightly pastel-like colours, however with some poisoness green tone. Like in a surrealistic play and into a riddle we are transferred...
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2007


On the carpet

Handwoven by Birgitta Helgesson and Margareta Krantz at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Flatware, soumak and knotted pile. 244 x 344 centimeters. Wool and linen, linen-warp. 

Charlotte Gyllenhammar is selected as the Artist of the Year for a body of work, which, in a variety of media, has the ability to depict a personal and universal living space in which childhood and the family’s shrinking life space is contrasted with society’s politically charged space which stands
our human condition on end.
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2006


The Brain Carpet

Handwoven by Iris Ivarsson and Petra Elström at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Relief pile. 200 x 238 centimeters. Wool, linen silk and gold, linen-warp. 

Maria Miesenberger displays interesting meetings where a flora of patterns, closely related to the rich imagery of the Orient, co-exists with rather more in-depth exploration of the patterns of the individual body...
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2005


The Coachman

Handwoven by Berit Håkansson and Margareta Westdahl at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Knotted pile. 280 x 280 centimeters. Wool on linen-warp. 

...for his uncompromising work in which he constantly moves in the interface of drawing, collage and painting. Firmly he romances an imagery of humans, animals, nature and architecture, which sometimes originate in folk art and sometimes in the disorder of some absurd dream...
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2004


The Peeper

Handwoven by Monica Nilsson and Eva Forslund at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Relief rya and knotted pile. 256 x 220 centimeters. Wool, linen and goat hair, linen-warp

In 2003 the artistic advisory committee awarded the doyen of the Swedish art scene, Elis Ernst Eriksson. Like a one-man movement in Swedish art, Eriksson has eschewed traditional media in their refined forms and instead applied a Dadaist “kitchen-midden” of media, in which Elis Eriksson has made the rules.
— The MMF Artistic Advisory Committee, 2003
Eriksson photographed by Mails 

Eriksson photographed by Mails 



Handwoven by Birgit Svensson at Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Båstad, Sweden. Relief pile. 160 x 206 centimeters. Wool and linen, linen-warp. 

The first year’s prize was awarded to Marie-Louise Ekman who is not only a wide-ranging visual artist, working with painting, drawing, objects, sculpture and graphic work, but also pursues a career as a filmmaker, playwright and author...
..Marie-Louise Ekman’s depiction of the Madonna does not bring out the corporality of figure. On the contrary, her body is enveloped in a veil-like substance that may be interpreted as fabric or foam. It is a substance that lends a feeling of spirituality and immaterial presence to the Madonna figure.

MMF + Hope

The inspiration for the co-operation is a crossover between Märta Måås-Fjetterström's typical ”rölakan” weaving technique with the national romanticism translated into a modern design with street-sporty influences leaning towards a 70’s feeling.

The epicentre material is a wool cotton jacquard with the translated the pattern ”Svarta Fällen” together with prints inspired by the water colour sketches from Märta Måås-Fjetterström's archive.