A Legacy of Innovation
& Excellence in Textile Design

By Martin Chard, International Executive at Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Solid, simple and beautiful. In an essay from 1905, Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873–1941) defined her ambitions for Swedish handicrafts while heading the Malmö Handicraft Association; living and working in a time of great change, with an ambivalence between the possibilities of modernity and mass production and a fear for a loss of identity and traditional knowledge, she had a vision for new designs rooted in the rich heritage of Swedish folklore but combined with contemporary and new influences. Her ideas did not find fertile ground at the Malmö Handicraft Association, an association mainly interested in reproducing old designs, and Måås-Fjetterström was subsequently let go. A great blow to Måås-Fjetterström at the time, but it would later prove to be a stroke of luck.

Women of the Workshop

Historical Images

Nader Bolour is the man behind the remarkable offerings in this sale. Bolour’s destiny was wrapped in the luxurious world of carpets. He grew up around them, his grandfather establishing Rahim Bolour & Son Carpets in Iran before the family relocated to London in 1979 where, as a boy, Bolour worked in his father’s warehouse sweeping and cleaning carpets. In 1998, just three years after establishing his presence in New York, Bolour acquired the venerable gallery Doris Leslie Blau

The Doris Leslie Blau gallery was founded in 1965 by Doris Blau, who became a legend in the world of design for her outstanding collection of avant-garde and antique carpets from around the globe. Blau likened carpets to sculpture appreciating their tactile and sensual nature, inviting clients into a homey gallery where they could take their time in selecting the perfect carpet for their homes. 

With a keen eye and wealth of knowledge, Bolour continues in the footsteps of his renowned predecessor, offering exceptional carpets as well as creating bespoke rugs that are certain to become the classics of tomorrow. 

Märta Måås-Fjetterström 1873–1941

For nearly a century the Märta Måås-Fjetterström workshop has been producing carpets, textiles and weavings of the highest quality and craftsmanship. The company was formed in 1919 by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, an innovative and influential artist who revived declining weaving techniques and introduced the exploration of texture in her carpet designs. During her lifetime, Måås-Fjetterström created more the 700 original patterns blending folk and traditional handicrafts with Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

When Måås-Fjetterström passed away in 1941, the renowned textile artist Barbro Nilsson became the workshop’s director. Nilsson, along with Ann-Mari Forsberg, Marianne Richter, Kaisa Melanton and other designers, continued in Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s footsteps creating innovative and colorful hand-woven masterpieces.

Auction Results Märta Måås-Fjetterström

MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Blommande träd pile carpet | ragoarts.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Blommande träd pile carpet

8' × 16'3" (244 × 495 cm)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $17,500
MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM, Dukater flatweave carpet | ragoarts.com

Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Dukater flatweave carpet

9' × 10'7" (274 × 323 cm)

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $20,000