Munka-Ljungby’ Swedish Kilim by MMF AB
A highly desirable and rare vintage ‘Munka-Ljungby’ flatweave wool carpet, with a colourful geometric diamond design on a cream ground, designed in 1933 by Sweden’s most celebrated textile artist and master weaver Märta Måås-Fjetterström, signed in the weave AB MMF.
Marta Maas-Fjetterström pioneered a modern form of rug art that was inspired by Swedish peasant textiles and persian carpets, but also by nature and the light Nordic summer. It is clear not only from the design, but also the colour palette, of which there would likely have been several variations, that this tapestry has taken influence from both of the latter sources.
In 1924 the textile expert and art historian Ernst Fischer was driven to remark upon the works MMF had exhibited at the Malmo Museum, he wrote in Meddelanden fran Sydsvenska Foreningen for Konsthantverk (Notes from the Craft Association of Southern Sweden):
“In her art, MMF builds on old textile traditions, which have been created and still exist mainly in the south of our country. However, she only BUILDS on these traditions and develops them in a modern spirit. She does not copy works made or complied by others. She does not even avail herself of the given colour range. The artist picks up some motifs, simplifies them, transforms them and breathes new life into them with a new colouration, which is purely personal, powerful and full-bodied, mature and fresh. Miss Fjetterstrom’s works are from the beginning carefully planned in a textile mode.”