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Woven tapestry “Unicorn in the forest”
  • Woven tapestry “Unicorn in the forest”

    TitleWoven tapestry “Unicorn in the forest”
  • Technique/ MaterialHautelisse. Rectangular vertical image field, surrounded by a 19 cm wide border
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 224 x 128 cm
  • DatingDesign c. 1915
  • Artist/Maker Designed and made by: Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Swedish, born 1873, dead 1941
  • CategoryApplied art and design, Textiles
  • Inventory No.NMK 34/1966
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1966
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
    Images and media

    The unicorn is the main subject of this pictorial tapestry. It hides among the trees, waiting for a maiden. A recurring shape in the design is the rhombus. Märta Måås-Fjetterström was an early entrepreneur, setting up her weaving business in Båstad in 1919. She mainly designed carpets based on the flossa knotted-pile technique, which were woven by skilled workers. Animals and plants are common in her designs, but also geometrical shapes produced in a variety of colour combinations.