A large flat weave "Rölakan" carpet designed by Astrid Sampe. It is hand woven with a geometric pattern where the main colors are mélange brown and beige with elements of mustard yellow, green and dusty pink.
Size (excl. fringes):
Length 242 cm (8‘’)
Width 170 cm (5‘ 8‘’)
Material: Hand woven wool with linen threads
Condition: The rug is in very good condition with some wear and losses to fringes.
Anna Astrid Sampe was born May 27, 1909 in Nacka just outside Stockholm and she died January 1, 2002 in Farsta, Stockholm. She was a Swedish designer who mainly worked with textile design.
Astrid Sampe was the daughter of the manufacturer Otto Sampe and Anna Larson. She went to the Technical School in Stockholm 1928-1932 and later to the Royal College of Art in London. In 1937 she started as a designer at Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), where she became head of NK's newly established Textile Chamber a year later. In 1939, she worked with Sven Markelius with the design of the Swedish pavilion at the World Exhibition in New York. She also collaborated with furniture designer Elias Svedberg.
At the H55, Helsingborg exhibition in 1955, she initiated a revolution of the Swedish linen. New styles, patterns and colors on sheets, napkins and kitchen towels.
In 1972 Sampe left NK and started her own studio in Stockholm to design textiles and furnishings. Sampe is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm and the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg.
Astrid Sampe received the Grand Prix at the Milano Triannual in 1954, the Gregor Paulsson Trophy in 1956 and received a Doctor Honoris Causaat at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Gothenburg in 1989.
Note: This is a vintage carpet and it might have wear, stains or other remarks. It will be properly cleaned when it is sent to you. If you want a more detailed condition report of an item please contact us before buying.