Swedish Modern rug from Viola Grasten for Nordiska Kompaniet, 1960’s


Viola Gråsten is celebrated in Sweden as a designer of mid-century printed textiles. But her first work in Sweden was as a rug designer. During the 1950s, the phrase “Gråsten-colour” became common in Sweden, describing particularly saturated, jewel-toned hues of purple, blue and green. Gråsten’s rya carpets had a deeper pile than was usual, as to make shadows that created a depth and intensity of her already vibrant colors.

Good, usage marks

width: 135 cm
length: 170 cm

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