Nov 15, 2006



c. 1950


Viola Gråsten

(Swedish, born Finland, 1910–1994)


Nordiska Kompaniet

(Swedish, est. 1902)

Plain weave linen, loom width, printed

Overall: 97.2 x 130.8 cm (38 1/4 x 51 1/2 in.)

The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1954.200


Did you know?

Gråsten’s grid-patterned textiles were especially popular with young urban women in the 1950s.


Viola Gråsten’s textile patterns often use stark abstraction and geometry, a design feature of traditional native Finnish rugs. Her textile design Raff won her a gold medal at the important 1951 Triennale in Milan. Throughout the mid-20th century Gråsten continued to design abstract patterns that were especially popular among young consumers for their modernist flair.

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