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What is this?

Hanging with a large-scale design of interlocking crocuses in bright red, violet, white, green, orange, gray and brown.

Why is this important?

Using natural fibers and the ancient technique of tapestry weaving, Swedish designer Ann-Mari Forsberg created this vibrant wall hanging, featuring crocus flowers in rhythmic opposition. Many of Forsberg’s hangings feature a playful contrast between positive and negative shapes, and most are heavily geometric with a strong, though rarely pristine, sense of symmetry.
Red Crocus was one of many Scandinavian wall hangings donated to the museum by collector and House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon and exhibited in a celebratory exhibition at the Cooper Union, The Wonders of Thread, in 1965. The exhibition marked the growing popularity of Scandinavian design in the United States, and also the increasing recognition of textiles as an expressive medium. In the introduction to the Wonders of Thread exhibition catalogue, Gordon wrote that textiles are “excellent indicators of the metabolic health of the technical and artistic aspects of society.”

This is a hanging from Sweden. It is dated 1945 and we acquired it in 1964. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon.

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Its medium is

medium: linen warp, wool and linen weft technique: plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry) label: wool and linen tapestry

Its dimensions are

H x W: 214 x 140 cm (7 ft. 1/4 in. x 55 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Initials at both sides of bottom.

This object was woven by Ann-Mari Forsberg and designed by Ann-Mari Forsberg

This object was donated by Miss Elizabeth Gordon

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