Nationalmuseum has added a rug designed by Gustaf Fjaestad to its collection of 20th-century Swedish textiles. The rug, featuring a motif with the title Goshawk, was woven by the artist’s sisters, Anna and Amelie Fjaestad, in 1927. Gustaf Fjaestad, a member of the National Romantic school, was noted for his skill in combining acute observations of nature with ornamental design. In this piece, he was influenced by 1920s Art Deco. At the turn of the 20th century, a group of artists led by Gustaf Fjaestad and his wife Maja established a colony on the shores of Lake Racken, north of Arvika in the Swedish province of Värmland. The group, often referred to as the Racken Group or the Rackstad Colony, included several other artists and expanded over time to include practitioners of various fine crafts: textiles, blacksmithing, ceramics and furniture making. Gustaf’s sisters

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