Tall rectangle with different shades of red, orange, and blue emanating from a central dark red rectangle
Catalog #: 
35
Date: 
1979
Subject Matter: 
Non-Objective

Medium: Rya rug, wool and cotton
Size: 71 x 57 in.
Location: Outside N310 LC
Donor: Donated by E.F. Lindquist; conservation and exhibition generously supported by Professor Emeritus H. Dee and Myrene Hoover.

About the Artwork

This rug was manufactured by Suomen Käsityön Ystävät in Helsinki, Finland. Rya rugs originated as a thick bed cover to keep people warm in the long winter months. Industrialization in the nineteenth century led to inexpensive, poorly made mass-produced rugs, and they fell out of favor. However, in the early twentieth century, artists renewed their interest in this art form.

Bibliography

"Uhra Simberg-Ehrstrom, Munkki." Color on the Concrete, UTS Art Collection, http://colourontheconcrete.net/portfolio/uhra-simberg-ehrstrom-munkki/

Keywords: 
Suomen Käsityön Ystävät, Friends of Finnish Handicraft, Non-Objective, Textile, Geometric Shapes

More about Uhra Simberg-Ehrström

1914-1979
Nationality: 
Finnish
Biography: 

Uhra Simberg-Ehrstöm joined the Friends of Finnish Handicraft in 1937. The organization design and produced high-quality, handmade products using tradition methods. Simberg-Ehrström showed her work throughout Europe and North America. She represented Finland at four Triennales of Design and the  World Expo in Montreal (1967).