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A length of strong, high-quality vintage cotton fabric screenprinted in a classic 1950s midcentury modern colour combination of mustardy yellow and brown with a finely drawn design of leaves outlined in black in the style of Viola Gråsten. Measuring 121 by 219 cm, the textile is raw at top and botto..
£65.00
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This four-metre length of original 1970s cotton fabric has never been used and is in crisp, as-new condition. A strong, medium-weight furnishing fabric measuring 121 cm wide and 403 cm long (it has been folded in half lengthways in the accompanying photo), it was sourced in Berlin and is believed to..
£250.00
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Measuring 294 cm wide and with a maximum drop of 125 cm and a minimum of 49 cm, this valance or curtain pelmet cover is made from fabric produced by Heals and designed by Barbara Brown in 1965. Entitled Omega, the textile's bold geometric design is rendered in dark brown, tan, bright orange and rich..
£125.00
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This Bauhaus-like Vasarely-style textile is in mint unused condition, and its woven op-art design is fully reversible, appearing on the reverse side with inverted colouring – so that what is gold on one side is ivory on the other and vice versa. Measuring 32 x 91 cm (103 cm including the tassels), t..
£35.00
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This circular cotton tablecloth was made in Norway in the 1970s and is screenprinted with an op-art target design in olive green on a white background and finished at the edge with a 1 cm wide white cotton binding. It has a diameter of 134 cm and is in very good condition with some evidence of previ..
£49.00
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Sourced in Denmark, this vividly colourful art textile dates to the 1960s or early 70s and has a bold graphic design in lime green, red and orange on a white background. The 100% cotton panel is finished on all four sides, the top and bottom edges having a narrow hem, and left and right sides being ..
£99.00
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This crisp cotton fabric panel was purchased in Denmark and dates to the late 1970s. The geometric interlocking double-axehead design was created by Verner Panton and is entitled Puzzle I (ref. Vitra Design Museum 2001, Verner Panton: The Collected Works, pp.332–3). Measuring 96cm wide by 126cm in l..
£95.00
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This screenprinted artwork was produced in the 1960s by Danish art textiles company Grautex. The design, entitled Bambus, was created by artist Kirsten Rømer and features a cluster of bamboo plants printed in avocado green on a light-to-medium-weight natural unbleached cotton. The piece is finished ..
£245.00
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Purchased in Finland, this vintage midcentury modern candystripe textile is in perfect as-new condition. The lightweight but closely woven and high-quality fabric appears to be a wool/linen/manmade mix, measuring 130 x 229 cm and finished on all four sides. Ideal for use as a throw, wall-hanging or ..
£85.00
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This medium-weight furnishing fabric has a strongly slubbed texture and a flowing abstract design suggesting botanical and Japanese influences, printed in a rich palette of warm browns and golden beige with white highlights. Dating to the 1970s and measuring 119 x 180 cm, the fabric is in excellent ..
£95.00
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Geometric op-art meets flowing psychedelic in this four-metre length of vintage-but-never-used 70s fabric, which measures 124 cm wide and 406 cm long (it has been folded in half lengthwise in the accompanying photo). The striking interweaving chequerboard pattern is printed on a white background in ..
£295.00
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Measuring 122 x 208 cm, this mint and unused fabric is a lightweight and translucent polyester printed with a large-scale op-art sunburst motif in monochrome greys and black on a white background...
£22.00
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Original Scandinavian modern fabrics from the 50s, 60s & 70s

What's special about vintage modern Scandinavian fabrics?

Modern Scandinavian textile design in the period spanning the late 1950s through to the late 1970s can be roughly divided into three broad style categories:
Stylised designs taken from nature, especially trees, leaves and flowers, as seen in the work of textile designers such as Josef Frank, Saini Salonen and Viola Gråsten. These designs are especially prevalent in Swedish textiles from the postwar period, with prominent producers including Borås Wäfveri.
Geometric designs as seen in the work of designers such as Verner Panton. Outside Scandinavia, geometric fabric designs were also very popular in the midcentury era in Germany and the UK, with artists including Barbara Brown and Peter Perritt designing textiles for prestigious companies such as Heals.
Semi-abstract art designs as seen in the work of fabric designers like Maija Isola and Marjatta Metsovaara. Textiles in this style were especially popular in Finland, where designs tended to be particularly bold and on a very large scale and were produced by companies including Marimekko, Tampella and Finlayson. In the UK, Heals and David Whitehead also produced many fabrics in this style, with notable designers including Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler and John Piper.

Many of the best Scandinavian modern fabric designs from this era have proved to be perennial classics that have continued to resonate throughout the 50-plus years since they were created. Indeed, a number of such designs have been brought back into production, sometimes in new colourways, and their influence can also be seen in many of today's contemporary fabric designs. The quality of the original fabrics and print techniques from the 50s, 60s and 70s are, however, rarely if ever matched by today's productions, while the colours of the originals tend to be more distinctively characteristic of their era.

How to use Scandinavian fabrics from the 50s, 60s & 70s

We often use these stunning vintage fabrics in the way they were originally intended – as curtains, as tablemats and tablecloths, or as headscarves. But our favourite tip is to use them as wall hangings, which emphasises their identity as the works of art they really are and is also a really easy and cost-effective way to introduce a strong Scandinavian midcentury modern ambience into a room.