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Original vintage midcentury modern textiles from Scandinavia

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1950s midcentury modern Swedish fabric with leaves design

A length of strong, high-quality vintage cotton fabric screenprinted in a classic 1950s midcentury m..


Barbara Brown for Heals original 1960s Omega fabric valance/pelmet cover

Measuring 294 cm wide and with a maximum drop of 125 cm and a minimum of 49 cm, this valance or curt..


Bauhaus/Vasarely-style vintage op art table runner

This Bauhaus-like Vasarely-style textile is in mint unused condition, and its woven op-art design is..


Danish midcentury modern art print silkscreen tablemats

Offered for sale as a pair, these exceptional Danish midcentury modern tablemats were produced in De..


Finlayson of Finland midcentury modern wool mix woven textile throw

Purchased in Finland, this vintage midcentury modern candystripe textile is in perfect as-new con..


Flowing abstract design fabric in warm earth colours vintage 1970s

This medium-weight furnishing fabric has a strongly slubbed texture and a flowing abstract design su..


Georg Jensen Damask 1970s op art table place mats orange

These three tablemats were made in the 1970s and measure approximately 31 x 45 cm and are offered to..


Georg Jensen Damask 1970s op art table place mats purple

These three tablemats were made in the 1970s and measure approximately 31 x 45 cm and are offered to..


Monochrome op art sunburst fabric unused 1970s

Measuring 122 x 208 cm, this mint and unused fabric is a lightweight and translucent polyester pr..


Pirkko Hammarberg for Barker Suomi Finland art textile original 1970s

Purchased in the city of Turku in Finland, this vintage 100% cotton art textile was produced by the ..


Purple/blue psychedelic op-art warping chequerboard textile 1960s

This strong, heavyweight cotton textile was made in Denmark and has a op-art geometric chequerboa..


Semi-translucent curtain with red bubbles design, 1960s/70s Danish

This single curtain with a red bubbles design in orange, pink and red on a white background measures..


Single curtain by Boras Wavferi of Sweden with bold flowers design, 70s

This single vintage curtain was purchased in Sweden and is in excellent condition. It measures 120 c..


Swedish midcentury modern autumn leaves vintage cotton canvas 1970s

This huge and heavy canvas-like cotton textile was made in Sweden in the 1970s and is a classic Swed..


Swedish midcentury textile with reeds and bulrushes design in earth colours

Purchased in Sweden, this vintage midcentury textile measures 117 x 189 cm and is hemmed at top and ..


Tablemats (2) Danish 60s green & blue slubbed fabric

A pair of 1960s Danish tablemats in excellent condition made from a heavy slubbed cotton fabric a..


Verner Panton Mira-X Spectrum red Curve fabric tablemats original 1970s

Purchased in Denmark and offered for sale as a set of 6, these tablemats were made in the 1970s in a..


Vintage headscarf with bold graphic design, 1970s

Measuring 67 x 68cm, this 1970s headscarf has a bold, hand-drawn graphic artwork in which a calligra..


Vintage headscarf with concentric squares design in neutral colours, 1970s

Measuring 58 x 59 cm, this vintage 1970s headscarf has a Verner Panton-llike geometric design of con..


Vintage headscarf with geometric curve design in warm neutrals, 1960s

Measuring 76 cm square, this vintage 1960s headscarf has a geometric curve design in warm neutral sh..


Vintage headscarf with geometric design in reds and neutrals, 1970s

Measuring 64 x 68 cm, this vintage 1970s headscarf has a geometric design in two shades of red and b..


Vintage headscarf with links design in orange and brown, 1960s

Measuring 64 x 68 cm, this vintage 1960s headscarf has a geometric links design in warm shades of or..


Vintage headscarf with magenta waveform design

Measuring 66cm (26 inches) square, this vintage 1960's–1970's headscarf is made of a man-made tex..


Vintage headscarf with psychedelic butterflies design, 1980s

Measuring 86 x 87 cm, this vividly coloured headscarf has a lustrous silky satin texture and is made..


Vintage headscarf with psychedelic design in pinks and browns, 1960s

Measuring 67 cm square, this vintage 1960s headscarf has a psychedelic design in two shades of pink ..


Vintage headscarf with psychedelic Vasarely-style op-art design, 1960s

Measuring 66 x 67 cm, this vintage 1960s headscarf has a psychedelic op-art design in cyan, purple a..


Vintage scarf with stripes design in classic 1970s colours

Measuring 18 x 113cm and in excellent condition, this vintage polyester scarf has a design of stripe..


Original Scandinavian modern fabrics from the 50s, 60s & 70s

What's so 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 Maija Isola 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 presitigious 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 from the 50s, 60s and 70s is, however, rarely if ever matched by today's productions. We also love the distinctive and highly characteristic colours and print techniques of the originals.

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

We often use these stunning vintage fabrics in exactly 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.