Ingegerd Silow, 1916-2005, Sweden.

If anyone should have credit for having made Swedish kilims, rugs and tapestries available to everybody, it is Ingegerd Silow. Her rugs can be found in churches and church halls with the signature I.S.

Her career

Ingegerd Silow worked for the Association of Swedish Crafts. Initially, she was a pattern drawer and later an artistic coworker. She developed pattern compositions and bindings for rugs, upholstery fabrics and regular fabrics. She also made patterns for needleworks and prints. Some of her rug patterns were part of the two praised example collections “Carton 1 and 2” published by Swedish Crafts. She created a number of praised textile exhibitions, including a wool exhibition with Edna Martin. In addition to fabrics, Ingegerd also showed blankets and rugs, called “among the best since the passing of Märta Måås Fjetterström”.

Current representation

Ingegerd Silow never really stopped creating her own collections of curtains, blankets, rugs. She spent most of her time in the outer archipelago. This setting was also her main source of inspiration. Ingegerd is represented at the National museum in Stockholm as well as the the art hall Liljevalchs in Stockholm.

Popular patterns

Ingegerd Silow worked for the textile and rug company AB Heyman & Olesen with pattern drawing and textile industrial design. She used the advantages of machines to transpose her patterns to rugs and other interior fabrics. As one of Sweden’s finest textile artists, she was also hired by the magazine Husmodern. For nearly ten years she developed unique patterns within textile art for the readers.
Some of her Swedish kilims that are still in production. These are Ängen (The Meadow), Bladmosaik (Leaf mosaic), Höstlöv (Autumn leaf) and Vårvinter (Early spring). Earlier popular patterns include Malmsjön, Tåkern, Oviken, Skärgård (Archipelago) and Torvalla.

Ingegerd Silow’s signature

Ingegerd signs her carpets and tapestries with IS or I.S. Normally in the bottom right hand corner.

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