Length of furnishing fabric: Oomph

For Nordiska Kompaniet's Textilkammare (Swedish)

Object Place: Sweden


Overall: 236.2 x 87 cm (93 x 34 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, screen-printed

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts


Silk screen

Abstract design of triangles arranged in circular swirls, printed in two shades of blue, green, purple and black. Printed in selvedge: “Oomph / Komp Av Viola Grasten / NK’s Texilkammare”

The MFA recently purchased two late 1950s textiles by Scandinavian designer Viola Grasten that are part of a monochromatic series based on trees. But Grasten was equally famous for her use of deep, saturated colors, as seen here. “Oomph” is her most famous design, and a testament to her skill as a colorist. This length is believed to be an early printing, and is in excellent condition.


Purchased through internet auction by Susan Ward, 2006; Purchased by the MFA, March 21, 2007

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund


Reproduced with permission.