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Halv-flossa Sightings

As a rya fan, I love all variations of woven pile, including halv-flossa, which is a pile weave that doesn’t cover the whole woven base.  It’s popular in Norway, and several years ago I took a class on the technique at Vesterheim from Bergen-based teacher Ingebjørg Monsen (documented here and here).  Lately it seems I see halv-flossa everywhere.

It started with a wonderful description of halv-flossa Swedish rugs in a post, Halv-flossa, by Anne Whidden on The Swedish Rug Blog (my current favorite blog).  Here is a rug she featured, which I picked because I like woven lions.

Signe Asplund, “The arms of Grönköping” (“Grönköpings vapen”), Half-flossa, 49.2″ x46.1,” (125 x117 cm). Sold at Stockholms Auktionsverk; image via Auctionet.

The day after I read this post I visited my dermatologist. Her office is in International Design Square, which means that getting my skin checked included the perk of  walking by my favorite favorite rug store, Woven Arts. I  lingered over the gorgeous rugs, wished I had some tens of thousands of  dollars to buy a few, and considered amazing color combinations for my own work. This time I saw some wonderful Afghani rugs with partial pile, like these.

They were so charming, beautiful, and richly-colored.  Another Afghani rug had a very interesting edge treatment.

My serendipitous views of halv-flossa continued on a trip to Boston. On an afternoon stroll, we stopped at Anthropologie, where I  was most amazed at how  much really terrible quality fabric can  be in one supposedly-upscale store.  In the home  goods section, I spotted a halv-flossa-like pillow.

While it had the same tribal look as the  beautiful  Afghani rugs I  had recently seen, the  quality of the work and the fabric/yarns in the Anthropologie pillow were sleazy and inferior.  It’s the type of schlocky consumer good that makes me annoyed, a piece destined for a short life on a couch before entering the trash bin.  And yet it cost $88.

My half-flossa month went from the Swedish sublime, to the Afghan authentic, to the Anthropologie awful.



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