Frida Hansen’s Beautiful Black Roses

During this whole pandemic isolation, I have been enormously grateful that I was able to travel to Norway last year (May 2019) with a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation. What if I had applied this year?! Seeing my old friends, making new friends, experiencing Stavanger, delving into the life and work of Frida Hansen–my time in Norway and Denmark has enriched my life every day since.

While I was researching Frida Hansen’s works in various online museum archives, I discovered photos of a beautiful transparent tapestry, Sorte Roser, or Black Roses, woven in 1901, in the collection of the Nordiska Museum. Through an online form, I asked if I could use them on my blog. Soon after, beautiful tiff images were sent to me, and shortly after that, a bill for over a hundred dollars. Whoops, I guess I hadn’t realized it would be so pricey. On the other hand, I totally appreciate the work that goes into creating crisp, gorgeous, accurate images. For months I didn’t use the photos; I kept intending to write back and request just a couple, rather than all five. Finally, oh the heck with it, I paid the bill. So now I should share those beautiful photos. Enjoy!


It’s interesting to notice the variation in the warp yarn in the unwoven sections.


  1. Such a fascinating technique. Some of the warps do not seem to be the same color throughout their length. It looks like they might have been painted or space dyed. Do you think that is the case, Robbie?

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