and asked, “I guessed that it could have been a commercial pattern. Are you familiar with it, or the designer? Is there a place I could find out more information about patterns available over the years from Husflid and others?” Kari-Anne’s specialty is in embroidery, but I figured she might know where I could find more information. This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked about mystery Norwegian tapestries.
Indeed, Kari-Anne wrote, “I’m no weaver,” but she posted the question to her Facebook group. Four minutes later–an answer! “Mette Haugen answered that the drawing and yarn was sold at Husfliden in Oslo. The designer’s name is Mari Prestgard Rustad. It is called «The Bridal Couple» (Brudeparet) and is 50x42cm.” She also said that the Norsk Folkemuseum has a complete collection of patterns from Den Norske Husflidsforening, but they are not digitized. (I think I will start thinking of grant opportunities now for further research, and hope for a vaccine soon!)
Here are three patterns by Mari Prestgard Rustad. I think I’ve seen the bird pattern in the past, too.
Finally, a version of the pattern was part of an auction in 2013, one of many tapestries listed on this document. The origin of the document is a bit cryptic, but I believe it was posted by Festiviteten-Lena, an auction site. There are several other interesting tapestries shown.