While weaving rugs for the Larsson family’s home, a weaver happened to make a mistake urging Karin Larsson to remark “Continue… let the hand be seen”.
From the age of the Vikings to the settlers of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), to contemporary issues in Scandinavian society, the American Swedish Historical Museum will take you back in time and across the sea to learn the stories of Swedes in America.
Swedish Folk Weavings for Marriage, Carriage, and Home is an exhibition of rare, historical, and artful carriage cushions, chair cushions, and bed covers woven personally by or for women for their dowries and/or for the household. Many have inscribed dates ranging from 1766 to 1837. Such textiles were used on or displayed for special occasions and were a significant form of decoration for the typical household. The design elements and patterns reflect the influence of centuries of trade since the Viking era.