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Gunnar Aagaard Andersen Fabric Category Description:

Gunnar Aagaard Andersen was an important Danish artist who worked in sculpture, painting and interior design. He was also an exponent of aesthetic theories through his writings. After his studies throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Andersen embarked an acclaimed career, including co-founding the Groupe Espace. His work helped promote the Concrete art aesthetic.

As a pioneer, it is no surprise that Andersen eventually followed in the footsteps of so many great artists of the 20th century and tried his hand at textile design. The result was Letters, a bold, mischievous design of partial letters over vividly colored backgrounds.

This Gunnar Aagard Andersen design was made in 1955. The design consists of partially shown black letters over a selection of colorful backgrounds. This fabric has an 80% wool, 20% nylon face, and a 100% cotton back.

Aagaard Andersen's Letters fabric has so many possibilities... draperies, wall hangings, seat cushions, pillows, lampshades, slipcovers and table covers are just a few of the items that can be made from this designer fabric.

J&O's selection of Gunnar Aagaard Andersen's perpetually modern Letters design fabrics is the perfect starting point for your decorative projects.

  • Lightfastness: 40+ hours.

  • Durability: 50,000+ Martindale method.

  • Heavy metal free dyes.

  • Natural fiber content.

  • Flammability: This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements, including California Bulletin #117, and is compatible with California Bulletin #133.

  • Cleaning Code: S-Clean with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvent.

Regular Maintenance for Your Gunnar Aagaard Andersen Fabric (The following recommendations are from the Maharam web site)

For regular maintenance use the proper attachment to avoid pilling. Professionally clean as needed.

Treating Stains

  • Clean with mild, pure, water-free dry cleaning solvents only.

  • Soak up any excess moisture immediately with a clean, soft, white cloth.

  • For oil and water-based stains: Dampen a clean, soft, white cloth with water-free dry cleaning solvent – do not over saturate. Gentlyblot the stain. Work from the edge of the stain toward the center, rotating the cloth once an area becomes soiled. Repeat the process until the stain is removed and no longer transfers to the cloth.

  • For insoluble stains (e.g. chewing gum, candle wax, etc.): Use a plastic bag filled with ice to rub the stain until the substance becomes brittle. Use a clean, dull, flat knife to gently remove the substance.

  • Allow the textile to dry thoroughly. Vacuum before using.

General Recommendations

  • Treat stains promptly; the longer a stain remains on the textile, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  • Always pre-test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous area.

  • Several light applications of a cleaning agent are less harmful than a single concentrated application; repeat stain treatment several times if necessary.

  • Never use heat to clean textiles; heat can set stains.

  • A professional furniture cleaning service is recommended.


The information above is a guide to help in the maintenance of upholstery textiles. Maharam can neither guarantee, nor take responsibility for specific results.

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