Collection DC 031 - Examples of work by the Marimekko Textile Company, Helsinki, Finland

Granaattiomena Kivi Näkee Unta Melooni Faruk Narcissos Troikka Granaattiomena Istuva Härkä Istuva Härkä Husaari Basso

Key Information

Reference code

DC 031


Examples of work by the Marimekko Textile Company, Helsinki, Finland


  • 1950-1977 (Creation)

Level of description



1 Linear Foot

Content and Structure

Scope and content


  • Catalogues of the Marimekko Textile Company range, c1970s
  • Photographs of fabric samples, not dated
  • Fabric samples, 1952-1979
  • Copies of 'Mobilia'.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


System of arrangement

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

The Marimekko Corporation is a Finnish textiles and clothing company that was established in 1951 as the Marimekko Textile Company. Its operations are based on the original Marimekko brand and the Marimekko concept, which is derived from the brand and represents the company's lifestyle thinking. There are three product lines: clothing, interior decoration and accessories.
Marimekko was founded by Armi and Viljo Ratia. The company's business concept emerged from a strong desire to create something new, unique, long-lasting and beautiful for post-war Finland.
The 1960s saw a rapid growth in the business operations of the company and its rise to international prominence. Following a restructuring programme in the late 1960s, the company transferred its operations to its own works site in Herttoniemi, Helsinki, Finland in 1973. The company was taken over by the Amer Group in 1991.

Archival history

Custodial history

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment. For further details, please refer to our Access Policy @

Conditions governing reproduction

Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.

For further details, please refer to our Reprographic Service Guide @

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical Description

Finding aids

Related Material

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related materials

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)


Place access points

People and Organisations

Genre access points


Level of detail

Processing information

  • Description created as part of the Glasgow Sub-Hub for Archives project for submission to the Archives Hub using XMetaL XML editor with the EAD DTD, mapped to the elements of ISAD(G)2
  • Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002
  • 08 June 2005 Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005.
  • Revised by Susannah Waters, Archivist, The Glasgow School of Art, May 2011.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011.
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, April 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



Archivist's note

Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

Archivist's note

© Copyright 2014 GSA Archives. All rights reserved.

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organisations

Related genres

Related places