Telemark Style Rosemaling

Harkening back to the 17th century, rosemaling is a decorative folk art often seen in homes and churches throughout Norway.  Rosemaling was influenced by the French Rococo style with its exuberant decorations, abundance of curves, counter-curves, undulations and elements.  Directly translated, rosemaling means “rose painting”; flowers are a dominant theme in the art form.

There are four types of rosemaling – Gudbrandsdal, Hallingdal, Telemark and Os – all geographic areas in Norway.  The styles are called after the regions they came from.

Telemark is perhaps the most popular rosemaling style.  It’s defined by its signature C-scroll with other design elements emanating from and around it.  Sometimes there are several C-shapes and even S-shapes embedded in the artwork which will also contain fanciful flowers and elaborate line work and detailing, all making up an exuberant outwards flow.

<You can read more about the history of rosemaling here>.