Mid-Century Swedish flatwoven rug designed by Judith Johansson (1916-1993). Woven at her ateliers at Kna?red in Halland. The rug is signed JJ at the lower left corner. A truly remarkable piece with a whimsical design incorporating stylized tulips in pastel colors on a light-beige background. In Sweden, carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the craft was seen as being an important artistic and cultural practice throughout Sweden, and designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Scandinavian rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such fixtures of modernism as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought after in the rug world.