Vintage Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5453 9'6" × 16'6" $28,000
While Judith Johansson was born in a small rural village in southern Sweden, her unique designs and beautiful Swedish rugs earned her global fame. Johansson was a highly prolific weaver. Her massive collection of flat-weave rugs from the late 1940’s through the mid-1960’s contains numerous original vintage Swedish rugs, sought after by art collectors and carpet aficionados alike. While Johansson looked for inspiration in her beloved Swedish countryside, many of her designs are in fact geometric rugs of extraordinary beauty. Johansson’s design process included watercolor sketches, which were later converted into patterns of her vintage Swedish rugs. Original watercolors are still preserved in her workshop are but a small proof of just how creative and ingenious weave Johansson was.
This vintage Swedish rug was hand woven in the mid 20th century circa 1940. Its stunning design was undoubtedly inspired by traditional Swedish weaving, although Johansson’s unique style gave it a very modern look. The frame bordering central field was made to look like flowers in full bloom, albeit simplified ones. The middle is filled with an allover pattern of serrated diamonds placed symmetrically on the pile. Color palette accompanying this design contains neutral shades of beige, contrasted with more vivacious greens and reds.
The size of this vintage Swedish rug, 9’6″ × 16’6″ (290 × 503 cm), while rather large, is one of its biggest advantages. It can easily function as an area rug or an oversized carpet. You can’t go wrong with a rug of such unique beauty!
Vintage Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson BB5453