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Judith Johansson

Swedish, 1916-1993

Renowned weaver and textile artist Judith Johansson is credited with designing more than 400 beautiful Scandinavian rugs over her long career. She and her husband, John Johansson, produced the designs under their company JJ Vävateljén for more than five decades, and today vintage Judith Johansson textiles continue to delight Scandinavian modern furniture lovers all over the world. Her work has had an enduring impact on Swedish rug design.

Johansson was born in 1916 in the Sweden village of Trollhättan, known for its breathtaking scenery. The natural backdrop of her childhood influenced much of Johansson's later design work and is visible in the tree- and leaf-like patterns that characterize her textiles. Her father was a builder, her mother was a seamstress and her grandmother taught her to weave at a young age.

Johansson met her future husband when she was 19 years old. John ran a handicraft shop in the village, where he hired weavers to produce rugs and smaller textiles. In 1938, the young couple moved to the town of Knäred and opened their weaving studio. John managed the administrative side of the business so that his talented wife was free to create rich and interesting textile designs. 

Johansson was always looking to improve her craft, and she studied at the School of Textiles in Borås in the late 1940s. She created designs that her studio’s weavers would produce for the Nordiska Kompaniet department stores, and her fabrics were used in works produced by Swedish furniture designer Carl Malmsten. Johansson’s mid-century flatweave wool rugs became widely known for their integration of warm color pairings and intricate abstract forms and geometric patterns. 

Johansson was eventually invited to fill the role of artistic leader at the Capellagården craft school, which was founded by Malmsten. She declined, opting instead to continue her work at her studio and focus on designing rugs for churches and other organizations. Johansson was awarded a gold medal from her native country’s Royal Patriotic Society (Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet) and today her rugs can be found in churches all over Sweden.

After Johansson died in 1993, the business passed to the couple's daughter.

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Creator: Judith Johansson
Rare Swedish Vintage Flatweave Wool Rug "Skogsbryn" by Judith Johansson
By Judith Johansson
Located in Rö, SE
Rare Swedish Vintage Handwoven Flat-Weave Wool Rug "Skogsbryn" by Judith Johansson (1916-1993) Size: 96.5" × 67" (245 cm × 170 cm) Excellent vintage condition consistent with age. A beautiful flat-weave wool rug handmade in Sweden by renowned textile artist Judith Johansson. Signed with woven initials JJ at the corner of the rug. This rare rug celebrates the Swedish forest with its unique patterns and with its name, "Skogsbryn", which means forest edge in English. Its colors are greens, yellows, lilacs and oranges. 100% wool. Made in Sweden in the 1960's. A piece of Scandinavian modern design to bring an edgy yet subdued feeling to your space. Judith Johansson drew inspiration from nature and was commissioned by the Swedish Royal Family. She never made sketches or notes on-site but had a photographic memory, a strong sense of color, and paid careful attention to the symbolism in the sacred textiles...
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Vintage Swedish Flat Woven Rug by Judith Johansson
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Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Judith Johansson (Spise Hall)
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Located in New York, NY
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Judith Johansson Swedish Flat Weave "Björkered" Signed JJ designed Sweden 1962
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Mid-century Swedish Flatweave Rug Signed by Judith Johansson
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Spise Hall rug by Judith Johansson
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Rug ‘Hallandsåsen’ designed by Judith Johansson, Sweden, 1960s
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30976 Judith Johansson Swedish Style Kilim Rug, 09'10 x 10'03. With its Scandinavian Modern style, incredible detail and texture, this handwoven wool Swedish style kilim rug is a captivating vision of woven beauty. The eye-catching geometric design and atmospheric colorway woven into this piece work together creating a truly unique look. An allover pattern made up of lozenges within lozenges, diamonds and rhombus shapes work in sequence cultivating a beautiful juxtaposition among the design. This Swedish style kilim rug is inspired by Judith Johansson and her Fonstret design in 1988. Reminiscent of stained glass...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Flat Woven Rug by Judith Johansson
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By Judith Johansson
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Vintage Swedish Rug by Judith Johansson Spice Hall
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Large Swedish Flat Weave Carpet by Judith Johansson
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Amazing large Swedish flat weave carpet by sought after designer Judith Johansson. This example with a wonderful sofa palette of pinks, purples, blues and orange. A Rare and beautifu...
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Judith Johansson "Spice Hall" Flat Weave, Signed JJ. Sweden 1960's
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Swedish Flat-Weave Rug by Judith Johansson
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Located in New York, NY
Swedish flat-weave rug by Judith Johansson Sweden, circa 1950s. Handwoven Initialled: JJ (Judith Johansson).
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20th Century Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet
By Judith Johansson
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20th Century Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet Sweden, circa 1950-1960 'PORS' design Signed 'JJ' (Judith Johansson)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet
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Scandinavian Modern Wool Flat-Weave Rug "Spice Hall" by Judith Johansson
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"Spise Hall" 20th Century Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet by Judith Johansson
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Located in New York, NY
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