Arts & Crafts Rugs

The Arts & Crafts movement in England was initiated by William Morris during the 1870's. The influence of his designs rapidly spread across Europe and North America and played a key role in shaping the creative life of Great Britain. The distinctive style of antique Arts & Crafts rugs and carpets are defined and characterized by serpentine curvilinear and naturalistic floral patterns executed in a rich, dense palette. Rebelling against their rigid Victorian backgrounds, and the dehumanizing mechanization of the Industrial Age, proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement sought to re-establish the link between the artist and the craftsman, and art and industry. During the late 19th century Donegal (Ireland) became known for its fashionable Art Nouveau style rugs, designed by such individuals as C F A Voysey and Alexander Morton. Take a look at the finest Irish Donegal rugs below.

Adhering to the principals of the Arts & Crafts movement, the work of these artisans ranges in style from the Persian-inspired to the proto-modernist. The Hammersmith carpets of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century epitomize the golden age of British carpet weaving and Arts & Crafts rug weaving in general.

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An Irish Donegal rug BB5548
Size: 17'5'' × 10'10'' Circa: 1920
A fine example from our collection of early 20th century Irish Donegal rugs, the abrashed camel field with a faint...
Item No: BB5548
$65,000
An Arts & Crafts Carpet designed by Gavin Morton BB2911
Size: 14' × 11'4'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts carpet designed by Gavin Morton (1867-1954)...
Item No: BB2911
$50,000
An Irish Donegal rug BB4405
Size: 26'2'' × 16'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Irish Donegal rug, the pale blue field with an overall intricate trellis of yellow vinery...
Item No: BB4405
$100,000
An Irish Donegal rug BB4456
Size: 14'9'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Irish Donegal rug, the beige field with a faint overall pattern of expressive ochre scrolling...
Item No: BB4456
$55,000
An Irish Donegal Runner BB4919
Size: 12' × 4'6'' Circa: 1920
An Early 20th Century Irish Donegal Runner with a geometric floral motif that connects horizontally and vertically on a blueish green field...
Item No: BB4919
$18,000
A William Morris style carpet BB0234
Size: 14'1'' × 12'7'' Circa: 1930
A second quarter 20th century English carpet in the style of William Morris in the famous tulip design on a greenis...
Item No: BB0234
$42,000
An Irish Donegal Runner BB4920
Size: 10'5'' × 4'6'' Circa: 1920
An Early 20th Century Irish Donegal Runner with a geometric floral motif that connects horizontally and vertically on a blueish green field...
Item No: BB4920
$18,000
A Donegal rug BB0990
Size: 17'9'' × 11' Circa: 1920
An arts and craft-inspired early 20th century Donegal rug, the camel field with an overall design of hooked-device...
Item No: BB0990
$65,000
An Arts & Crafts by Voysey (Size Adjusted) Rug BB5187
Size: 9'2'' × 6'10'' Circa: 1910
An Arts & Crafts by Voysey (Size Adjusted) Rug
Item No: BB5187
$60,000
An Irish carpet BB1053
Size: 11'1'' × 8'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Irish carpet, the maize field with enlarged black leaves overall with pink lines beneath...
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Item No: BB1053
$60,000
An Art & Crafts Carpet BB5196
Size: 18'2'' × 8'6'' Circa: 1910
An Art & Crafts Carpet
Item No: BB5196
$55,000
A William Morris rug BB1063
Size: 21'1'' × 8'1'' Circa: 1930
A modern second quarter 20th century rug designed by William Morris, the dark blue field having a dense overall...
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Item No: BB1063
$15,000
An Irish Donegal Rug BB5442
Size: 14'3'' × 12'3'' Circa: 1910

Item No: BB5442
$80,000
An Irish Donegal carpet BB1148
Size: 16'4'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Irish Donegal rug of exceptional vitality, the sky blue field with a dramatic polychrome...
Item No: BB1148
$60,000
A Voysey Rug BB5159
Size: 11'4'' × 8'10'' Circa: 1900
A Voysey Rug
Item No: BB5159
$55,000
An Irish Donegal rug BB5535
Size: 14'4'' × 11'9'' Circa: 1920
An Irish Donegal rug having an unusual pattern of irregular geometric shapes with fanned...
Item No: BB5535
$33,000
An Arts & Craft Rug BB5738
Size: 13' × 11'10'' Circa: 1910
An Arts & Crafts by Voysey (Size Adjusted) Rug
Item No: BB5738
$75,000
An Irish Donegal rug BB1237
Size: 16'9'' × 13'4'' Circa: 1880
A 19th century antique Irish Donegal antique rug, the ivory field dominated by lush green leafy garland interlocked...
Item No: BB1237
$60,000
An Arts & Craft Rug BB5808
Size: 15' × 10'2'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts by Voysey Rug.
Item No: BB5808
$50,000
An Irish Donegal rug BB1504
Size: 21'5'' × 13'4'' Circa: 1880
An Irish Donegal rug, having a leafy green vinery trellis overall within a light green border with leaves in green...
Item No: BB1504
$100,000
An Arts & Craft Rug BB5812
Size: 5'10'' × 4'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts by Voysey Rug.
Item No: BB5812
$15,000
A European carpet BB2490
Size: 13'3'' × 8'11'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century European rug, the open turquoise field with a spacious ivory design of a delicate vinery formed...
Item No: BB2490
$18,000
An Arts & Crafts Rug BB5991
Size: 11' × 8'3'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts rug.
Item No: BB5991
$50,000
An Arts and Crafts Voysey rug BB2514
Size: 8'11'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1920
A highly-artistic early 20th century Arts and Crafts carpet designed by C.F.A. Voysey, the deep blue field...
Item No: BB2514
$12,000
An Arts and Crafts Voysey rug BB2515
Size: 8'11'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1920
A highly-artistic early 20th century Arts and Crafts carpet designed by C.F.A. Voysey, the deep blue field...
Item No: BB2515
$12,000