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.
Size: 15' × 10'2'' Circa: 1920 This circa-1920 vintage Arts & Crafts rug by Voysey Rug consists of a geometric medallion outlined in red and surrounded by botanical motifs of flowering trees in soft pastel pinks, lilacs and... Item No: BB5808
Size: 13' × 11'10'' Circa: 1910 An Arts & Crafts rug by Charles Voysey. His designs had a freshness and vitality about them that was unusual for the time. While based on close observation of the natural world, these motifs... Item No: BB5738
Size: 14'4'' × 11'9'' Circa: 1920 An Irish Donegal rug having an unusual pattern of irregular geometric shapes with fanned and hooked motifs and serrated-edged forms in blue, beige, red and black within a continuous abstract... Item No: BB5535
Size: 18'2'' × 8'6'' Circa: 1910 This antique Arts and Crafts rug is a fascinating study in minimalism. The carpet consists of a clean field of light beige, with corner brackets outlined in dark beige or brown and featuring... Item No: BB5196
Size: 9'2'' × 6'10'' Circa: 1910 An early 20th century Arts and Crafts carpet designed by C.F.A. Voysey, the brown field with enlarged curving rose blooms and leaves, with a wide border with accolades of the same floral motif. Item No: BB5187