Vintage Art Deco Rug by Frank Brangwyn BB6261
A machine woven antique carpet designed by Frank Brangwyn and made by Templeton, Glasgow. Designed for the Pollard exhibition. Circa 1929.
Frank Brangwyn was a polymath, an artist-craftsman who created murals, oils and watercolours, furniture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass and prints. Born in 1867 in Bruges, Brangwyn moved to London as a child. He lived in the capital for most of his life until moving to Ditchling, where he died in 1956. Brangwyn briefly worked as an apprentice for Morris’s workshop, enlarging designs and tracing drawings. Although he soon left to paint and travel, he shared Morris’s believe that art should be available to all.
The distinctive style of antique Arts and Crafts Rugs and carpets is 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 and 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 vintage area rugs below.
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