Beautiful Large Antique Irish Donegal Arts And Crafts Rug, Country of Origin: Ireland, Circa Date: 1920– This spectacular antique Celtic Irish rug celebrates the grandeur of the roaring 20’s. It was produced in Donegal in the 1920’s and has a distinctive Art Nouveau / Arts and Crafts characteristic that would make the Great Gatsby proud. The stylized motifs on this antique Donegal carpet reflect designs that were carried out in other pieces from the area, including lamps, vases, and scroll work used in furniture and architecture.
The first thing that catches your eye is the vibrant turquoise color. The large scale repeated motifs make this magnificent antique rug appear larger than life, and that is exactly what it was designed to do. The plain dark border set it off and further highlights the formal character of the carpet. One could easily see this carpet in a formal dining hall or perhaps a speakeasy surrounded by Tiffany lamps and fine cherry furniture.
Donegal was a major carpet weaving center in Ireland that produced a variety of traditional and historical designs. This design is iconic and striking to the eye. It is flowing and curvy, emphasizing the movement from one shape into the other. Bold florals were a popular motif that is found throughout the roaring 1920’s. This carpet makes you want to break out your vintage suit and spats or flapper dress and dance the Charleston. This is a rare piece harks back to the iconic William Morris rugs and designs from one of the world’s most decadent periods when times were good, and the wealth flowed freely.
This large antique Irish Donegal Arts and Crafts rug would be the perfect addition to a house that was built in the 1920’s, but it would also work well with many other designs too. The iconic bold style of the antique area carpet would add a striking centerpiece to a modern design. This is a fun piece that would have a place in any style home for its interest and as an iconic Arts and Crafts piece. It is not a piece that will stand in the background and be a wallflower. Its colors are bold enough to stand up in a room full of brilliant color.