Impressive Collection of Antique Arts and Crafts Rugs
Arts and Crafts rugs were part of an international tradition that skillfully assimilated worldly influences and new ideas. Sophisticated designs executed with great attention to detail have made these classically influenced carpets more desirable than ever. The Arts and Crafts movement marked an important philosophical change for artisans. This creative Renaissance was part of a rebellious offshoot that protested industrialism and rejected the stuffy, tedious motifs found in Victorian homes. The people and the ideas of this group were closely connected to the Pre-Raphaelites, the Craftsman-era makers and the pioneers of the Aesthetic Movement.
William Morris, the grandfather of the Pre-Raphaelites, designed some of the most memorable Hammersmith and Wilton rugs ever created in England, and according to many, spurred the competing industry in Donegal, Ireland, to advance rapidly. William Morris, C.F.A. Voysey, Charles Mackintosh, Gustav Stickley and the Morton brothers had individual styles and strong stylistic beliefs that made Arts and Crafts rugs truly cutting edge.
These beautifully varied antique oriental rugs and vintage rugs featured both rectilinear and curvilinear designs with increasingly broad color palettes. Anglo-Persian patterns, proto-modern compositions and flowing Art Nouveau designs were all represented in this marvelous niche that flourished between 1874 and 1940.
View our current selection of antique Arts and Crafts rugs below: