Antique Arts and Crafts Rug, Origin: Ireland, Circa 1900 – This enchanting rug combines traditional Arts and Crafts elements and colors with distinct floral patterns to create a vivacious piece. A bright gold border surrounds the rug, itself hemmed with vibrant orange hourglass stitching. The interior of the border features the same bright colors to depict gorgeous instances of diamond petals and floral arrangements. At the center of the rug is a deep, black background that houses several beautiful and vivacious flowers, all of which are connected through a network of brightly colored vines.
The vivacious floral vase design of this antique Irish rug is reminiscent of the traditional patterns used in Persia and throughout the Middle East. However, this antique oversized rug was produced in Ireland around the turn of the 20th century. During this time, the art world was experiencing a revival of Oriental design and designs that paid homage to traditional design elements from early earlier centuries.
It was the goal of the artist to mimic traditional Persian rug designs and to create a piece that had the look and feel of these traditional tribal rugs, but that appealed to the tastes of Europeans at the time. The artist chose an all over design with a repeating pattern that uses traditional Persian motifs and design elements.
The choice of color is bold highlighting fiery oranges, reds, and yellows in the borders and a midnight blue background of the field. This Irish arts and crafts rug uses a similar technique to create the feeling of walking through a moonlight garden at midnight. The high contrast colors of the rug give it a pop of color that is brought into balance by the dark background of the field.
This antique Irish arts and crafts rug makes it unique addition to any collection because it at first appears to be something that it is not and fits within a unique time period and artistic movement. It a beautiful piece that would make an excellent addition to a traditional design that needs a rug that can take center stage and is not afraid to make a bold statement.