Antique Irish Rug, Origin: Ireland, Circa: Turn Of The 20th Century – 1900 – Here is a beautifully woven antique carpet – an antique Irish rug, woven in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland roughly around the turn of the twentieth century (circa – 1900). Boasting an alluring design, this antique Irish carpet is a charming and comely example of the style. While Irish rugs may not be as popular as antique Persian rugs, Ireland in fact boasts one of the most interesting histories of any rug-producing nation in the western world. While the scroll design in the field of this unusual antique Irish carpet goes back to Renaissance and late Medieval European ornament, the exploding lotus and cartouche border is classically Oriental, reflecting the designs of the great Safavid carpets of Persia. The overall composition of this Irish carpet is striking, especially in the way that the large forms of the border impinge upon the small, finer forms and rhythms of the field. A remarkable melding of East and West. Beautifully woven, this antique Irish rug is a charming and compelling example of an appealing style of antique rug weaving.