Rustic and Beautiful Ivory Background Large Decorative Antique Irish Donegal Rug, Country of Origin: Ireland, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – This antique Irish rug seems to glow with its own inner light, revealing a white field decorated with precise stitches in varied orange hues. Two rounded blossoms splay out from the center, linked to angular designs that move out across the piece, mingling with small figures such as highly stylized animals and lovely, diminutive flowers. A garden of perfectly even, orange blooms springs forth from the triangles edging the light central field of this Donegal rug.
Anchored behind the triangular row, a light orange band encloses and anchors the space, filled with paired leaves around simple four-petaled flowers. Much more ornate flowers adorn the widest border, each surrounded by interweaving, geometric lines that stand out against the fiery orange backdrop. A third border adds a cooler touch and graceful arabesques nestled between blossoms of this highly decorative antique rug.
Many of the antique Irish Donegal rugs are so obviously inspired by the antique Turkish Oushak rugs. The textures are more blush and weaving technique of many of these antique Irish rugs is more coarse which is so close to how the antique Turkish rugs from Oushak were created. This piece is just so remarkably close to what the decorative rugs from Oushak look like – in color, design and texture – which leads us to believe that it was more than likely a custom ordered area rug when it was first created.
If you are looking to buy area rugs that are easy to work with, especially for those who appreciate the more rustic rugs, this large size, all over design, ivory background antique Irish Donegal rug would be an exciting find. The soft colors and plush texture would make this a fabulous living room rug as well as great bedroom rug.