These designs for Arts and Crafts area rugs from ZIVA were inspired by well-known British designers from the ARTS and CRAFTS MOVEMENT.
The sensuality of exotic foreign influences met the genius of British craftsmanship to create a whole new unique moment in design.
British designers took the whiplash curves of Art Nouveau and added something of their own…a spray of Celtic mist and just a hint mediaeval mystery to create a version of Art Nouveau that was uniquely British.
This Movement aimed to recapture the pure design of the past, strip away artifice and return to simple craftsmanship.
Arts and Crafts designers such as William Morris, Archibald Knox and Gavin Morton, often sought inspiration from the past, such as Gothic styles, Celtic patterns and Persian ornament.
In turn, these same designers from the turn of the 19th century have inspired these needlepoint designs for arts and crafts area rugs from ZIVA… designs still suitable for today’s homes.
All the area rugs are available in 3 widths to suit your décor: 24”, 30” and 36” wide (60 cm, 76 cm and 91 cm wide). Contact me if you are looking for a custom size.
‘KNOX’S KNOTS’ AREA RUG DESIGN
This striking needlepoint area rug design was inspired by British designer, Archibald Knox.
Because of his Celtic roots, Knox’s designs were suffused with Celtic ornament… interwoven knots, intricate interlacing, and stylized foliate motifs.
This area rug ‘Knox’s Knots’, is a classic design, featuring all these Celtic-influenced elements.
Knox’s designs encompassed carpets, ceramics, metal ware and jewellery. His work was the vanguard of the Celtic revival in the Arts and Crafts Movement.
And, judging how well this handsome needlepoint area rug sits in this contemporary interior, his timeless designs will last for generations.
‘MORRIS HAMMERSMITH’ AREA RUG DESIGN
The British version of Art Nouveau drew on British craft traditions, and on the driving force of one man in particular, William Morris, craftsman, designer and overall Victorian visionary.
The needlepoint area rug at left was adapted from one of his early Hammersmith carpets, which, in turn, was influenced by mixture of ancient Persian and Chinese textiles and carpets.
The rhythmic and symmetrical silhouette of sinuous flowers and leaves in this design invokes the power of nature: the ongoing theme in all his creations.
‘MORRIS MINEUR’ AREA RUG DESIGN
Another stunning Hammersmith carpet from William Morris.
Have a look on how I created this 'MORRIS MINEUR' needlepoint carpet STEP-BY-STEP…. from painting the canvas, stitching it, blocking it, and to the final making up.
It was a very enthralling experience for me to create this Arts and Crafts tapestry…. inspired by the genius of WILLIAM MORRIS!
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‘MORTON DONEGAL’ AREA RUG DESIGN
This needlepoint area rug design at right was adapted from an early 20th century Gavin Morton-designed Arts & Crafts carpet.
Its elegant and classic proportions sit comfortably with today’s contemporary furnishings.
Gavin Morton, carpet designer, was one of the foremost figures in the development of the carpet manufacturing industry in Britain.
In 1898 Morton & Co founded a hand woven rug factory in County Donegal, Ireland. This was to become the well-known Donegal Carpet Company, employing the very best and most fashionable designers of the day.
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The red field of this design contrasts with a bold Turkish-inspired geometric trellis design of hooked palmettes, angular vinery and abstract leaves and flowers.
This is typical of many of Gavin Morton’s designs, decorated with Eastern motifs, principally Turkish and Persian predominating. Classic!
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