Art Nouveau Irish Donegal Rug / Carpet
Antique Donegal Carpet from Ireland, early 20th century - Antique Donegal carpets of Ireland are known for their traditional Celtic designs and for adaptations of Oriental rugs as well. This example is more unusual, reflecting what was then the cutting-edge movement of European decorative arts - Art Nouveau. The rich, dramatic border displays the classic water lily or jellyfish design in this style with its sinuous interlacing, plant and animal forms evoking the gentle pulse of natural life. The border with its shades of rich lavender, pale pink, apricot and magenta provides a window-like frame for the open soft green field, whose variegated tones suggest deep, mystic space.