Shown in the colorway "Beige Grey Wonder", the design featured in this carpet is inspired by the ancient Ogham character that represents the Alder tree. The sigil was the third in the Ogham or Tree Alphabet and thought to represent protection of the heart. Like the Rowan tree and its connection to the feminine, in Irish myth it was believed that the first man was born of the Alder. It was a tree of prophecy and the favored wood in making shields for Celtic warriors. Alder symbolizes confident progress, a support in bravely facing obstacles in life and a help in developing stability and solidity as evidenced by the traditional preference to use its wood for bridge and foundation construction.
The belief in mysterious properties of trees are in evidence in many cultures the world over and the tendency to anthropomorphize these beautiful entities or fantasize about a world that lies within is an age old habit. In the 21st century trees have rightfully taken on a significance of holding a critical key to preservation of human life and are a source of huge inspiration to Rhyme Studio designs.
Rhyme Studio rug and tapestry designs are highly customizable and all custom requests welcomed. While the debut version of this design was made primarily using the rich, deep and naturally brown wool of the rare Irish sheep Zwartbles, this new color scheme is offered with our "Grey Owl" Irish wool. The OM series derives from a 1600 year old alphabet Ogham, used mainly to write the early Irish language. Known for monumental inscriptions on standing stones, its history dates back to at least the third or fourth century A.D, placing it in use long before the arrival of Latin to Ireland. Also called the tree alphabet, some believe it was created by druids and scholars as a secret form of communication. These mysterious letters of Ogham or “Beith-luis-nin” were paired with ancient Irish tree and plant species, many of which were considered sacred but have all but disappeared from Ireland’s landscape today.
“The early celts venerated certain trees across Europe and we share their fascination with the ancient Irish sigils of Ogham. I like to imagine this “tree alphabet” brings one closer to the natural world whilst also creating a perfect carpet design that can spell just about anything” says designer Claire McGovern
Designs inspired by Ogham lettering for Birch, Rowan, Alder and Willow all hold great meaning and are offered in unique colorways to choose from such as Burgundy, Green Isle, Golden Almond & Beige Grey Wonder.
On a mission to breathe unique form, color and sustainable craftsmanship into the world of rug design, Rhyme rugs use only traditionally spun Irish wool and non toxic dyes. The wool is sourced from Galway sheep farms, processed by a 300 year old woolen mill and hand dyed by a 200 year old woolen mill. The yarns are then carefully tufted by hand to exact Rhyme specifications in our farmhouse studio.