MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS DECORATIVE ARTS
Over 30 years specializing in the Arts & Crafts field
Voysey Rug Designs
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This is a very special group of rugs we are having made for us by Donegal Carpets, the original Arts & Crafts firm from Killibegs, county Donegal in Ireland.  They are hand knotted, 100% New Zealand wool, extremely plush and soft, and come in three distinct color palettes. The palettes for this collection, which I developed,  are wonderful, muted shades derived from period wool samples, antique textiles and original examples of Voysey carpets. They are as authentic as possible, and will coordinate with any of the reproduction fabrics we carry.  Additionally, each carpet within a particular palette, either Summer, Harvest or Fall, will work with any other in that palette.  No more struggling to come up with three or four carpets that complement each other.  Any of these rugs can also be done as a "border only" design.

Lily & Vine

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The Lily & Vine design, with its simple but effective border of curling acanthus leaves, was shown at an exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Society in 1896, the first year of Voysey's collaboration with Alexander Morton, founder of Donegal Carpets. The arrangement of stylized flowers and plant forms in the carpet's field shows Voysey's skill at creating an overall flat pattern that still has rhythm and movement. Voysey himself owned a carpet in the Lily & Vine design, placed in the dining room of his home, The Orchard, in 1899.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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  Lily & Vine - Fall
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Lily & Vine - Summer Lily & Vine - Harvest
 

 

 
Donnemara

The Donnemara is a signature Donegal Carpets design which has been produced in many colorways over the years. Originals have commanded high prices at auction over the past decade as interest for antique Donegal Carpets continues to grow. Like all of C.F.A. Voysey's designs, nature is a point of inspiration, in this instance roses and tulips; but botanical accuracy is not as important as the creation of pattern, rhythm and overall composition. The Donnemara, along with the Wykehamist and Magnolia, shows Voysey's interest in contrasting the scale of the border elements with those of the field, creating a wonderful sense of dynamism in the overall design.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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Donnemara - Fall
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Donnemara - Summer Donnemara - Harvest
 

 

 
Magnolia

More open and linear than other designs in the GuildCraft Collection, Magnolia has a wonderful feeling of lightness and delicacy. It is perhaps one of the most stylized of Voysey's carpet designs, and yet the original design source, the leaves and blossoms of the magnolia tree, are clearly recognizable. Again, Voysey creates a skillful interplay of scale between the border and the field. Our artists' use of colour placement to further define the design was inspired by the repeating patterns in antique Eastern carpets.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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  Magnolia - Fall
Magnolia - Summer Magnolia - Harvest
 

 

Orchard

Birds were one of Voysey's favorite design motifs, and in this charming carpet an alert bluebird peers out from among the flowers, berries, and leaves of the composition. Note the similarity in the border design between Orchard and Lily & Vine, which Voysey also used in his own home. These two designs make wonderful companion carpets.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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  Orchard - Fall
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Orchard - Summer Orchard - Harvest
   

Tulip & Lily

Tulip & Lily is a masterful example of Voysey's skill in pattern design; the field is an intricate repetition of curves, arcs, circles and ovals, all held in place by the geometry of the border. One of Voysey's most visually and spatially complex carpet designs, the stylized lilies in the border are echoed and repeated, primarily as compositional shapes, in the field. Small touches of bright color enliven Tulip & Lily even further.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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  Tulip & Lily - Fall
Tulip & Lily - Summer Tulip & Lily - Harvest

 

 

Vineyard

Another masterful design, the Vineyard carpet is a fairly dense, complex composition. Any sense of heaviness, however, is banished by the complex rhythms that Voysey establishes, again further enhanced by our artists' placement of color in the field. There is vertical, horizontal and diagonal repetition in the field which creates a sense of movement and life. As with all of Voysey's work, this carpet shows his great understanding of, and equal delight in, the natural world.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

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  Vineyard - Fall
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Vineyard - Summer Vineyard - Harvest
   

Wykehamist

Designed in 1897, this carpet is a bold example of Voysey's sense of proportion and contrasting scale. The Wykehamist is the most abstract of all the GuildCraft carpet motifs. The elements of the field are large shapes of color that depict extremely stylized leaves, branches and flowers. As with many of Voysey's designs from the 1890's, the Wykehamist was also produced as a wallpaper by Essex & Co., and as a woven textile by Alexander Morton & Sons, two English companies that regularly executed designs by Voysey for the commercial market.

Sizes + Prices
5 x 7 - $1,540
6 x 9 - $2,376
8 x 10 - $3,520
9 x 12 - $4,750
10 x 14 - $6,160


custom sizes available

ORDER

 

Wykehamist - Fall
Wykehamist - Summer Wykehamist - Harvest

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