Irish wool is an enduring natural fiber that is carbon friendly and renewable. No animal must die
for its production and the wools that Rhyme Studio uses are high quality, soft yarns. During our
years of research for truly authentic and sustainable materials to create a new design collection
with, Irish wool distinguished itself as a hardy and incredibly durable yarn that not only
represents a piece of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world but is perfectly suited as
a material for carpet or wall coverings.
Rhyme Studio fleece is sent for processing and spinning to a seventeenth century mill, one of
the last surviving traditional woolen mills in Ireland. From there it travels on to another historic
mill when it is dyed by hand using natural, non toxic dyes and spun onto the skein. Finally the
yarns are delivered to our farmhouse studio in rural Ireland where they are tufted meticulously to
exact specifications by the hand of our master craftsman.
The current commercial market for Irish wool is sadly in an abysmal state as Irish farmers can
now barely justify the expense of shearing their sheep. Long before the advent of a human
health crisis, international sale prices had plummeted but since Covid-19, an environmental
tragedy now unfolds as markets collapse and Irish farmers dump freshly shorn wool that few
merchants are willing to buy.
A considerable amount of this Irish wool is dense, durable,
renewable and a highly water resistant natural resource with exceptional value as carpeting.
With a growing rug & tapestry collection requiring a minimum content of 80% Irish wool, Rhyme
Studio combines a sustainable material with experimental and sculptural design form, skilled
colour palettes and quality craftsmanship.
The company strives to draw attention to environmental waste and save quality carbon friendly Irish wool fiber from landfill by turning it
into customizable surfacing that offers a variety of interior benefits including noise and allergen
reduction, comfort and warmth. Rhyme Studio designs illustrate that Irish wool should not only be viewed as a precious
resource worthy of many applications but as a luxurious, high quality and enduring material that
creates a timeless heirloom underfoot.
Irish wool is beautiful.
Composed of the finest traditionally spun pure Irish wool and tufted by hand in Ireland, the
Rhyme Studio Rug collection is a celebration of classical to contemporary graphic and
sculptural forms and a testament to the quality of Irish craftsmanship.
On a mission to breathe unique form, color and sustainability into the world of rug design,
Rhyme Studio sources its Irish wool from the spectacular west coast of Ireland. It is then
processed at a 300 year old woolen mill and hand dyed using non toxic dyes by a 200 year old
woolen mill before it is tufted into carpet at our rural Irish farmhouse studio.
The OM Series
is inspired by a 1600 year old alphabet called Ogham and employs the
wonderfully rich deep brown wool of the Irish black sheep Zwartbles. Known for monumental
inscriptions on standing stones, Ogham was 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 and its mysterious letters came to represent ancient Irish tree and plant
Other collections include the debut limited edition Insula Series inspired by 7th Century Irish art
and illuminated manuscripts. Often referred to as the age of saints and scholars, this era was
considered a golden age for the arts in Ireland. Trinity is an avant garde study of triangular
forms and rich colours. Considered one of the strongest forms known to nature and one of the
most perfect, the triangle is a powerful and multi-layered symbol. A fourth design series entitled
Modernity will debut in Autumn 2020. Visit our COLLECTION
page for more details or email us
for pricing, specifications and availability.