"Exciting Designs in Breathtaking Colours"
Dr. Jennifer Goff, Curator of the Eileen Gray Collection & Furniture, National Museum of Ireland.
Composed of traditionally spun high quality Irish wool, Rhyme Studio designs are a celebration of classical to contemporary art, sculptural form and Irish
craftsmanship. With authenticity and sustainable craft as founding principles, we source our Irish wool from the spectacular west coast of Ireland.
Fleece is sent for processing and spinning to historic Kerry Woolen Mills, one of the last surviving traditional woolen mills in Ireland founded in the
seventeenth century. From there it journeys on to historic Cushendale Woolen Mills where it is dyed by hand using only natural and non toxic dyes. Finally it
arrives at our rural Irish studio to be tufted into design by the hand of our master craftsman.
Collections include the Limited Edition Insula Series inspired by 7th Century Irish Insular art and illuminated manuscripts, The Trinity Series, inspired
by the concept of “rug as sculpture” and the purity of triangular forms, The OM Series, derived from a 1600 year old “tree” alphabet called Ogham made using
the naturally brown (undyed) wool of the Irish Zwartbles sheep and 2021’s surface sculpted Modernity design collection, a tribute to Irish designer Eileen Gray
and Kasimir Malevich.
The Rhyme Studio goal is a circular production model and to ultimately craft a carbon negative foundation for a responsible and authentic design collection.
During our years of research for sustainable and authentic materials with which to create a design collection, not only did we discover that Irish wool is a
durable yarn perfectly suited to carpet, tapestry and textiles but that it has been all but forsaken by contemporary rug & knitwear makers.
Our Irish wool is an enduring natural material that is carbon friendly and renewable. Something of a miracle fiber, wool is antimicrobial, naturally water
resistant, naturally flame retardant, air filtering with an ability to improve indoor air quality. It is sound absorbing and breathable, contrary to a common
misconception that wool must always feel hot and coarse. Our wool is also traceable. We source high quality fleece from small supplier sheep farmers who treat
their animals with respect and whose flocks frequently graze upon land that is not viable for agriculture.
In 2020 the international market for Irish wool collapsed and was sadly not the first time that Irish farmers found they could barely justify the cost
of annual shearing season. An environmental tragedy unfolded as sheep farmers dumped or burned freshly shorn wool. Ireland today has over 3.5 million sheep,
a beautiful landscape that once upon a time was home to many woolen mills and what used to be one of the largest wool yields in Europe.
Yet over the last half century, mass production of petrochemical based synthetic fibers have transformed the global fiber market and largely driven by the whims
of the fashion industry. Within the European Union alone, there is considerable, unrelenting wool waste and a failure to recognize the multi faceted renewable
and biodegradable qualities of this earliest known natural textile. The miracle qualities and performance of wool can simply not be equalled by any other fiber
without the use of artificial, fossil fuel powered production methods and frequently alarming levels of pollution.
At Rhyme Studio it is our objective to put nothing out into the world that does not give back in equal measure. By using Irish wool we seek to expose and
reverse the disturbing decline of the global market for wool, the unnecessary waste and highlight the environmental crisis facing the industry. Carbon friendly,
renewable & biodegradable wool fiber, not synthetic and fossil fuel dependent fiber is Nature’s way and has a multitude of uses including customizable surfacing
and textiles with in built acoustic and allergen reduction, comfort and warmth. Irish wool is a precious resource that can make a luxurious, high quality and
timeless heirloom design. Respect for natural fibers along with the goal of a sustainable world market for wool must be our future.