"Exciting Designs in Breathtaking Colours"
Dr. Jennifer Goff, Curator of the Eileen Gray Collection & Furniture, National Museum of Ireland.
Composed of traditionally spun Irish wool, Rhyme Studio approaches carpet & tapestry creation as a celebration of customizable art and sculptural form. With responsible craft and provenance as founding principles, we source our Irish wool from the spectacular west coast of Ireland.
Fleece is sent for processing and spinning to historic Irish woolen mills and dyed by hand using only natural and non toxic dyes.
We also prioritize the use of quality wool fiber in its most sustainable and natural state, undyed. Yarn is delivered to our rural Irish studio to be tufted into design by the hand of a master craftsman.
One rug design can take weeks to perfect with lead times beginning at 7-8 weeks
We believe all worthy design is sustainable and inspired by a great story. Our first Limited Edition Insula Series is inspired by 7th Century Irish Insular Art and illuminated manuscripts.
The Trinity Series, celebrates 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, is crafted with naturally brown (undyed) wool of the Irish Zwartbles sheep and a carpet
or tapestry design that can spell just about any word. A fourth design collection is the surface sculpted Modernity series, a tribute to Irish designer Eileen Gray and Kasimir Malevich.
Báinín, 2022's bio-fiber Irish wool carpet & tapestry collection debuts alongside our first textile & cushion design collection Real Irish Wool
Our ultimate goal is a circular production model for a truly responsible design collection. During years of research for sustainable materials, 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 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 and air filtering with an ability to purify 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 not the first time Irish farmers found they could barely justify the cost
of annual shearing. An environmental tragedy continues today as many sheep farmers the world over dump or burn freshly shorn wool deemed unacceptable by industries that prefer fossil fuel based synthetic fibers.
Ireland today has over 3.5 million sheep and a landscape that was once covered in woolen mills with what used to be one of the largest wool yields in Europe.
Yet over the last half century, mass production of resource draining cotton or petrochemical based synthetics have transformed the global fiber market, largely driven by the whims
of a fashion industry. Within the European Union alone, there is considerable 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 are virtually unrivaled by any other fiber
without the use of artificial, fossil fuel powered production methods and of course, alarming levels of pollution.
At Rhyme Studio it is our wish for the design world to put nothing out that does not give back in equal measure. We call attention to the unnecessary waste,
the decline of the global market for wool and the environmental crisis facing the industry. Carbon sinking, renewable & biodegradable wool fiber, not synthetic and fossil fuel dependent fiber is
Nature’s way and has a multitude of uses not limited to our customizable surfacing and textiles with natural acoustic and allergen reduction, comfort and warmth.
Irish wool is a precious resource that can make a luxurious, high quality and timeless heirloom design and we welcome all designers to create with our wool.
A balanced respect for natural fibers along with a sustainable world market for design creation is our future.