Designed by Voysey in 1902 for Liberty and made in Donegal, Ireland
C.F.A.VOYSEY LISBURN CARPET c.1899
A Donegal carpet designed by C.F.A.Voysey, woven for
Libertys. Several Donegal carpet designs were
created by Voysey, although few seem to have originated
as designs for carpets.
Voysey himself wrote in 1895 Simplicity in decoration
is one of the essential qualities without which no true
richness is possible
While Voysey deplored foreign influences on design,
and even went so far as to distrust foreign travel for
the same reasons, his own work was first shown abroad
and much admired at the Paris Exhibition of 1899.
Moral and spiritual values run through the whole of
Voyseys work, both as architect and designer and
on one occasion his contemporary, Walter Crane, suggested
that such was Voyseys influence that there was
some danger that oak or green stained furniture and
white-washed walls would come to be considered an outward
and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, when
perhaps they are only a fashion.
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