"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 genuine 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 carpet design can take weeks to perfect with lead times beginning at 7-8 weeks

We believe all worthy design is sustainable and based on 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, embraces the naturally brown (undyed) wool of the Irish Zwartbles sheep and is 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 organically farmed bio-fibre Irish wool carpet & tapestry collection features the original Aran Sweater yarn, an Irish fashion icon, which is sadly today no longer made using native Irish wool.

Our ultimate goal is a circular production model for a responsible design collection. Following years of research for sustainable materials, we made our first Irish wool carpet prototype only to discover that while this yarn is a durable yarn perfectly suited to carpet, tapestry and textiles, it has been all but forsaken by contemporary rug & knitwear makers.

Something of a miracle fiber, our 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 common misconception that wool must always feel hot and coarse. Our Irish wool is traceable. We source high quality fleece from small supplier organic sheep farmers who raise happy sheep that frequently graze upon land not viable for agriculture.

In 2020 the international market for Irish wool officially collapsed and our design studio is currently the sole entity (inside or outside of Ireland) promoting the use of this native wool. An environmental tragedy today persists as many sheep farmers the world over dump or burn freshly shorn wool deemed unacceptable by a fashion industry that will only trade in merino or 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.

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.  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.
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