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Brief Published: 2 May 2012

After Bloomsbury: Rugs From The Omega Workshops, 1913-1916


A display of five hand-crafted rugs by contemporary British rug producer Christopher Farr – based on original designs by the British creative collective Omega Workshops – will open tomorrow at Somerset House, London.

After Bloomsbury: Rugs from the Omega Workshops, 1913-1916 will exhibit Farr’s rugs alongside their contemporary-looking original designs, created nearly 100 years ago.

The Omega Workshops – founded by British artist and influential critic Roger Fry in 1913 – was the design enterprise associated with the avant-garde artists of the notable London Bloomsbury Group. Inspired by contemporary art in Europe – especially Fauvism, Cubism, Picasso, Braque and Matisse – as well as African art, the Omega Workshops created a range of objects for the home – from rugs and linens, to ceramics, furniture and clothing.

Hand-knotted in Turkey, Farr’s contemporary rugs are a close translation of five of the most vibrant and challenging of the Omega designs – characterised by a bold, lyrical style. The rugs are for sale, with prices ranging from £5,000 to £15,000.

After Bloomsbury: Rugs From The Omega Workshops, 1913-1916 opens tomorrow and runs until June 24 2012.

For further information on the prominent role of the Bloomsbury Group, see our Industry Trend Curated Autumn/Winter 2012-13.

Somerset House