WHO_Omega Workshops Rugs
WHAT_An amazing design group which was founded by The Bloomsbury Group in 1913.
WHEN_ Stumbled across visiting Somerset House recently.
WHERE_Unfortunately the exhibition has now ended.
WHY_ These Rugs were hung like pieces of art and immediately caught my eye. The abstract patterns and cubist designs and colours appealed to me instantly, and I was shocked to find these were designed between 1913 – 1916. This collective of forward thinking artists were obviously way ahead of their time. After reading more I found out that Roger Fry, the founder, wanted to break away from the mainstream Edwardian interior design and push ahead with work inspired by art being created in Europe.
‘It is time that the spirit of fun was introduced into furniture and into fabrics. We have suffered too long from the dull and the stupidly serious.’
Every piece of pottery, furniture or fabric was produced anonymously, bearing only the Greek letter Ω (Omega) – which is similar to the way some auctions are curated these days. I love the idea that anyone was able to purchase a piece of art, whatever their budget. These days you will need to be quite flush though, you can buy there here from £5,000.