A rug designed by one of Ireland’s leading artists sold for €85,000 at a charity auction held on Sunday by Whytes Auctioneers, Dublin. The rug, titled “Fez”, was designed by the world-renowned abstract painter Sean Scully and had been estimated to be worth €15,000-€20,000.
The piece was one of twelve artist designed rugs that went under the hammer as part of a project called “Island” organised by Ceadogán Rugmakers. Profits from the sale are to be split between the Peter McVerry Trust in aid of homelessness and to support a regenerative wildlife project at the site of the Ceadogán studios at Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford.
Other highlights of the sale included a “glow in the dark” rug designed by artist Dorothy Cross which sold for €19,000 and a piece designed by artist Alice Fitzgerald which sold for €9000. All of the pieces sold, for a combined value in excess of €150,000.
Ceadogán Rugmakers is one of Ireland’s most successful small artisan companies whose striking hand tufted rugs decorate the walls and floors of embassies, hotels and private houses all over the world. For over three decades the family led business has operated from their studios in Wexford where they are committed to crafting beautiful yet purposeful rugs and wall hangings that transcend traditional craftsmanship for a more contemporary aesthetic.
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