“Of the rugs which I have seen, only yours have got enough character as a background for my new designs of furniture to be exhibited at ‘La Triennale di Milano’, please can you weave for this exhibition a rug of approximately nine by seven feet”. Taken from a letter by Robin Day to Gerd Hay-Edie, 1951.

Mourne Textiles has reissued the 1951 La Triennale di Milano rug designed by Gerd Hay-Edie, founder of Mourne Textiles. The Milano rug is included in the Mourne Textiles collection available at Margaret Howell. Hand woven on the original loom, using the same materials and techniques Gerd used over sixty years ago, each rug takes 3 weeks to complete. The reissue design is produced on a linen warp, combining looped wool yarns and hand twisted unspun fleece to create a rich surface effect.

Photograph - Tara Fisher
Photograph – Tara Fisher

In 1950 Gerd showed her first collection of rugs to The Design Council in London, her designs were accepted by the Council and photographs sent to leading designers, including Robin Day, for consideration in future commissions and collaborations. Robin Day first presented Gerd’s designs in 1951 at La Triennale di Milano and The Festival of Britain, the new rug was shown in an exhibition room set alongside Robin Day’s furniture, etched panels by Geoffrey Clarke and ceramics by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.

100% Wool/Linen/Unspun Hand Twisted Fleece. 175 x 117cms

Available to order at our 34 Wigmore Street, London shop.


Mourne Textiles has been weaving for over half a century from their workshop at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. The family business was established by Gerd Hay-Edie, a Norwegian design pioneer who became a noted creative force in the mid-century design movement, working on collaborations with Robin Day for Hille, Terence Conran and Liberty to produce bespoke upholstery fabrics and rugs. Gerd’s interpretations of traditional Irish tweeds were admired by the fashion industry and used to produce innovative clothing fabrics for Irish designer Sybil Connolly in the mid 1950’s.

Today Mourne continues to source yarns from Donegal, custom dying the wool and linen to match the heritage pieces originally created by Gerd, thereby ensuring modern production remains true to the history and traditions of the workshop. The yarns are intrinsic to Mourne’s Irish-Scandinavian roots, providing a warm, rich and textured quality to contemporary designs, each a testament to Gerd’s classic and timeless style.

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