Ronald Grierson was a British designer of textiles, carpets, and wallpaper. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and Grosvenor School of Modern Art.

He designed the posters and interiors between 1927 and 1928. He learned to weave early in the 1930s. Jean Orage weaved some of his rugs and tapestry models. Others were developed in India by weavers on cotton warps in knotted wool that produced a close pile. With influences from Synthetic Cubism, his motifs contained elements of continental Modernism.  

Old Bleach Linen, Campbell Fabrics, Wilton Royal Carpet Factory, and Tomkinsons,  were among his many clients for clothing, carpet, and wallpaper designs.   He made embroideries along with his wife.

Print by Ronald Grierson for Campbell Fabrics 1934
Print by Ronald Grierson for Campbell Fabrics 1934

He taught at Camberwell School of Art from 1945-48 and, until 1977, at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute. He wrote the book Woven Rugs (1952).

In the 1930s, his work was displayed at several of the major exhibitions of decorative and industrial art. He had a  one-person show, Redfern Gallery, London, 1936.   1979-80, Thirties exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London featured examples of his embroidery, rugs, and lino-prints.

Sources

Battersby, M. (1971). The decorative thirties. Studio Vista.

Bennett, I. (1977). Complete illustrated rugs & carpets of the world. A & W Publishers.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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