WILLIAM MORRIS STYLE

Tapestry weaving experienced a revival in England with new designs by Morris & Co., inspired by medieval designs. Morris was keen to revive the medieval technique of high warp tapestry weaving, he considered tapestry to be the noblest of the arts of weaving and felt it demanded a high level of design.

Vine and Acanthus was the first tapestry William Morris designed and wove in his own home. William Morris, Henry Dearle and Phillip Webb designs feature swirling acanthus leaves which are the hallmarks of this beautiful style. Many tapestries share a common palette of colours which allow for a coherent design style with different pieces. During the last years of his life Morris was engaged in the production of the Holy Grail tapestries at Merton Abbey. Morris's tapestry workshop at Merton Abbey continued to weave for clients around the world for many years after his death.

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CH1004 ARMING AND DEPARTURE FOR THE QUEST

This tapestry shows the Ladies of the Court at Camelot helping to arm the Knights of the Round Table. Originally woven by Morris & Co 1895. Loom woven

WM8161 VINE AND ACANTHUS

The original tapestry was the first and only tapestry woven entirely by William Morris himself at his home Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London in 1879. The loom was set up in the bedroom and took Morris 516 hours weaving over many months. This tapestry design has over the years been known as Cabbage and Vine and Acanthus and Vine. Loom woven

WM8162 THE WOODPECKER TAPESTRY

Reproduction of an original tapestry designed by William Morris in 1885 and woven at Merton Abbey. The verse reads "I, once a king and chief, now am the tree bark's thief, ever twist trunk and leaf, chasing the prey." Loom woven. Special note the largest size is a hand woven tapestry. see also catalogue number WM8175 for a version without the scroll.

WM8163 BIRDS AND ACANTHUS

The original design dates from the late 1870s and results from William Morris's study of birds, it features a fine array of leaves. Loom woven

WM8164 POMONA

A tapestry depicting the fruitful abundance of Autumn, woven around 1890. Loom woven

WM8165 THE PEACOCK

From the collaborative design by William Morris and Phillip Webb titled "The Forest Tapestry". Loom woven

WM8166 THE ORCHARD

Originally woven circa 1890 this tapestry depicts the seasons. Loom woven

WM8167 THE FOREST

From "The Forest Tapestry" woven by Morris & Co in 1887. Loom woven

WM8168 THE MINSTREL

Designed by William Morris and Henry Dearle circa 1890, to hang over a fireplace. Loom woven

WM8169 CORINTHE

A rich design of leaves and sylised flowers, originally woven around 1880. Loom woven

WM8170 THE ORANGE TREE

This tapestry was created by Morris & Co around 1900. Loom woven

WM8171 BIRDS

From an original design around 1880 featuring birds and swirling foliage. Loom woven

WM8172 FOX AND PHEASANTS

This tapestry was originally wozen in 1887 and features a magnificent border of fruit, berries and leaves. Loom woven

WM8173 THE GARDEN

The original tapestry was produced by Morris & Co at Merton Abbey in Surrey circa 1910. Loom woven

WM8174 FLORA

Woven around 1885 by Morris & Co where Flora represents the season of summer. Loom woven

WM8175 THE WOODPECKER

This version of the Woodpecker is similar to catalogue number WM8162 but is without the scroll. Loom woven

WM8176 ACANTHUS

This tapestry design was created from an original wallhanging circa 1880. Loom woven