semi-modern "Renaissance man" of the 19th century, was best known for his
influence on the design culture and trends in the later half of the 19th
century. He is considered to be the father of the Arts and Crafts
movement. His influence was seen in interior design on wallpaper most
notably, but also in theme and coloration in all of the decorative arts.
One of his favorite design mediums was tapestry and weaving -- his original
pieces were astounding works of art which inspired other pieces, like the one
below, that were intended to be used in the home. This period piece contains
many "Morris-esque" design
qualities that suggest it could be attributed to his influence.
The acanthus leaves and pomegranates were among his most famous "trademarks" as were the themes
of repetition and interlacing vines. Themes of opposing color and tone on
tone shading, I've read, were also hallmarks of his
The society silk style of
embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.
"Society silk" is thought to be a popular reference to the Royal Society of
Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the
cottage industry of embroidering finer pieces. This glorious piece of embroidery
was executed in the society silk style and reflects a period William
Rich shading in gold and
champaign silk accentuate the fluid nature of this William Morris inspired
design of pomegranates and Arts & Crafts mums. The antique linen is medium
weight and cream in color (the photos were darkened slightly to show the
pattern) and void of flaws except for one or two very tiny holes, shown below.
This piece is remarkable for both it's eclectic period design and it's perfect
execution...an amazing "designer" piece for your finest tea table. Freshly
laundered and pressed, in excellent condition, as described. c.1890 - 1910