Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Tapestry Table Cover

with Fringes, William Morris Influence

Item Number T26406

William Morris, 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 all of the "Morris-esque" design qualities that suggest it's design was heavily influenced by his work.  Repeating floral patterns were among his most famous "trademarks" as were themes of opposing color.   The use of rich, darker tones, particularly dark blue, I've read, were also a hallmark of his influence.

This fabulous tablecover is woven in royal blue and cream after the style of William Morris' great repeating designs for walls and textiles.  Repeating, stylized themes take their cues from nature but are layered together geometrically, forming another more subtle pattern that is rhythmic but earthy.  The Arts and Crafts influence is evident, particularly on the border. Note the subtle pebbled outer one time called "crazing" in the textile world.  The fringes are all in tact and look as if the piece were never used.  There is one mark of age, shown below and a bit of general age on an outer fold.  Fabulous condition, offered as found.  c.1880's - 90's  56" X 72"  including 3" fringes.

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William Morris inspired antique cotton woven tapestry table cover


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