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
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 border...at 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.