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Carpet, part - Peony and Tulip
  • Peony and Tulip
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896
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Peony and Tulip

  • Object:

    Carpet, part

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (manufactured)

  • Date:

    c.1876 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
    Morris & Co. (retailers)
    Wilton Royal Carpet Co Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    machine woven Axminster with hemp foundation and woollen pile

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Barry Sherman

  • Museum number:

    T.285-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Piece of carpet, machine woven Patent Axminster with an undyed hemp warp and a dark brown hemp weft and with cut woollen pile.
There is a border along either side which has a light orange ground. The foral pattern in this border is reproduced in rectangular blocks with the flowers facing alternately right and then left. There are three blossoms per block in dark brown, light brown, beige and light grey; the dark brown leaves are very dominant.
The ground is mottled dark green and brown, but very little shows between the densely packed floral pattern. There is no complete vertical repeat but the pattern appears to consist of two light yellow undulating parallel stems bearing stylised peonies in light yellow and red with grey, beige and light brown petals. These stems slightly overlay a band of three light yellow and beige tulips on very leafy stems.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (manufactured)

Date

c.1876 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Morris & Co. (retailers)
Wilton Royal Carpet Co Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

machine woven Axminster with hemp foundation and woollen pile

Dimensions

Width: 97 cm selvedge to selvedge, Length: 42 cm, Weight: 1.16 kg

Descriptive line

machine woven Axminster. Peony and Tulip designed by William Morris for Morris & Co, 1876, British, woven by Wilton Royal Carpet Co. Ltd.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The colour design for this is illustrated on p.83 of 'William Morris Textiles' by Linda Parry [Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1983]
See also Lewis F Day's 'The Art of William Morris' in the Easter Art Annual of the 'Art Journal' for 1899.

Materials

Hemp; Wool

Techniques

Weaving

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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