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Furnishing fabric - Pots of Flowers
  • Pots of Flowers
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896
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Pots of Flowers

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1883 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Indigo-discharged, block-printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Morris & Co.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This floral, block printed, cotton lining fabric was designed by William Morris in 1883 and printed by Morris & Co. at Merton Abbey Works. Morris was the artist and designer who was the greatest single influence on the Arts and Crafts movement and the most successful textile designer and manufacturer of his day. Morris revived the craft of block printing and vegetable dyeing and in his own home he set up looms for tapestry weaving and the hand knotting of carpets. He was highly influenced by historical patterns and was one of the most knowledgeable textile historians of the late 19th century. Morris & Co. was founded by William Morris in 1875, producing textiles commercially for sale in two London shops.

Manufacturing indigo discharge fabrics by hand like this one is a labour intensive process. First the textile is dyed by immersion in indigo, then areas of it are bleached white again. The other vegetable dyes are block printed one by one over the bleached areas until the pattern is complete.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric

Place of Origin

England (made)


1883 (made)


Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Indigo-discharged, block-printed cotton


Length: 70.5 cm, Width: 61 cm

Descriptive line

Indigo discharged block printed cotton lining fabric by William Morris, England, 1883.

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

Parry, Linda. British Textiles from 1850 to 1900 London : Victoria and Albert Museum 1993. Plate 85.


Indigo; Cotton


Block printing




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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