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Furnishing fabric - Dove and rose

Dove and rose

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Darvel (made)

  • Date:

    1879 (designed)
    1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merton Abbey Workshop (maker)
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
    Alexander Morton & Co. (weaver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jacquard-woven silk and wool double cloth, with some metal thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris & Co.

  • Museum number:

    T.26-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This repeating pattern of flowers and vegetation was designed by William Morris in 1879 and woven by Alexander Morton & Company for Morris and Company. 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. Alexander Morton established his textile company in Scotland in 1867 and manufactured silk and wool fabrics and gauzes for Morris & Co. until Morris set up his Merton Abbey Works in 1881, where he produced his own textiles.

This complex design was suitable for curtains and hangings and was available in different scales and colourings.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric

Place of Origin

Darvel (made)

Date

1879 (designed)
1879 (made)

Artist/maker

Merton Abbey Workshop (maker)
Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Alexander Morton & Co. (weaver)

Materials and Techniques

Jacquard-woven silk and wool double cloth, with some metal thread

Dimensions

Height: 29.2 cm, Width: 44.4 cm

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric designed by William Morris 1879 and made by Alexander Morton & Co. or Merton Abbey.

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

Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Parry, Linda. British Textiles from 1850 to 1900 London : Victoria and Albert Museum 1993. Plate 90.

Materials

Wool; Silk

Subjects depicted

Bird; Flower; Plant

Categories

Textiles; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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