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Tulip and rose

Furnishing Fabric
1876 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This pattern is the first dateable design by William Morris for woven furnishing textiles for wall hangings and curtains. It was registered during the period when he was preoccupied with designing 'Kidderminster' type flat-woven carpets, also made for him by the Heckmondwike Manufacturing Company in Yorkshire. In the twentieth century 'Tulip and Rose' was available as powerloom-woven silk and linen, and silk and cotton mixed fabrics, and recommended for seat upholstery in wool.

In 1875 Morris founded his company Morris & Co., producing textiles commercially for sale in two London shops. 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woven woollen triple cloth
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric 'Tulip and rose' of woven woollen triple cloth, designed by William Morris, made by Heckmondwike Manufacturing Company, Great Britain, 1876
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of woven woollen triple cloth. With a design of symmetrical tulips and roses within compartments formed by stems and leaves.
Dimensions
  • Length: 297cm
  • Width: 171cm
  • Weight: 5.72kg
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs G. M. Spear
Production
Design registered 20/01/1876.
Subject depicted
Summary
This pattern is the first dateable design by William Morris for woven furnishing textiles for wall hangings and curtains. It was registered during the period when he was preoccupied with designing 'Kidderminster' type flat-woven carpets, also made for him by the Heckmondwike Manufacturing Company in Yorkshire. In the twentieth century 'Tulip and Rose' was available as powerloom-woven silk and linen, and silk and cotton mixed fabrics, and recommended for seat upholstery in wool.



In 1875 Morris founded his company Morris & Co., producing textiles commercially for sale in two London shops. 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.
Bibliographic Reference
Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.390A-1970

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record createdJanuary 14, 2004
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