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William Morris Wall Hangings

Since Medievel times, tapestries have been a symbol of prosperity and prestige. Today they are considered luxurious, decorative and highly collectible works of art which can transform homes, offices, hotels and restaurants. Modern weaving techniques have made these exceptionally fine wall hangings, once only the domain of the very affluent, significantly more accessable.

William Morris was born in Essex (hoorah) a man of the people and believed art should be for everyone, not just the elite. Reviving many ancient crafts, tapestry weaving amongst them, was an opportunity to do this. I have William Morris wallpaper in my dining room - which I have never tired of in the thirty years it's been on the wall - so can attest to his success in achieving this aim. Marianne Stokes one of his designers is, I'm delighted to say, an ancestor on my mothers side. He built a high-warp loom in his bedroom and taught himself to weave from an 18th century French craft manual. He visited French weavers and the ailing Aubusson factory. With friends such as Edward Burne-Jones, John Henry Dearle they formed Morris & Co. An important part of the Arts & Crafts movement which he headed.

Their influence was spread far and wide from architecture to gardens. They designed tapestries based on medieval styles and techniques and became a commercial success reviving the ancient craft. Perhaps best known for his Tree of Life tapestry shown below. Much of Morris & Co.'s design work and manufacturing was done at Merton Abbey, a village on the River Wandle in Surrey. Despite his ambition to be a painter and his later reputation as a writer, poet, publisher, political thinker and activist, it is as a designer of patterns, particularly botanical images, for which he is most well known

This is the most comprehensive collection of it's kind in the United Kingdom. From the gift-size screen and printed pieces to pure wool hand-woven wall hangings, the collection presents tapestries to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.

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Adoration of the Maji
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - The Round Table First produced in 1890 for Ex..
£570.00
Ex Tax: £570.00
Angels - Raphael
Angels Angels by Raphael. Code: 7G Size: 50 x 65cm - larger sizes available upon request..
£95.00
Ex Tax: £95.00
Birth of Venus
Birth of Venus Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Code: 3G Size: 70 x 108cm  - larger s..
£125.00
Ex Tax: £125.00
Diana
Diana Woven at the Gobelins 17th century. It is part of a series of 4 tapestries of the 'Port..
£472.00
Ex Tax: £472.00
Ehret die Frauen Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co Designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Marianne Stok..
£375.00
Ex Tax: £375.00
Flora Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging  Flora A pair with Pomona, Flora, The Roman Goddess of Flo..
£340.00
Ex Tax: £340.00
Fox & Pheasants
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - Fox & Pheasants this was the first tapest..
£570.00
Ex Tax: £570.00
King Arthur and Knights of the Round Table
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - The Round Table This tapestry was designed by..
£380.00
Ex Tax: £380.00
Spring - Botticelli
Spring by Botticelli. Three Graces Size: 100 x 70cm Made in Belgium ..
£125.00
Ex Tax: £125.00
The Arming and Departure of the Knights - The Holy Grail
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - The Arming and Departure of the Knights - The Hol..
£750.00
Ex Tax: £750.00
The Holy Grail - left panel
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - Holy Grail - left panel The first of six pane..
£370.00
Ex Tax: £370.00
The Letter
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging - The Letter A masterpiece of the late 19th century Pre-Raphael..
£975.00
Ex Tax: £975.00
Tree of Life  Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - Tree of LIfe The design for this exquisite ha..
£340.00
Ex Tax: £340.00
Verdures with Reindeer and Coats of Arms
Flemish Tapestry Wall Hanging Morris & Co - The Round Table This tapestry was designed by..
£380.00
Ex Tax: £380.00
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