Morris & Co

2011 saw the 150th anniversary of the founding of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. later to become Morris & Co., renowned globally for its distinctive style ‘The Firm’ aimed to create the finest hand-made fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings at competitive prices – something that was considered controversial at the time The founding of this company is an important landmark in British design history as the then vogue for opulent interiors had previously dominated Victorian style. Morris’ hand-crafted design aesthetic was a revolution in decoration The stature of William Morris has grown throughout the 20th century His work is synonymous with excellence of design and his legacy is reflected in the continuous demand for Arts & Crafts wallpapers and fabrics to this day

Collections

Morris’ wallpaper designs are among the best-known examples of his work and he personally designed 46 wallpapers and 5 ceiling papers over his career. Jeffrey & Co. of Islington printed his papers under the personal supervision of Metford Warner, the Managing Director who set up a special department to handle the work. Morris remained closely involved in the production of his designs, choosing the colours and overseeing the printing. Archive Wallpapers is a selection of 11 iconic designs from the Morris & Co. archive. Reproduced as faithfully to the originals as possible in scale and colour, some have also been given a 21st century twist using metallics and modern techniques.

After establishing ’The Firm’s’ production of wallpapers, William Morris turned his attention to the production of hand-blocked printed fabrics. Most early Morris prints were produced at Bannister Hall but later Morris moved to Merton Abbey and set up his own print works. In producing the Archive Prints Collection, the studio has retained the characteristics of hand block printing and some of the original colourations. The Collection includes original designs by Morris & Co. with new designs inspired by his woven tapestries and embroideries painted by the present design team.

Archive III

Archive III Prints brings together faithful reproductions of classic fabrics including ‘Tulip’ and ‘Snakeshead’ with new, exciting designs such as ‘Rosehip’, ‘Swans’ and ‘Primrose & Columbine’, all inspired by Morris’ ceramic tiles.    Adapting long established wallpaper patterns to fabrics for the first time breathes new life into some much loved favourites including ‘Pimpernel’ and ‘Morris Seaweed’.  There are ten print designs to choose from and are all complemented by the Archive III Wallpapers in nine designs and woodland Embroideries in classic, warm colour palettes and new, cool grey tones for the traditional and more contemporary interior.

Woodland Embroderies

Woodland Embroideries is a collection taken from designs in the archive as well as William De Morgan’s ceramic tiles, and an ottoman style fabric found in Wightwick Manor.  Woodland Embroideries is an exquisitely designed collection of five designs including the glorious, multi-coloured ‘Artichoke’ on silk, to the simple, naive ‘Woodland Animal’ and ‘Woodland Tree’ on linen/cotton.

To view the full selection of Morris & Co collections we offer please visit our showroom in Hatfields of Colchester, Essex or call 01206 571000 to speak to one of our experts.

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