English & William Morris Tapestries

The traditional technique of tapestry-weaving in England was revived in the last quarter of the 19th Century, after having declined some long while earlier. This revival of the decorative arts style in England was influenced in part by the medieval tapestry designs, including the ‘Mille-Fleurs’ (thousand flowers) motif so popular in the 15th Century, and also the ‘aristolochia leaves’ of a later period. Many designs were produced by the firm of Morris & Co. at Merton Abbey, Surrey, between 1881 and 1900.

William Morris tapestries are either silkscreen or woven. Silkscreen tapestries are reproductions of the original works hanging in places such as the Louvre, Chateaux in the Loire Valley and in private homes in Europe. These tapestries are high quality, with the emphasis on recreating the atmosphere and visual impact of the classic masterpieces.

Based on a weaving method invented in 1804, loom-woven tapestries are produced on Jacquard looms, involving the interweaving of warp and weft yarns of different colours to create the design. The setting up and control of the looms is a highly skilled and delicate operation requiring much attention to detail.

Both types are ideal investment and heirloom pieces, which are major talking points in any house or office. Due to the nature of tapestry fabric, nobility and scholars throughout history have collected and preserved these works of art. Now you can see these works of art in palaces and museums throughout the world. Or you can own a piece of history and culture to savour and preserve for yourself.

Here are most of history’s finest tapestries reproduced for you. Each tapestry comes in different sizes as detailed in the enlargements.

These works of art are the finest made in the world. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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