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William Morris and Morris & Co. Acanthus

William Morris Acanthus design

Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls; for they are that which makes your house and home; and if you don't make some sacrifice in their favour, you will find that your chambers have a kind of makeshift lodging appearance about them, however rich and handsome your movables may be. ~William Morris

Iconic Morris

Acanthus is an early Morris pattern and no pattern is more iconic William Morris. Morris described it as a "luxurious" pattern, an appropriate description since early on, Morris textiles were only available to the wealthy class. Acanthus later found its way to printed wallpaper and eventually to large pattern printed wallpaper, printed at Merton Abbey. These larger patterns were slower to be well-received by the middle classes than the textiles had been by artistocratic and artsy circles.

By his death in 1896, Morris had transformed the way way the middle classes decorated their homes.

This tile based on a later Morris & Co. embroidery. It shows the hand of John Henry Dearle (see the daffodils), but also May Morris, who headed the Embroidery Department at Morris and Co.

William Morris Acanthus embroidery, based on a Morris and Co. design, supervised by May Morris

Acanthus Tiles

Designer: William Morris, May Morris, John Henry Dearle

Date: As early as 1874, but Acanthus evolved well into the 1880s.

Pricing for William Morris Acanthus Tiles

6 x 6 inch tiles: $56 each

8 x 8 inch tiles: $78 each

Acanthus Vertical Backsplash

William Morris Acanthus 12-tile backsplash, based on a Morris and Co. design, supervised by May Morris

The Acanthus embroidery 12-tile backsplash is available on 4.25 inch tiles (12.75 inches x 17 inches). A 6 tile backsplash is available on 6 inch tiles (12 x 18 inches).

Backgrounds: White, wheat, cobalt, black

Pricing for William Morris Acanthus Backsplash

4.25 inch tiles (12 tiles): $1195 each

6 inch tiles (6 tiles): $795 each

Acanthus Low Border Mural

William Morris Acanthus undercabinet tiles

Each Acanthus border mural is 12 inches square, on four 6 inch tiles. This configuration may work for an undercabinet area or above a sink / below a window.

Backgrounds: White, wheat, cobalt, black

Pricing for William Morris Acanthus Low Border

6 inch tiles (4 tiles): $302 each (first set, $255 each additional set)