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

William Morris Acanthus, 1874

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William Morris Acanthus Tiles

William Morris Acanthus tiles

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.

Acanthus Colors and Options

More colors and options will be added as time allows.

This tile is seamless in both directions.

Designer: William Morris

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

Pricing for William Morris Acanthus Tiles

8 x 6 inch tiles: $68 each

Minimum Order: 5 tiles

William Morris Acanthus tiles, facing

Facing Acanthus tiles. This orientation works for fireplace panels or a backsplash.