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Golden Lily by William Morris

William Morris: Golden Lily

If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream. ~William Morris


Golden Lily History

Golden Lily was designed as early as 1870, and was produced by Morris & Co. between 1880-1917 was a hand-printed woodblock paper. Like Blackthorn, it shows Morris's expansive hand with a symmetrical wandering as well as the detailed touches we associate with John Henry Dearle. It is likely that Morris designed the broad lies of this pattern, and it was finished by Dearle.

Golden Lily Accent Tiles

The Golden Lily tiles are based on detail from the original Morris & Co. fabric at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California (shown). This pattern is taken directly from that fabric.

Designer: William Morris and John Henry Dearle

Sizes: 6 inch square, or 8 x 6 inches inch tiles.

Borders: The Golden Lily 6-inch tile is seamless on the horizontal, making it an excellent choice for borders.

Backsplash: The Golden Lily 8x 6-inch tile is seamless in both directions. It makes a strong statement on a wall or backsplash.

Golden Lily Backsplash

The Golden Lily backsplash is available in 4.25 and 6 inch tiles (25.5 inches x 12.75 inches or 24 inches x 12 inches).

William Morris Tile Golden Lily backsplash

Golden Lily Pricing

6 inch square tiles: $56

6 inch by 8 inch borders: $74

Backsplash, 8 6-inch tiles: $820

Backsplash, 18 4.25-inch tiles: $1640

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How Golden Lily Was Made

William Morris: Golden Lily, 6 x 8 inch seamless tiles

From the Morris & Co. swatchbook:


Hand or Block-printed Papers and Machine-printed Papers.

MORRIS AND COMPANY are often asked "What is the advantage of hand-printed papers over those printed by machine?"

HAND-PRINTED PAPERS are produced very slowly, each block used being dipped into pigment and then firmly pressed on to the paper, giving a great body of colour. This process takes place with each separate colour, which is slowly dried before another is applied. The consequence is that in the finished paper there is a considerable mass of solid colour.

MACHINE-PRINTED PAPERS are produced at a great speed, all the colours being printed at one time and rapidly dried in a heated gallery. In consequence of the speed at which they are printed, there is merely a film of colour deposited on the surface of the paper.

FOR PERMANENT USE we strongly recommend the hand-printed paper.