No pattern should be without some sort of meaning. ~William Morris
Enter the Pomegranate
Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted no fewer than eight paintings of Proserpine, the goddess carried off by Pluto to his palace of the dead in the underworld. His model for Proserpine was Jane Morris, William Morris's wife and Rossetti's mistress for nearly a decade, from 1865 to 1876, when Jane discovered his addiction to the opiate, laundanum. Rossetti also painted Jane as Beatrice, Pandora, and Astarte, but it was the goddess of the underworld that he returned again and again.
Lilies have long been associated with restored innocence after death.
Lily and Pomegranate Design
After Rossetti's death in 1882, Morris brought these symbols together in his design for Lily and Pomegranate. Morris's design shows a complex background pattern. When this design was transferred to a wood block for wallpaper and fabric printing, the pattern was represented by dots suggesting "snow".
William Morris Lily and Pomegranate - woodblock design with "snow".
Lily and Pomegranate Tiles
Lily and Poemegranate is available with a white, cream, Rossetti blue, deep red, or cobalt background.
Lily and Pomegranate Colors and Options
This tile is seamless on the horizontal.
Designer: William Morris
Date: Lily and Pomegranate was first printed in 1886, four years after Rossetti's death in 1882.
Sizes: 4.25 inch 6, or 8 inch tiles
Additional Variations: Rossetti blue (with or without "snow")
Custom colors are available. Shown is Tangerine flowers on cream: