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Left: Burne-Jones tile panel, Medea, 1862.
Right: Burne-Jones, Morgan Le Fay, 1862
Tiles were an early product for Morris & Co., and actually Morris & Co. tiles were not produced for much more than a decade. Many William Morris textile designs were also implemented in tile and stained glass. William De Morgan, originally in charge of stained glass at Morris & Co., found his own interests moving in the direction of tile, and eventually started his own tile works.
Early textiles designed by William Morris and implemented by Jane Morris and the other ladies in their circle of friends. The first daisy pattern was designed by Morris and hand embroidered by Jane Morris on a blue serge material that she had found in a London shop. (1862-1865). (see Red House daisy patterns).
Early Morris, Marshall and Faulkner offerings primarily designed by William Morris. A later version of the daisy pattern (1864) was produced during this period. (1865-1868)
Later Morris, Marshall and Faulkner offerings created at based on William Morris designs but created by Kate Faulkner and others. These designs tended to be smaller and often more intricate than Morris's early designs. William Morris designed Jasmine in this time frame. Bramble, designed by Kate Faulkner, was also produced during this period. (1868-1875)
Tiles from Pre-Raphaelite tapestries (The Forest), Morris-love medieval themes (Heart of the Rose), that are reminiscent of actual medieval tapestries (The Lady and the Unicorn, The Hunt for the Unicorn).
Early Morris & Co. designs by William Morris and others at Queen Square. Morris designed Acanthus at this time. (1875-1881)
Merton Abby textiles designed first by William Morris and later by John Henry Dearle, May Morris, and others. Morris designed Brother Rabbit during this period.
Morris and Co. textiles textiles designed after Morris's attention had shifted to Kelmscott Press and Socialist issues, as well as after his death in 1896. During these years, the Firm was under the direction of John Henry Dearle for wallpaper and textiles and May Morris for embroidery. The new designs still showed a strong Morris influence. Blackthorn was designed during this period.
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