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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
Acanthus is an early Morris pattern and no pattern is more iconic William Morris. These tiles based on the original William Morris 1874 textile pattern, first manufactured as wallpaper by Jeffrey and Co. in 1875.
Morris described Acanthus 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 is based on the original Morris design for wallpaper, but also see May Morris Acanthus, his daughter's implementation for embroidery.
Designer: William Morris
Date: As early as 1874, but Acanthus evolved well into the 1880s.
6 x 6 inch tiles: $62 each
8 x 8 inch tiles: $81 each
From left: Rose Gold, Acanthus Royale, Victorian Amethyst, Black Hills Gold, Yellow Gold, Heavenly Blues
Available Backgrounds: Black, Indigo, Mulberry
Available Backgrounds: Black, Indigo
8 x 8 inch tiles: $82 each
Acanthus is available as a four-tile border in Heavenly Blue and Tarnished Silver only. It is seamless in both directions so can be stacked to form a backsplash.
4.25 inch tiles (4 tiles): $290 set (first set, $258 each additional set)
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tiles from tapestry and embroiderymay morris acanthus
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