If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream. ~William Morris
About Golden Lily
The Golden Lily tiles are based on the original Morris & Co. fabric at the
Huntington Library in San Marino, California (shown). This pattern is taken directly from
Designer: William Morris and John Henry Dearle
Year: As early as 1870, Produced 1880-1917. (see history).
Golden Lily is available as a backsplash, as border tiles, and as a seamless accent tile.
Golden Lily Backsplash
Golden lily is seamless in both directions. Each tiles is 4.25 inches. The base repeat is four rows of three tiles each, but single rows and columns can be added to accommodate the size of your installation.
Small Golden Lily Backsplash
(3 rows and 4 columns, 12 tiles)
Three rows, four columns, $820 (12 tiles)
Additional rows: $184 (4 tiles)
Additional columns: $138 (three tiles)
Medium Golden Lily Backsplash
(5 rows and 4 columns, 20 tiles)
Five rows, four columns, $1270 (20 tiles)
Additional rows: $230 (5 tiles)
Additional columns: $184 (4 tiles)
Large Golden Lily Backsplash
(5 rows and 5 columns, 25 tiles)
Five rows, five columns, $1560 (25 tiles)
Additional tiles: $46 each tile
Golden Lily Border
The Golden Lily 8x 6-inch border tile is seamless in both directions. It makes a strong statement as a border but can be stacked to form a backsplash.
The Golden Lily Accent tiles are 6 x 6 and are seamless on the horizontal, making it also good for borders.
Golden Lily Accent Tile Pricing
6 inch square tiles: $56
Golden Lily History
Golden Lily was designed as early as 1870, and was produced by Morris & Co. between 1880-1917 as 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 lines of this pattern, and it was finished by Dearle.
How Golden Lily Was Made
From the Morris & Co. swatchbook:
THESE PAPERS ARE PRINTED BY HAND
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.