The Forest      Catalog      Articles      How to Order Tile      Site Map      Search      Contact

Golden Lily by William Morris

William Morris Tile Golden Lily large backsplash

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 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

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

William Morris Tile Golden Lily backsplash

Golden Lily Backsplash Pricing

Backsplash, 8 6-inch tiles (24 inches x 12 inches, two rows of four tiles): $820

Backsplash 18 4.25-inch tiles (25.5 inches x 12.75 inches, three rows of 6 tiles) $1740

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.

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

Golden Lily Border Tile Pricing

8 x 6 inch border tile: $74

How to Order Tile

Golden Lily Accent Tiles

William Morris: Golden Lily tile

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

William Morris Tile Golden Lily, Huntington fabric

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:


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.


Related Pages

Limited Edition Golden Lily

Tiles from Textiles Gallery