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Heart of the Rose

Edward Burne-Jones

Tile Mural Backsplash

The Romance of the Rose

I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose. ~Chaucer, The Romaunt of the Rose

Heart of the Rose tile mural

Chaucer's adaptation of the medieval French Le Romaunt de la Rose inspired this Burne-Jones embroidery. Maybe. It's complicated.

Three major fragments of The Romaunt of the Rose, were the center of much discussion in the 1870's, when Edward Burne-Jones undertook the first series of Rose embroideries, and the conversation has been revisted in the decades since. Chaucer claimed that he translated Le Roman but is William Morris's Kelmscott Chaucer the same translation? The general consensus today is that only Fragment A is Chaucer's work. None of this was sorted out, if indeed it is now sorted out, during work on the Kelmscott Chaucer and these designs.

Burne-Jones did two tapestry designs for the final scene in Le Romaunt de la Rose. The version shown here is closer to the Kelmscott Chaucer text description.

Title: Romance of the Rose - Edward Burne-Jones tile mural backsplash Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

This design is based on an Edward Burne-Jones design for embroidery.


13 x 17 inch (4.25 inch tiles) : $1270

18 x 24 inch (6-inch tiles): $1398



Heart of the Rose tile mural

John Henry Dearle Lilies

Morris & Co. produced this version of tapestry in 1901 from Burne-Jones design. John Henry Dearle added the lilies in the foreground.

Original Burne-Jones embroidery
										design for Heart of the Rose, produced after his death in 1901. Foreground lilies were later added
										by John Henry Dearle for Morris & Co.
Original design for Heart of the Rose