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No pattern should be without some sort of meaning. ~William Morris
Lily and Pomegranate is available with a white (not shown), ivory, Jupiter blue, cobalt, heritage red or coal background.
Lily and Pomegranate, Jupiter Blue background
Lily and Pomegranate, Cobalt background
Lily and Pomegranate, Heritage Red background
Lily and Pomegranate, Coal background
Lily and Pomegranate, Ivory background
4.25 inch square tiles: $55
6 inch square tiles: $68
8 inch square tiles: $81
I also offer Lily and Pomegranate in two additional variations. Please see the descriptions for the available backgrounds for these variations.
Lily and Pomegranate is available with the original snow on the woodcut with the following backgrounds: Jupiter blue, coal, heritage red. Snow is not available on white, cobalt, or ivory backgrounds.
Lily and Pomegranate, Coal background with Morris 'snow'
Lily and Pomegranate, Heritage Red with 'snow'
Victorian tastes favored stronger colors than our modern tastes. Red pomegranates are only available on the dove white and the indigo background shown.
William Morris Lily and Pomegranate - custom variation on indigo background
William Morris Lily and Pomegranate - custom variation on dove white background
Jane Burden Morris, 1860
Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted no fewer than eight paintings of Morris's wife, Jane, as Proserpine, the goddess carried off by Pluto to his palace of the dead in the underworld. Jane was Rossetti's mistress for nearly a decade, from 1865 to 1876, when Jane discovered his addiction to the opiate, laundanum. Rossetti also painted Jane as Beatrice, Pandora, and Astarte, but it was the goddess of the underworld that he returned again and again.
Lilies have long been associated with restored innocence after death.
After Rossetti's death in 1882, Morris brought these symbols together in his design for Lily and Pomegranate. Morris's design shows a complex background pattern. When this design was transferred to a wood block for wallpaper and fabric printing, the pattern was represented by dots suggesting "snow", and the winter that followed Demeter's loss of her daughter and Morris's own innocence at the loss of his idealized love for Jane.