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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. ~John Muir
The Forest Tapestry (1887) was designed by William Morris (flowers and background), architect and friend Philip Webb (animals) and John Henry Dearle (floral details). It was later woven out of wool and silk on cotten warp in the Merton Abbey workshops by Morris and Co. Dearle, Morris' favorite assistant, created the natural dyes for the tapestry. The inscription that was written across the original: "The Beasts that be in woodland waste, now sit and see nor ride nor haste" later appeared as "The Lion" in Morris's Poems by the Way (1891).
The 'Forest' design became one of the most popular in the history of Morris and Co. The original now hangs in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Forest is also available as border tiles, a backsplash, or mural.
The Forest Animals are available in both ceramic and on marble in sets of 5 tiles (ceramic) or 6 tiles (marble).
William Morris Forest Animals: Philip Webb Lion
William Morris and Philip Webb: Forest Animals
The Forest Animals are now available as accents. The Lion, King of Beasts that he is, comes on an 8 x 6 ceramic tile. The raven, hare, fox, and peacock are on 6 x 6 ceramic tiles.
Set of 5 forest animals on ceramic tile: $300
The Lion, The Fox, The Hare, The Raven, The Peacock make up a set of 5 forest animals on 6 tumbled stone tiles. They can be sealed for use in a kitchen or bath, as shown in the dragon backsplash.
Set of forest animals on marble tiles:
4 inch tiles: $420
6 inch tiles: $485
Forest tapestry and Philip Webb designs at the V & A
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