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William Morris 'The Forest' Tapestry

Borders, Backsplash, Accent tiles, and Garden Mural

Forest tapestry two-row backsplash, design by William Morris

The Beasts that be in woodland waste,
now sit and see nor ride nor haste


I have five versions of The Forest available:

The Forest Border Tiles

Forest tapestry border tiles, design by William Morris

The Forest Border is a set of four six-inch tiles. The overall size is 24 x 6, without grout. The border is suitable for interior walls.

Title: William Morris 'The Forest' Border

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 24 x 6 inches.

Forest Border Price : $670 ($590 for 4.25 inch).

Also available on three 8 x 6 inch tiles.

The Forest Backsplash

The Forest Backsplash is a ceramic backsplash on 16 4.25 inch tiles, with an overall size of 34 x 8.5 inches. This in an undercabinet backsplash and variations in height can be filled in with a complementary border tile.

Forest tapestry two-row backsplash, design by William Morris

Title: William Morris 'The Forest' Undercabinet Backsplash

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 34 inches x 8.5 inches.

Forest Backsplash Price: $1780

Also available: 6 inch tiles (48 inches x 12 inches), $2880

Forest Animals Accent Tiles on Ceramic or Tumbled Marble Stone

Forest Animals Accent Tiles make up a set of 5 ceramic or 6 tumbled marble forest animal tiles. Intended for interior use only, they can be used for fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, or any interior wall. They can be sealed for use in a kitchen or bath, as shown in the dragon backsplash.

Lion tile, based on William Morris 'The Forest' tapestry Hare tile, based on William Morris 'The Forest' tapestry Fox tile, based on William Morris 'The Forest' tapestry Raven tile, based on William Morris 'The Forest' tapestry Peacock tile, William Morris 'The Forest'

More about the William Morris Forest Animal Accent tiles (in ceramic and marble)


'The Lion' Kitchen Backsplash

12-tile 'The Forest' Backsplash

Lion Backsplash Specifications

The Lion mural on 6 inch tiles measures 24 inches wide by 18 inches high, without grout.

The Lion mural on 4.25 inches measures 17 inches x 12.75 inches, without grout.

Lion Backsplash Pricing

4.25 inch tiles: $1088

6 inch tiles: $1344


The Forest Garden Mosaic

The Forest Garden Mural (a 48 inch by 12 inch mosiac mural). The Forest mural can be installed indoors or outdoors in temperate climates, and even some light freezes.

This mural is waterproof and with sealed grouting can be installed indoors or outdoors. You'll want to avoid hours and hours of direct sunlight. The mosaic will accept an occasional dip in temperature but will not stand up to repeated freezes and thaws. Hawaii, southern California, and Texas should be fine. I'm in Oregon and we get an occasional ice storm with several days of freezing weather so I wouldn't do it here.

Because of the blanks I'm using for this mural, you should expect more imperfections than in a regular ceramic tile. There may be small chips at the edge of individual tiles as shown in this picture. I don't think this detracts but if you do prefer every piece perfect, you will be happier with the larger backsplash tiles.

William Morris 'The Forest' mural

    Title: William Morris 'The Forest' Mosaic Mural

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: 12 inches by 48 inches, in 16 six-inch sheets, 36 tiles per sheet

    Thickness: 3/16 inch (.5 cm)

    Weight: .56 pound per sheet

    Mural Price: $3400*.

    * Also available in 6 inches by 24 inches for $2200.


    Field Tiles (Background Tiles)

    I'm frequently asked about field tiles for 'The Forest' backsplash? I like these. If they seem dark, there is a range of earth colors available, from reds to browns to blacks.

    Medieval diamonds field tiles (Saxon tiles, York, UK), Chappelle de Saint Cucaphas Quatrefoils, Medieval Oak leaf tiles from Acton Burnell parish -- tiles from Inglenook tile design

    These field come from the Castles and Abbeys collection from Inglenook Tile Design. Plain field tiles are also available in the same color range. I bought my own kitchen tiles from Inglenook and can recommend them without reservation.

    'The Forest' Border Cottage Installation

    William Morris 'The Forest' installation, Northern California


    Choosing Grout

    The color grout you choose has more of an impact than you might think. There are no wrong choices; it's personal taste. Here is a large Forest fireplace shown with dark grout. (See it with light grout). You can change even your mind, with grout stain and a small paintbrush. (Compare side by side.)


    More Photos

    The Forest with Dark Grout

    William Morris The Forest backsplash tiles, black grout William Morris The Forest backsplash tiles, dark charcoal grout

    Fireplace with Light Grout

    William Morris The Forest backsplash tiles, light grout

    Ungrouted Tiles

    William Morris The Forest backsplash tiles, different sizes

    Tile sizes, from Top: 4.25 inch tiles (glossy), 6 inch tile (satin), 6 inch panel of 3 inch tiles (satin).

The Forest tapestry and Forest Animal Drawings and the V & A

Forest tapestry and Philip Webb designs at the V & A

About 'The Forest'

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.