William Morris ‘Bird’ textile design, 19th century
This textile design, called ‘Bird’, was registered in 1878, and Morris designed it for the walls of the drawing room of his family home, Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London. Morris referred to this kind of fabric as ‘woven wool tapestry,’ though it is technically a doublecloth. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
William Morris, 1834 - 96, was an English artist, writer, and social activist and a leading figure in the Arts & Crafts movement. He is best known today for his textile and wallpaper designs, many of which are still produced.