William Morris (1834–1896)
was one of the greatest creative figures of the 19th century. As a visionary designer, as well as a manufacturer, writer, artist, and socialist activist, he pioneered the Arts and Crafts movement of the Victorian era,
and left an extraordinary influence on architecture, textile, and interior design.
This richly illustrated book offers a suitably beautiful introduction to Morris’s colorful life and all aspects of his design work
, including interiors, tiles, embroidery, tapestries, carpets, and calligraphy
. Though best known in his lifetime as a poet and author, it is these exquisite designs
that secured Morris’s posthumous reputation. As page after page dazzles with their beautiful patterns and forms
, we explore the pioneering craftsmanship and natural motifs that inspired them, as well as Morris’s remarkable cultural legacy, through British textiles, Bauhaus
, and even modern environmentalism.