Following the launch of the recent Morris & Co Compilation fabrics collection that compiles some of the finest and most iconic William Morris fabric designs into one fantastic compendium, and the launch of the Rouen Velvets range where you can find William Morris velvet fabrics now, we wanted to give an overview of the brand and share some of our personal favourite curtain and upholstery fabrics.
Of course, if you don’t want to read about the rise of the Morris and Co fabric brand you can go straight in and buy William Morris fabric by the meter from all of the collections in past years.
William Morris History
William Morris (1834-1896) is regarded by some as the greatest designer and one of the most outstanding figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement. That movement still thrives today pushed by artisans all of the world, and not only was he considered an influential leader he was also a poet, artist, philosopher, typographer and political theorist. In 1861, with a group of friends, he started the decorating business Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. providing beautiful, handcrafted products and furnishings for the home. Morris was motivated by the desire to provide affordable ‘art for all’ and driven by his boundless enthusiasm, the output of the company was prolific, and later became known as Morris and Co. That quote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” has now become more pertinent to interior design in 2019 with many young interior designers focusing on sustainable and eco friendly home furnishings.
Over the next 150 years they became best know for fabric and wallpaper designs and evolved into the company we know simply as Morris & Co. While the company grew it also faced some turbulent years in the First and Second World wars, and we think a recession is a bad! Unfortunately Morris & Co. finally went into voluntary liquidation in 1940 but the design archives and remaining wallpaper stock were purchased by another household name in home furnishings, Arthur Sanderson & Sons. Morris & Co. has remained a part of the Sanderson family ever since and today they sit alongside each other as distinctive and unique brand under the Style Library banner alongside Anthology, Zoffany, Sanderson, Harlequin and Scion.
So those seeking a Sanderson William Morris fabric we believe should always look to the Morris & Co brand, but is it the only company producing William Morris fabric?
Well it is certainly if not the, one of THE best, fabric manufacturers bringing life back to the notable William Morris Fabric Designs, there of course other brands and collections that touch on the whole Arts and Crafts design movement creating fabrics with a similar design ethos such as:
ILiv fabrics are at the more economical end of the spectrum and have collections for every style, a company that is passionate about designing fabrics to suit any interior space. In the aptly named Arts and Crafts range you can witness the influence of Morris within the fabric pattern designs.
Even with ILiv Cotswold fabric range the Arts & Craft style can be seen across the pattern designs.
GP and J Baker founded in 1884, needs no real introduction, by 1893 GP & J Baker was employing some of the leading Arts and Crafts designers of the time and an in-house studio led by W.J. Thomas began developing designs from the extensive archive. In a recent collection their Originals V Prints they take a group of inspired interpretations of archival prints, designed specifically for GP & J Baker by leading artists of the early 20th century, originally hand block or roller printed.
WATTS OF WESTMINSTER
Watts of Westminster to this day, amongst other things, manufacturer hand blocked wallpapers and fabrics of the highest quality that are in keeping with the arts and crafts design movement. They even reference the “naturalism of William Morris” in their early years as inspirations for their designs.
Morris & Co
Continually moving things forward, in their latest range Melsetter from Style Library showcases the incredible talents of May Morris, daughter of William and one of the most influential figures in English embroidery. Continuing the desire for impeccable fabric design this range of fourteen designs displays flawless techniques and a distinctive style, deserving to be recognised and enjoyed, and perhaps used in an interior setting in your home.
William Morris Curtain Fabric
William Morris print fabrics are always a great choice for a statement pair of curtains, the designs are carefully considered so they look great either when drawn or open. Heavily patterned pops of colours, or individual design elements, catch the eye to create a visual delight, and while more suited to a more traditional interior setting, we have seen these designs stand out in more contemporary installations.
What is the most favoured William Morris curtain material, well that is down to the individual but Golden Lily and Strawberry Thief above are just two to mention, other designs like Chrysanthemum, William Bough, Seaweed, Brer Rabbit and Fruit are also known to be popular amongst customers.
Of course, it doesn’t need to be a print fabric you may opt for a more opulent look for your curtains by using a William Morris Velvet fabric like the recent Morris and Co Sunflower design, a stylised sunflower on a sumptuous velvet ground suitable for drapes and upholstery.
We specialize in William Morris curtain fabric with an in-house workroom with over 40 years experience, we regularly create stunning William Morris curtains with or without trimmings and accessories, for customers far and wide and even have some sets on show in our showroom below, based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. UK
William Morris Upholstery Fabric
With his designs continually being reinvented and re-imagined by Morris and Co, William Morris upholstery fabrics are more popular than ever, especially when you can find them printed on a luxurious 100% cotton velvet, to give that soft and sumptuous feel.
Morris and Co Rouen Velvets explores seven iconic designs on a wonderful cotton velvet base embracing colour, texture and pattern in ways never seen before, and if not to be used on a sofa or chair, equally charming when used on bespoke cushion or foot stool to bring some pattern and dynamic into an interior setting.
Whatever you may need William Morris fabric by the meter, or you may need curtain, upholstery, print or velvet with or without made to measure curtain services and or upholstery please browse online and contact us should you need any assistance.