William Morris Tapestries ~ The Master Weaver

Vignes and Acanthus by William Morris

Vignes and Acanthus by William Morris

The revival of medieval tapestries in the 19th century has a lot to do with the works of William Morris. Tapestries own their popularity and resurgence to the arts movement headed by William Morris in the late 1800’s throughout England. Morris was responsible for reviving many old art forms, but some of his most famous works were tapestries including the tapestry entitled The Tree of Life. Tapestries were of special inspiration to Morris who though modern production methods and designs were not nearly as creative and noble as the methods and designs of centuries past. He built a traditional high-warp loom and taught himself how to weave in the traditional French manner. He designed some of the most famous tapestries of the time including The Tree of Life and The Woodpecker with help from colleagues. He used medieval styles, techniques, and inspiration to create these famous hangings. The Quest for the Holy Grail (Camelot) series is also one of his most famous creations.

Departure of the Knights by William Morris

Departure of the Knights by William Morris

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