Arts and Crafts tapestry wallhangings
This section not only includes Arts and Crafts tapestry wallhangings such as the William Morris Woodpecker tapestry and William Morris Tree of Life tapestry but also designs by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. It seems appropriate to combine tapestries designed by these two friends since they often worked together and had much in common. Thus their wall tapestries produced by Morris & Co at the Merton Abbey workshops are included here.
Other Arts and Crafts tapestry wallhangings designs are in a separate section.
Click on the Arts and Crafts tapestries images below or their titles to see a larger image, a description, available sizes/prices, and the means to order securely online. We provide free shipping to North America, and worldwide shipping mostly for just $20 or $30. With each order we enclose information about how to hang a tapestry.
William Morris tapestries
William Morris, who lived from 1834 to 1896, was the principal force behind the Arts and Crafts Movement in England. William Morris tapestries are a major legacy left by this English designer, artisan, poet and social reformer who transformed many of the applied arts of his day. Along with his life-long friend Edward Burne-Jones, who also designed some of our tapestries, Morris used past influences and the natural world around him to break out of the Victorian stuffiness of his time. Inspired by artists of medieval times, by contemporary visionaries like John Ruskin and by fellow artists such as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood he led a renaissance in the arts. These included painting, architecture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, printing, wallpaper and, of course, tapestries.
William Morris called tapestry weaving “the noblest of the weaving arts”. His enthusiasm extended to learning to weave tapestries from a fourteenth century French manual. From this he designed a loom in 1879 which he had placed in his bedroom at Kelmscott Manor. He would even spend hours with his arms in vats experimenting with natural dyes. Later Morris & Co established a tapestry workshop at Merton Abbey under John Henry Dearle.
We leave you to ponder this wonderful quotation from this great man: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. His tapestries surely meet this challenge.
All our William Morris tapestries are lined, with a rod pocket for easy hanging - as are all our Arts and Crafts tapestry art designs.
For further related wall tapestries you may wish to view our Other Arts & Crafts collection.