The History and Legacy of Morris & Co.5th November 2020
One of the most enduring interiors brands is the Morris & Co. collections. Their long history and innovations continue to capture imaginations.
A key part of their legacy was due to William Morris, a highly influential figure of the Arts & Crafts Movement. He founded the company in 1861 with his associates under the name Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. This decorating company made beautifully handcrafted products and furnishings.
In 1875, Morris then took control of the company and Morris & Co. was born. They became best-known for their wallpaper and fabric designs. This was in no small part due to Morris' reputation as a pattern maker.
In 1940 they went into liquidation but their archive was bought by another British heritage brand, Arthur Sanderson & Sons. These designs have been re-printed, re-imagined, re-coloured, and often built on and around ever since.
Morris & Co. Today
Matching wallpaper and fabric has become a staple of the Morris & Co. collections. Complementing designs are also a mainstay that allow beautiful rooms to be built around their iconic patterns.
They are the ideal way to stay true to beautiful architecture in historical homes. The new colours have also offered the opportunity to introduce them into more modern spaces.
The Arts & Crafts look has also seen a resurgence in recent years making it a stylish addition to interiors. See the latest Morris & Co. collections and fall in love with these timeless styles.
Our Favourite Morris & Co. Fabric and Wallpaper Collections
This bold collection sees a collaboration with acclaimed interior designer, Ben Pentreath. Classic designs are seen in vibrant turquoise, tomato red, and olive green. There's also a chocolate and cream neutral alternative.
Seven stunning and sumptuously soft cotton velvet fabrics have been inspired by Morris' early influences from France. The rich colours of this collection lend themselves perfectly to luxurious upholstery.
May Morris, the daughter of William, gained a reputation for her embroidered fabrics. These designs have been faithfully re-imagined in homage to her personal influence.
Wonderfully intricate Morris designs have been recreated in neutral colours to suit homes of every era. These beautiful fabric and wallpaper patterns can be introduced into any interior.
Inspired by William Morris these wallpaper and fabric designs were inspired by carpets and materials of the East. They are complemented by equally exotic designs found in Standen House and Wightwick Manor.
This fabric and wallpaper collection was created from archival documents from between 1870 and the First World War. Beautiful rich patterns make timeless statement pieces, whether sofas or feature walls. Whereas, two-tone prints are perfect for repeating throughout a room.
These wallpapers and fabrics used innovative printing techniques to recreate timeless designs. They are the perfect way to update a country home whilst staying true to the original architecture and feel of a property.
Woven fabric, prints, and wallpaper designs have been inspired by William Morris' best known works. There are re-interpretations of originals that were hand-loomed, block-printed, and synonymous with the designer. There's also new designs inspired by these pieces.
This collection was created from documents in the William Morris archive. They were chosen to appeal to the Arts & Crafts revival. It's full of earthy tones and bold designs to match modern sensibilities.
Our Favourite Morris & Co. Fabric and Wallpaper Designs
This popular pattern was created by designer Alison Gee and inspired by medieval tapestries. The tranquil scene of deers grazing and beautiful assortment of trees creates an enchanting large print.
One of the most requsted patterns is this forest scene on a sumptuous velvet fabric. The deep tones create moody furniture and interiors in a brilliantly done, traditional British style.
Acanthus leaves have become synonymous with William Morris wallpaper. The sweeping, scrolling design is incredibly versatile for use anywhere in a home.
A classic William Morris design that's in demand year after year which has created even more choice. There's this quintessential blue cotton, velvets and wallpaper in a range of colours.