Morris and Company / Length of Printed Cotton / 19th-20th centuryMorris and Company
Length of Printed Cotton
19th-20th century

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Creator Name: Morris and Company
Creator Role: Manufactory
Creator Name-CRT: Morris and Company
Creator Name: Morris, William
Creator Qualifier: Designed by
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: British, 1834-1896
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by William Morris
Title: Length of Printed Cotton
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 19th-20th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Printed
Materials and Techniques: Cotton
Dimensions: W. 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm), L. 8 ft. 7 1/2 in. (262.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 23.163.7
Credit Line: Gift of Edward C. Moore Jr., 1923

As one of the forerunners of modern design, Morris took much of his inspiration from the arts and crafts of the past. His disgust with the inferiority of many Victorian industrially made textiles, which he found lacking in both quality and appropriateness of design, led him to study the aesthetics and techniques of earlier historic examples-from tapestries to embroideries. This knowledge enabled him to take inspiration from the past while still creating for contemporary needs. Thus, a two-dimensional design such as 'Kennet' could be-and was-successfully used for wallpaper, woven silks, and printed fabrics. The effect in each medium, however, was altered by choices in color combinations (bold or subtle), materials (shiny or matte), and textures (flat or pile). While the undulating flower stalks look back to Italian fifteenth- and sixteenth-century velvet designs, they also presage of Art Nouveau.

AMICA ID: MMA_.23.163.7
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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