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Meet William Morris: The Most Celebrated Designer of the Arts & Crafts Movement

The Future of Morris & Co.

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris

Printing at Merton Abbey c. 1890. (Photo: By Anonymous for Morris & Co. via Wikimedia Commons {{PD-US}})

The Morris & Co. design archives were later purchased by home furnishings manufacturer, Arthur Sanderson & Sons. Both company’s archives sit under the Style Library umbrella, part of the British furnishings company, Walker Greenbank.

Today, Morris & Co.’s traditional block-printed wallpaper is still available on request and costs upwards of $327 a roll. In contrast, the now machine-produced archive collections come in at a much lower price of around $50. Although affordable, it seems Morris’s life-long dream of handcrafted design for all is sadly yet to be fully achieved.

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris

“Fruit (or Pomegranate)” wallpaper designed by William Morris. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris

“Pink and Rose” 1890 via Wikimedia Commons

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris

“Tulip and Willow” 1873 via Wikimedia Commons

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris

“Tulip and Willow” printed on linen. Via Wikimedia Commons

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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