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An important William Morris Hammersmith carpet

15ft. 1ins. x 7ft. 10ins.


The present carpet would have been woven between 1880-1890 and is considered 

an early work designed by William Morrris ( 1834-86 ) himself, as opposed to the more commercial weavings from 1890 supplied by the Morris & Company firm and under the designs leadership of John Henry Dearle (1860-1932 ).

The field design has similarities to the Little Flowers, as does the slightly narrow and

long format with similar exceptionally wide borders, though here on a rare white ground colour.One can see the influence from the oriental carpets that he collected and studied, it was on the advice of Morris that the Victoria & Albert Museum purchased the famous Ardabil carpet.

Morris insisted that his carpet should have.....gothic crispness and clearness of detail, which the present carpet duly has.