Morris & Co. Archive II Prints & Wallpapers
Born in 1834 to an affluent middle class family in North East London, William Morris began studies of theology at Exeter College, Oxford in 1853, but quickly developed a passion for literature, architecture and art and design. After university, he went into fine art and before the age of 23 he was earning the equivalent of €84,000 per annum.
William married model Jane Burden in 1859 and they build a home together ("Red House" in Bexleyheath), decorating it in elaborate medieval style, complete with stained glass windows, tapestries and murals. After two years of building and decorating Red House, Morris took the next step in his career- he founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (a.k.a. "The Firm")- a company set up by "Fine Art Workmen".
Morris' original "Forest Tapestry" 1887
Pictured below: The more contemporary "Daisy"- the background of the small scattered tufts of grass have been removed, simplifying the design for today's market.