Flamboyant florals

William Morris is regarded as the original interior design guru, whose decorative arts, textiles and wallpapers are as popular today as they were when they adorned the drawing rooms and parlours of 19th century Britain.

15th January, 2015

But William Morris the designer represents only a fraction of the man, who was as driven as he was enigmatic. He was a weaver of tapestries, a translator of Scandinavian sagas, editor of a left-wing newspaper, writer of verse, a radical socialist, and owner and manager of the very successful design firm Morris & Co.

Curator Fiona MacCarthy, the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Morris, had a big task as curator of the...

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