This luxury tapestry cushion boasts one of William Morris’ repeating designs for textiles, titled The Tree of Life.
Made in England by Hines of Oxford, this fine quality cushion is finely woven by skilled weavers on Jacquard looms and meticulously hand-finished with a luxurious British Velvet back.
The Tree of Life is one of William Morris' most famous designs from the Arts and Crafts era. Originally woven by Morris & Co, circa 1910, it is also known as 'The Garden'. From an embroidered wool portiere designed by John Henry Dearle (1860-1932), an associate of William Morris (1834-1896) who worked very closely with him for many years.
More about the brand
Hines of Oxford is a family owned and operated company specialising in fine tapestries, cushions and home accessories since 1979 with its roots dating back to 1830.
Hines is internationally recognised as a leading luxury brand in its field bringing the benefit of over 38 years’ experience to inspire and satisfy clients all over the world.
About William Morris in the British Museum
William Morris was one of the most influential figures of the British Victorian era, and in 1861 founded the interior design firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, & Co. with other leading artistic figures, such as Edward Burne- Jones. Calling themselves "fine art workmen", they deliberately broke down the modern barrier between fine and decorative art, and established an equivalent to the cooperative guilds of the Middle Ages. Morris & Co. designed murals, embroidery, stained glass, and tiles, often with nature motifs such as this floral pattern.
Currently in the Museum’s Britain, Europe and Prehistory department are several earthenware tiles designed by William Morris and painted at Morris & Co.
Click here to view the earthenware tiles in the Museum’s online collection.