Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts tapestries
The Arts and Crafts Movement of the second half of the 19th century produced fresh design ideas often based on medieval themes. It was a reaction against fussy Victorianism and emphasised natural beauty using traditional craftsmanship. It revolutionized painting, furniture, wallpaper, architecture, fabric, printing, carpets, ceramics, stained glass, jewelry and, of course, tapestries.
We are delighted to offer this wide selection of Arts and Crafts tapestries, including William Morris tapestry wall hangings and Edward Burne-Jones wall art - just click on the Arts and Crafts tapestries photos below to view the categories.
William Morris tapestry wall hangings
Just as a group of artists were later to cross-fertilise their ideas in Impressionism so a variety of artisans shared in developing the new ideas of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Prominent among them was William Morris (1834-96), partly because of his energy and partly because he led the way personally in many of these applied arts. For example, he had seen French tapestry weaving at Les Gobelins and was appalled at how they had, in my words, “lost their way”. So he read a 14th century French manual on tapestry weaving, built a loom and had it installed in his bedroom. We have this to thank for such beautiful William Morris tapestry wall hangings as The Woodpecker tapestry.
The influence of Pre-Raphaelites paintings, from 1848 onwards, can also be seen in some Arts and Crafts tapestries including those designed by Edward Burne-Jones, a long-time friend of William Morris. Some of these William Morris tapestry wallhangings were woven by Morris & Co into the early 20th century.
All our Arts and Crafts tapestries are now woven by long-established European weavers and are lined, having a rod pocket for easy hanging. We supply all orders with instructions for the hanging and care of your tapestry wallhanging.
You may like to enjoy our Flickr photostream of over 30 Arts and Crafts tapestries in customers' homes. We are grateful to those who sent these lovely images.