Jul 11, 2017
Nov 8, 2006
Jul 12, 2017



c 1920


William Morris

(British, 1834–1896)

Plain weave cotton, printed

Overall: 90.2 x 97.8 cm (35 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry Chisholm 1937.698



Morris said that he used the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum) more than anyone alive. As one of the most knowledgeable textile historians of his day, Morris filtered his love of nature through the lens of history. Later textiles with strong diagonal orientation, such as Kennet, show a debt to the centuries-old Italian cut velvet that he had studied. Named after a river in the south of England that flows into the Thames, Kennet is an example of one of his patterns that could be purchased in a variety of colors and fabrics, including cotton, velveteen, silk, and Madras muslin, creating limitless possibilities to appeal to consumers’ needs and tastes.

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