Plain weave cotton, printed
Overall: 86 x 99.4 cm (33 7/8 x 39 1/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Chisholm 1937.700
Peony was probably designed for Morris & Co. by Kate Faulkner, the sister of William Morris’s early business partner Charles Faulkner. The small, almost square repeat of this pattern is more characteristic of Kate than of Morris, who favored larger patterns. She also designed embroidery, wallpaper, painted tiles and pottery, and plaster decoration for the firm. Morris had a progressive attitude toward women as co-laborers, and promoted the work of designers such as Kate, whose patterns challenged the monotony of much of the needlework and domestic crafts that then occupied middle-class women.
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