This design was one of Morris's first. Woven in three-ply or triple cloth and used for upholstery and carpeting. Probably woven by the Heckmondwike Manufacturing Company.
triple woven wool and linen, designed by William Morris and registered as a fabric on 20 January 1876, the large full blown tulips in green, pale blue roses, and natural shades, 8 ft 8 in x 4 ft; 2.65 x 1.2 m wide.
Each curtain is made up of one complete width 34 in; 87 cm plus a cut width. Although in Parry's book she says a width was 36 in, I am sure that nothing has been cut off the seams, which are turned under.
Both curtains have some fading to their outer edges. They are what they are is one of my sayings and you either accept them for the fact they are Morris & Co and how wonderful it is to own some triple cloth, or if you want perfect condition you may wait a long time to acquire some! These could be unpicked and two panels hung, the rest used to make cushions or cover chair seats etc.The fabric is very thick and strong and hangs beautiuflly.
The left hand curtain has slight fading 4 ft; 1.2 m long to the edge of the wider panel. There is also a 4 ft; 1.2 m slight fading to the left hand side.
The right hand curtain has a 5'3 in; 1.6 m slight fading to the outer edge of the wider panel. A
6'3 "; 1.9 m panel of slight fading to the other side.
William Morris Textiles by Linda Parry p 210 , no 18 for similar.
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