Mary Isobel wallpaper by Morris & Co.
Mary Isobel wallpaper by Morris & Co.

Morris & Co. Celebrates 160 Years of Romantic Fabric and Wallpaper

Hey modern romantics, fancy a bit of nostalgia? You’re in luck. It’s the 160th anniversary of Morris & Co., the English textile house founded by the Arts & Crafts movement’s leading light, William Morris. To celebrate, head of design Rebecca Craig selected archival offerings from the company’s cache of 42 fabrics and 67 wallpapers.

  • Mary Isobel wallpaper by Morris & Co.
    Mary Isobel in linen.
  • Strawberry Thief wallpaper.
    Strawberry Thief wallpaper.
  • Strawberry Thief.
    Strawberry Thief in cotton.

Take Strawberry Thief from 1883, available as a cotton fabric or a gravure-printed wallpaper, its protagonist a cheeky bird pecking away at ripe fruit. There’s also Mary Isobel, a print of tulips and acanthus leaves on linen adapted from J.H. Dearle’s embroidery design. Most enticing, the label introduces a brand-new digitally printed wallpaper, Owl & Willow. Influenced by Morris’s woodland panels that accompany his 1890 Holy Grail tapestries of the legend of King Arthur, stylized flora and fauna fills the ground.

Owl & Willow wallpaper.
Owl & Willow wallpaper.