'Artichoke' design

Morris & Co.c.1880-1910

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

This watercolour design, most likely for a rug, consists of a vertically symmetrical artichoke pattern. The artichoke was one of Morris's favourite motifs, used in a carpet designed in 1875-80 and a set of embroidered hangings designed in 1877. This design also features stylised tulips and daisies.

Morris designed both hand- and machine-made carpets and other floor coverings. In the 1920s and '30s, many years after his death, rug kits were sold through Morris & Co., enabling clients to create their own hooked rugs to pre-printed designs.


  • Title: 'Artichoke' design
  • Creator: Morris & Co.
  • Date Created: c.1880-1910
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Type: design
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 57.2 x 43.2 cm
  • Object Number: A216
  • Medium: pencil, sepia and watercolour on paper
  • Credit line: Bequeathed by May Morris to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1938. Transferred to the William Morris Gallery in 1954.

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