'Carnation' printed cotton

Kate Faulknerdesign registered 5 October 1875

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

The delicately meandering carnations in this printed textile are characteristic of the lightness and movement in patterns by Kate Faulkner (1841-98), one of the most skilled designers to work for Morris & Co. Introduced to Morris through her brother Charles, who was one of the founding partners of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., Faulkner initially executed painted decoration on tiles and furniture before creating her own designs for ceramics, wallpaper and textiles.

The simple two tone colour scheme of this pattern is typical of many of Faulkner’s designs, and adds to the airy feel of this piece, with the large blue carnations in the foreground subtly bound to the small flowers in the background by means of swirling vines. As well as creating designs for Morris & Co., Faulkner also designed several wallpapers directly for Jeffrey & Co.


  • Title: 'Carnation' printed cotton
  • Creator: Kate Faulkner, Morris & Co.
  • Date Created: design registered 5 October 1875
  • Type: printed cotton
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 216 x 91.5 cm
  • Object Number: F391
  • Medium: block-printed on cotton
  • Credit line: WMG purchase, 1998

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