At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

Textile sample, 1900-10

Textile sample, 1900-10

This stylised, flattened pattern is typical of Arts and Crafts design. Here the tulips are reduced to a simple yet decorative pattern that makes no attempt to show them as modelled (3D) flowers. William Morris believed that patterns should reflect the two dimensional nature of fabric or carpeting, so carpets, for example should never appear as if they were actually fields of flowers. The designer is not known but this is similar to patterns produced by Liberty and the Silver Studio.

Emery Walker AD 1