Oriental Rugs Dictionary

William Moris

Poet, politician and designer, William Morris (1834-1896) played a cardinal role in the creative life and the decorative arts of Great Britain. He purified the cultured opulence of the Victorian era and cleared the way for modern developments, beginning with Arts and Crafts movement. His own distinctive style can be recognized by its dense yet simplified compositions, flat patterns, spring fresh palette, and gracefully stylized imagery based on English field and garden flowers. He executed hand knotted carpets whose Persian influence is quite obvious, including a central medallion, large arabesque and fleuron.