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Hand-knotted 'Hammersmith' rug with fringe (c.1880s)

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

This small 'Hammersmith rug' was designed by William Morris. The border of peonies and pastel colouring shows the influence of Chinese design. A similar example was given by Morris to Maragret Mackail (nee Burne-Jones) on the occassion of her wedding in 1888,this is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (T.104-1953).
Catalogue card shows the design was later woven at Wilton (their no. 6213).

Another small rug to the same design was lent by Mrs. Lucius Gubbins to the Victoria & Albert Museum William Morris centenary exhibition in 1934 (94). It is reproduced in Gerald H. Crow's "William Morris - Designer" published by 'The Studio' 1934 p. 81.