William Morris Wallpapers
Another Morris design that was used at Stanmore Hall was St. James’s Damask, a silk weave, which had also been used at St. James’ Palace in London.
St. James’s Damask was a silk wallcovering used at St. James’s Palace. It has now been made into a wallpaper in the original silk colouring (above) as well as two other paler colourways.
The interiors that were designed by Morris’ firm were simpler than most interiors of the period. Where most Victorian houses were full of swagged fabrics, and gilt and ruffles, Morris’s interiors were simpler. The curtains were plainly sewn, although the fabrics were patterned with Morris’ distinctive designs. In fact, if you stand in one of Morris’ interiors, you can often count as many as seven different Morris wallpaper and fabric designs in one room. Yet, there is a similarity of style that binds them all together, and unifies the design of the room. The result is a restful, cozy room, that still looks fresh to today’s eyes.