William Morris Wallpapers

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Seeing original Installations of William Morris wallpapers:

Two other houses owned by the National Trust in England are available today to visit that have extensive William Morris interiors. Regrettably, The National Trust does not allow photography in its properties now, after some security issues, so we can only show exterior views.

“Standen” in Sussex has many original Morris wallpapers and fabrics throughout the house. The Garden front.

Standen in Sussex has many original Morris wallpapers and fabrics throughout the house. The Garden front.

“Standen” was built 1894. East Grinstead, Sussex, England. Owned by The National Trust.

The entrance courtyard at Standen, in East Grinstead, Sussex.

Daffodil fabric. Used in the Morning Room at “Standen”. Available from www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com

Daffodil fabric. Used in the Morning Room at Standen.

Standen in East Grinstead, Sussex, was also designed by Philip Webb. It was built in 1894 in the English Queen Anne style of domestic architecture, which included the exterior use of brick, tile-hanging and wood. It is a delightful place to visit, set on a light-filled hillside, with wonderful gardens, a fern grotto and a conservatory. There is also a tea room and gift shop for visitors to the house.

Trellis wallpaper can be seen in a hallway at Standen. The Dining Room, with its green-painted wainscot and blue and white china on oak shelves, is a distinctive Webb design. Other rooms have Morris wallpapers, fabrics and wallpapers as well, and it is good to see them in the setting that they were originally chosen for. Designs to be seen at Standen include: Trellis wallpaper; Daffodil fabric; Larkspur wallpaper; Tulip chintz and Willow Bough wallpaper, among others.

‘Larkspur’ wallpaper, designed by Morris in 1872. Now available in four colourways from www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com

Larkspur wallpaper, designed by Morris in 1872.

 

Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton, England. The entrance front. Built in 1887 and 1893. Now owned by The National Trust. One of the best Morris interiors available to visit, with many Morris wallpapers, tapestries and stenciled ceilings.  There are also Pre-Raphaelite paintings and Victorian gardens and woodland to see.

Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton, England, was built in 1887 and 1893.
Now owned by The National Trust, it is one of the best Morris interiors
available to visit, featuring many Morris wallpapers, tapestries and stenciled ceilings.

There are also Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Victorian gardens, and woodland to see.

The garden front of Wightwick Manor. It was designed purposely in a medieval-revival style of architecture, incorporating extensive Tudor-revival elements.

The garden front of Wightwick Manor, showing the Tudor-revival design.

Pimpernel – Handprint. Designed in 1876. Used in the billiard room at Wightwick Manor. Available  in two colourways from www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com.

Pimpernel wallpaper was used in the Billiard Room at Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor (pronounced “Wittick”) is now owned by The National Trust. Set in a garden of clipped topiary bushes near Wolverhampton England, Wightwick Manor gives a darker, richer version of Morris interiors. Filled with nooks and passageways, panelling, beamed ceilings and stained glass windows, Wightwick is a handsome medieval-revival house.

Morris designs to be seen at Wightwick Manor include: Pimpernel Handprint wallpaper in the Billiard Room; Cray cotton; Honeysuckle in linen used as a wallcovering; and Wild Tulip wallpaper in a beautiful raspberry-red colourway in the Dining Room.

Wild Tulip Wallpaper. This colourway matches the wallpaper in the Dining Room at Wightwick. Designed in 1884 by William Morris, the design was based on an Italian cut velvet acquired by the Victoria & Albert museum in 1883.

Designed by William Morris in 1884, ‘Wild Tulip’ wallpaper in a delightful raspberry-red colourway was used at Wightwick Manor in the Dining Room.  This colourway – and five others – was reproduced by Charles Rupert Designs from 2004 to 2016.