William Morris/John Henry Dearle: The Bullerswood Carpet (detail)
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Morris was a lifelong admirer and collector of fine historical carpets from the East. His deep appreciation and extensive knowledge of Persian, Turkish and Chinese methods of carpet-making led him to experiment with hand-knotting in an attempt to revive the art in Britain. In 1879 Morris set up looms in the coach house at Kelmscott House, and eventually larger looms were established at Merton Abbey in 1881 and the work transferred there.
The Bullerswood carpet was made in about 1889 for the Sanderson family at Bullerswood House in Kent. It is probably Morris & Co most famous carpet and displays elements characteristic of the work of Henry Dearle. The carpet has woolen pile on a cotton warp, is coloured with vegetable dyes, and is extremely large at 25 by 12 feet. Although the carpet is so large and would have been expensive to make, at least three versions were woven. It was the last carpet that Morris had any part in designing.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-789: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)