“Acanthus and Vine” was Morris’ first tapestry. He built his tapestry loom in his bedroom at Kelmscott House and began to weave it on May 1, 1879. Nicknamed “Cabbage and Vine” because of the unruliness of the leaves, it took 516 hours to weave, completing it on September 17, 1879. Morris’ notebook detailing the hours worked on the tapestry is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, along with a design for the panel.
Floral and Tree (Tree of Life II)
Woven in the Oriental style at Aubusson for the Industrial Exhibition of 1844. Aubusson, Creuse, is well-known for the manufacture of tapestries which have been famous throughout the world since the 14th century. Its origins were born with the arrival of weavers from Flanders, who took refuge in Aubusson around 1580. Great museum! nice medieval town & all about tapestry!
Flemish Tapestry - Mansour