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    The ‘Acanthus and Vine’ Tapestry, William Morris (1834–1896), c 1879, woven wool, with some silk, on a cotton warp Society of Antiquaries of London, Kelmscott Manor 032This tapestry was William Morris’s first attempt at weaving. The design and craftsmanship take inspiration from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French and Flemish verdure tapestries. According to his diaryMorris took 516 hours and 30 minutes to complete the work usinga traditional vertical loom.

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The Unicorn in Captivity South Netherlandish, ca. 1495–1505, wool, silk, and silver and gilded-silver wrapped thread. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York