This month’s exploration of places to see historic textiles takes us to the Cotswold home of probably the most influential designer – maker of them all, William Morris. Kelmscott Manor was Morris’s retreat from London with his family and his friends. The house is around 300 years old and a beautiful place in its own right. Morris, his family and friends added to the house’s existing ancient furniture and tapestries and created a delightful, art-filled home.
The textiles in the house range from old tapestries belonging to the house before Morris’ day to embroideries made by his wife and daughter as well as the famous printed textiles in classic William Morris designs.
The house is overall, a calm, relaxed, light and delightful home and makes for a very enjoyable visit. Morris devotees should also make time to visit the village including the church where Morris is buried, under a very pleasingly-simple gravestone.
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