William Morris (1834-1896) is regarded by some as the greatest designer and one of the most outstanding figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was also a poet, artist, philosopher and political theorist.
What was the “Arts and Crafts Movement”?
It started in 1880 in England and continued until 1920. It was a new international trend (i.e “movement”) to use fine art designs & handcrafted techniques to develop beautiful interior fabrics .
In 1861, with a group of friends, he started the decorating business Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. providing beautiful, handcrafted products and furnishings for the home. Morris was motivated by the desire to provide affordable 'Art For All' and driven by his boundless enthusiasm, they produced many designs.
Best known for wallpaper and fabric designs, over the next 150 years, the company became known simply as Morris & Co.