William Morris's flowing, naturalistic designs are named after the plants and flowers from which they derive. 'Sakeshead' also draws upon the colouring and patterning of Indian textiles. The pattern was manufactured for Morris & Co by Thomas Wardle in Leek. Another furnishing sample is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

  • Purchased from Morris & Co through the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1940
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Designer William Morris -
Manufacturer - Morris & Co


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Regd. Morris & Company/ Decorators, Ltd./ 17,George Street,/ Hanover square, London ,W1 (printed) / 1573/Snakeshead/Purple/36 inches/7/11 yard/3422 (inscribed)
Label - Handwritten -
Morris & Company
Manufacturer's name - Printed -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dye, Print, Stich: The work of Sir Thomas and Lady Wardle
- The Silk Industry Museum, Macclesfield 2009-07-11 - 2009-09-27


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings
1988 - p.174 repro

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