In focus: Morris & Co.'s bestsellers - Melsetter fabrics & wallpapers
A collection that draws on the rich heritage of the Morris & Co. brand, Melsetter celebrates the design talents not only of William Morris, but of his daughter, May. The youngest of the Morris daughters, May inherited her father’s creative spirit and enterprising nature – during her fifty year career, she was a designer, embroiderer, teacher and campaigner – giving today’s design team a rich seam of inspiration to draw on for this collection of fabric and wallpaper. Named after Melsetter House in Scotland, the collection showcases the considerable talents of May and her contemporaries, resulting in a compilation of beautifully feminine, usable designs that will make your interiors sing.
Underpinning the collection is, as with all Morris & Co. works, nature and wildlife. No matter the design or the medium, the Morris family’s fascination with flora and fauna is evident throughout the brand’s rich history, and Melsetter is a celebration of all that nature has to offer, from the fresh citrus fruits of Lemon Tree to the barn owls and pheasants of Newill.
No design illustrates this passion more clearly than Seasons by May. Inspired by a set of embroidered hangings created in 1895, it features parakeets, stylised roses and tulips and has been reimagined for modern tastes, both as a wallcovering and a versatile fabric.
The title design of this collection, Melsetter, is an exquisite celebration of fruit trees, flower heads and delicate birds. Available in three muted colourways, it has a subtle elegance that belies its intricacy, and is simply perfect for long, sweeping curtains or weighty bedspreads. Also at the gentler end of the scale in this collection are two stunning wallpapers: Mallow, a soft pastel hibiscus pattern that’s perfect for covering all four walls, and Double Bough, a painterly design with beaded details and a subtle shimmer.
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