William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain. He had close friendships with Pre-Raphaelite artist.
I especially love his wallpapers, I could only spend a whole blog on those gorgeouse textiles alone!
Flora, Merton Abbey tapestry
A Book of Verse by William Morris
Detail from The Forest, William Morris and Co.
De Morgan Tile, by William Morris and William De Morgan.
beautifully drawn by William Morris
'Trellis' woodblock printed wallpaper, by William Morris, England, 1864.