Believing that patterns should stimulate the imagination William Morris didn't replicate a true chrysanthemum but created order by designing the flowers to grow evenly, equally sized, along a curving line. The chrysanthemum didn't arrive in Britain until the late 19th century however the flower was common in Japanese art which is thought to have inspired Morris rather than seeing the bloom in nature. This elegant tile plays with pastels showcasing sugary pinks and dusky blues on a dark contrasting base, a common theme in Morris' designs.
Crafted using traditional techniques used in late 1800s, each colour is added individually on to a sheet to build up the design creating a slightly textured surface. Each colour is matched by eye keeping the design true to its heritage and consistent throughout each batch. The design is then transferred on to the tile using a lithograph to maintain the depth of colour.
His infamous designs are featured on everything from bedding to wallpaper, and now tiles, as part of our exclusive Minton Hollins range.