William Morris's fascination with carpets from the Middle East
Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 7pm
Lecture by Anna Mason, Curator and Manager of the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London UK
Anna gave this fascinating talk at HALI Olympia, 2015. She explores Morris's interest in Middle Eastern carpets and how they influenced his own practice as a designer. William Morris was intrigued by historic carpets from the Middle East and started to collect as early as the 1860s, later becoming a respected authority. Acting as an adviser to the South Kensington Museum (later re-named the V&A) he encouraged the Museum's purchase of the famous Ardabil carpet.