3 November 1999
A hand-knotted Hammersmith carpet
Designed by William Morris, circa 1880
Madder red central field, indigo border with floral designs and pairs of singing birds, traces of original fringing
7ft. 11in. by 3ft. 5in. (241.5cm. by 104.2cm.)
Woven hammer mark
Thence by descent to the present owner.
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The original design for a carpet with an identical border is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ref. No. E.301-1939 and was acquired in 1939 as a bequest from May Morris, William Morris' daughter.
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