Bird, a hand-loom jacquard double woven woollen textile is used as a hanging in both the dining room and entrance hall of Emery Walker’s House. Designed by William Morris in 1878, the pattern was created by Morris originally for hangings for his drawing room at Kelmscott House, Morris’s home from 1878 to 1896. It later went into commercial production with Morris & Co. Philip Webb is known to have had Bird hangings in the cottage he retired to in Sussex, and the hangings at Hammersmith Terrace may be part of the set Webb owned, as he left all his belongings to Emery Walker in 1915. The pattern depicts pairs of birds against a floral background that includes sunflowers and daisies in shades of blue and dull red. It is believed that Morris’s inspiration for these patterns came from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian woven silks he saw in the South Kensington Museum. In the dining room at Emery Walker’s House both of the panels have curtain heading tape sewn at the top and are hung on metal picture rail hooks supported by a wooden batten secured to the wall. Morris’s original design drawing for Bird is owned by the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House.

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