The Orchard tapestry
The Orchard tapestry is from The Seasons wall tapestry woven in 1890, being the summer portion. It was designed by William Morris and John Henry Dearle of Morris & Co and is exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The full tapestry has four figures, one per season, with verse added by William Morris. In Verses for Pictures from Poems by the Way Morris wrote:
Midst bitten mead and acre shorn,
The world without is waste and worn,
But here within our orchard-close,
The guerdon of its labour shows.
O valiant Earth, O happy year
That mocks the threat of winter near,
And hangs aloft from tree to tree
The banners of the Spring to be.
The Orchard tapestry is woven now by a long-established French weaver and it is lined with a rod pocket for easy hanging. You can view this tapestry in the gallery of room settings. It is available in one size: 47″x29″ US$265.
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