The Woodpecker tapestry
The Woodpecker Tapestry shows a woodpecker in a branch of a fruit tree while chasing another bird. The original wallhanging tapestry was designed and woven solely by William Morris in 1885. We can see the fine design detailing that was so typical of Morris, reminiscent 0f medieval Mille Fleurs tapestries. The tapestry was inspired by the legend of Picus, an ancient Italian king turned into a woodpecker by the sorceress Circe because she was jealous of the king’s love for his wife. You can click to see the William Morris Woodpecker Tapestry in a room setting.
This is a reproduction of the original tapestry incorporating Morris’ own verse:
I once a King and chief • Now am the tree-bark’s thief • Ever ‘twixt trunk and leaf • Chasing the prey
The original Woodpecker tapestry is now on display at the William Morris Gallery in London. Today, The Woodpecker Tapestry is woven in France in 80% cotton and 20% viscose, and is lined with a rod pocket for easy wallhanging. The Woodpecker is also available without the verse.
The Woodpecker tapestry is available in two sizes.
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