Walls of fame: William Morris

Morris & Co wallpapers: considered quite radical in Victorian times
"William Morris prints were very big in the 1970s. Households up and down the country were gripped by the trend for co-ordinating wallpapers and fabrics. It wasn't enough to have a swirling floral print on the walls, to get the complete look you needed to cover your curtains, chairs and bedspreads in it, too. At its peak the Morris & Co fabric "Golden Lily" was selling 5,000 metres a month in tasteful shades of brown and orange..." 
I wrote a piece for today's The Independent about the legacy of William Morris's revolutionary company Morris & Co as it celebrates 150 years in business. Read the full article here