'Carnation' for Morris & Co
The Wardle pattern books reveal that this is one of three colourings for this pattern developed by William Morris and Thomas Wardle when first issued in 1875. The blue and buffs colouring sold somewhat better than the others during the first decade 'Carnation' was on offer, but as a whole the pattern accounted for barely four per cent of sales. This sample length was bought for the art school as a model for students, probably in the 1890s. Until the mid-1960s, textile students were required to paint an accurate copy of at least one Morris pattern as part of their examination work.