Morris & Co. Merton Abbey: Hand Weaving Looms
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|Copyright 1||William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest|
|Notes / History||Showing hand weaving on Jacquard looms invented by Frenchman, Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1802.
This type of loom became widely used from the 1820s onwards.
A series of punched cards helped to lift the warp threads automatically, making the Jacquard loom faster and more accurate than the traditional hand-loom.
Many of Morris’s woven designs were influenced by 14th century Italian textiles, Middle and Far Eastern patterns, which he studied at the Victoria and Albert Museum.