Skip to Content

The museum is closed today. View our hours.

Utrecht Velvet

A work made of cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; stamped.

Image actions

  • A work made of cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; stamped.

Date:

Design c. 1871

Artist:

Attributed to William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940

About this artwork

This stamped furnishing fabric imitates, in design and technique, 18th-century velvets made in the Netherlands and known colloquially as “Utrecht velvet.” The city of Utrecht was a center of stamped velvet production. Manufacturers there impressed patterns into cut solid velvet with a heated copper roller. The compressed pile created the illusion of velvet woven with varying piles, which would have been more time consuming to produce. This reproduction catered to consumer desire for high-end, historically inspired furnishings.
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer)

Title

Utrecht Velvet

Places

London (Object made in), England (Artist's nationality), Great Britain (Object made in)

Date

Designed 1871

Medium

Cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; stamped

Dimensions

233 × 87.4 cm (91 3/4 × 34 3/8 in.) Repeat: 58 × 28.6 cm (23 × 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Louise Lutz Endowment

Reference Number

1991.166

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share