William Morris was a British artist, designer and author. He was born into a wealthy family in 1835 in Walthamstow near London and studied at Oxford University. During his studies Morris became acquainted with architect Philip Webb, painter Ford Madox Brown, poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and painter Edward Burne-Jones, who would become his friends and business partners for many years.
Morris is mainly known as a designer and for his wallpaper and patterned fabrics. His fabrics are still sold today under license by fabric manufacturer Sanderson & Sons and the department store Liberty of London. Morris is one of the prominent figures in the British Arts and Crafts Movement, which was both an art movement and a social movement in the UK that was initially inspired by the writings of John Ruskin.