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My theme for the textile design is MOROCCO.

The different groups will be named after major Moroccan cities, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes.




Charles Francis Annesley Voysey was known to be an architect,  but he was also a furniture and textile designer. He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1857 and educated at home. Later on, he worked with other architects J.P. Seddon and George Devey, but once the work decreased, he was encouraged by fellow architect A.H. Mackmurdo to supplement his income by designing wallpapers and fabrics in which he became very successful.

As an architect, he became very sought after for his designs which rejected the stylistic revival of the time. Instead,  he based his designs and use of materials close to the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement while maintaining his own distinctive style.

Distinct stages can be seen in Voysey’s wallpaper and textile designs. In his early works, through the late 1880s, he has historically influenced traditional repeats. By the mid 1890’s he was creating his most characteristic and original designs, flowing patterns in pastel colors with flattened silhouettes of birds, floral patterns, and hearts. His designs were used for both wallpaper and textiles, which were often woven as wool double cloth for furnishing.

Some examples of patterns of this time were The Saladin wallpaper, 1897

The Owl, 1898 jacquard woven wool textile

From 1910 and on, Voysey’s patterns become more narrative with isolated motifs, meant for the nursery.

An example of his work during this time is the Alice in Wonderland furnishing textile, 1920 

Although his architecture business flourished for twenty years, the commissions and work began to dry up after WWI. Voysey continued to design furniture, wallpaper, and textiles. His last recorded wallpaper commission was in 1930.