Wardle & Co, Leek, Staffordshire. Set up by Thomas Wardle in 1881, the firm dyed silk threads for embroidery and yarns for woven textiles and velvets. During the late 1870s Wardle was printing fourteen designs for Morris & Co., but by 1881 Morris, dissatisfied with the quality produced moved all his printing to his own works at Merton Abbey. Wardle also imported Indian silks for dyeing or overprinting and bought designs directly from Lewis F Day, Crane, Voysey and Solon. They supplied many leading retailers including Liberty & Co., Debenham & Freebody, Story's and Heal's. — Arts & Crafts Textiles in Britain.
Examples of Wardle & Co.'s Textile Designs
- Lioness (by Thomas Wardle)
- Ajunta(by Thomas Wardle)
- Allegorical Figures (by Léon Victor Solon)
- Sultan (by Owen Jones)
Arts & Crafts Textiles in Britain. Exhibition Catalogue. The Fine Art Society in Association with Francesca Galloway, nd.
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