Woodpecker tapestry


The Woodpecker tapestry is woven in one size: 47″x29″. See tapestry description below.

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Tapestry Description

Woodpecker tapestry

William Morris wall tapestries

Here is the Woodpecker tapestry by William Morris without the original verse. Thus its shape is less slim.

The woodpecker in the tree with another bird and the fruit represents the Italian king Picus in a fable by Ovid. Picus was turned into a woodpecker by the sorceress Circe because she was jealous of the king’s love for his wife. William Morris designed and originally wove this tapestry on a high warp loom installed in his bedroom in 1885.

The verse is featured in his Verses for Pictures from “Poems of the Way”:
I once a King and chief
Now am the tree-bark’s thief,
Ever ‘twixt trunk and leaf
Chasing the prey.

We offer this with or without the verse, woven in France in 80% cotton and 20% viscose. It is lined with a rod pocket for easy hanging – we provide tapestry hanging information with each order. There is also a version in sizes from a different French tapestry weaver.

The Woodpecker tapestry is one of the most popular of our William Morris wall tapestries (the other being The Tree of Life tapestry).

The Woodpecker Tapestry without the verse - William Morris