Over the centuries, English decorative design has been notably influenced by nature, literature, theater, world cultures, and the tenets of various art and social movements. In particular, reaction against the Industrial Age (mid-to-late 1700s) brought forth a renewed appreciation for handcraftsmanship and design excellence, manifested in the Arts & Crafts movement.
With their exquisite textiles, wallpaper, carpet, tile, and architectural ornament, designers such as Christopher Dresser, C. F. A. Voysey, William de Morgan, and Owen Jones left their mark within and beyond England’s borders. Their work deeply affected the experience of beauty and quality in home interiors around the world.
- Kate Faulkner (British, 1841–1898). Bramble wallpaper design, 19th century
- William Kilburn (Irish, 1745–1818). Textile design, c. 1788–1792
- John Henry Dearle (English, 1860–1932). Single stem wallpaper design, 1905
- Thomas Crane (English, 1843–1903). Design for a cushion, from Art Embroidery: A Treatise on the Revived Practice of Decorative Needlework (London, 1878)
- George Charles Haité (English, 1855–1924). Textile design for paisley shawls, c. 1871
- Designer unknown. Carpet design, c. 1930s
- William de Morgan (English, 1839–1917)
- Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915). Design for panel of Swan, Rush & Iris, 1875
- Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (English, 1857–1941). The Garden of Eden textile design
- Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (English, 1812–1852). Rose motif, from Floriated Ornament (London, 1849)
- Christopher Dresser (English, b. Scotland, 1834–1904). Design for frieze, from Studies in Design (London, 1876)
- Designer unknown. Carpet design with art deco variations, c. 1930
- Owen Jones (English, 1809–1874). Floral design, 1863
- Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (English, 1857–1941). Birds in Flight design (detail), n.d.
- Harry Wearne (American, b. England, 1852–1929). Amberley Manor design, published 1933
- Designer unknown (English school). The Cathay Decoration, 1927
- William de Morgan (English, 1839–1917). Earthenware tile
- Lindsay P. Butterfield (English, 1869–1948). Floral design on black ground, c. 1910
- Douglas B. Cockerell (English, 1870–1945). Textile design, 1928
- Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915). Cockatoo and Pomegranate wallpaper design, before 1899
- Christopher Dresser (English, b. Scotland, 1834–1904). Design for frieze or dado-rail ornament, from Studies in Design (London, 1876)
- Designer unknown. Carpet design of stylized anemones (detail), c. 1920