Woodpecker with Verse was designed in 1885 by William Morris and based on his poem about Picus, the Italian King who was transformed into a woodpecker in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book XIV. This classical work was the one of the most read books in the Middle Ages. This jacquard woven French impressionist wall tapestry décor is also known as The Woodpecker, with parchment. William Morris, the famous English artist, poet, and socialist, has designed many fabrics and tapestries of world renown many of which now reside in the world's most prestigious museums. A lovely way to bring out the beauty of your surroundings.