The Pimpernel pattern was designed for a wall covering in 1876 by the English artist William Morris (1834 – 1896). The plant which gives it the name covers the background with thick foliage and five-petal flower heads. Tulip stems are woven in between and the large yellow and white flowers incline to the left and right.
The pattern is built-up asymmetrically as is the case in mediaeval textiles on which William Morris liked to base his designs but it is reminiscent of Art Nouveau. The point pattern maker, Günter Göbels, did the necessary background work to enable this pattern to be woven on modern Jacquard looms. The Hauser Group, Krefeld, donated ties with this pattern to mark the centenary of the Hubert Gotzes weaving factory for ecclesiastical textiles.