Strawberry Thief, Golden Lily, Willow variations

William Morris, Tiles from Textiles

William Morris Tiles from Textiles

From top left: Golden Lily, Strawberry Thief brown on slate, Strawberry Thief greens and browns on cream, Strawberry Thief wine red background, Strawberry Thief dark blue and brown on cream, Willow on black, Strawberry Thief traditional colors - detail, Strawberry Thief blues on cream, Strawberry Thief blue and gold on red background, Golden Lily blues, Willow on white background, Strawberry Thief greens and light browns on green.

Strawberry Thief

Strawberry Thief was and is the most popular of all Morris patterns to this day, and for good reason. It makes a friendly kitchen or living area pattern without being kitsch or sentimental. The blue central pattern is closest to the original implementation of Morris's design, but his designs invites other colorways and lighter variations.

Strawberry Thief was designed by William Morris after watching thrushes stealing strawberries from the garden at Kelmscott. I have nine variations offered, but the foregrounds and backgrounds are interchangeable. Background colors can be changed relatively easily. Custom colors are available. See How to order tile.

William Morris Strawberry Thief Tile, colorways

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch 6, or 8 inch tiles

Other Colors: Backgrounds colors can be changed easily.

This pattern is available as an art print. It's not a good choice for color accuracy of tiles, however.

Available foregrounds and backgrounds

Strawberry thief tile, Sandman colorway Strawberry thief tile, Abigail colorway Strawberry thief tile, Carter colorway Strawberry thief tile, Daphne colorway Strawberry thief tile, Frito colorway Strawberry thief tile, Goose colorway Strawberry thief tile, Jazzman colorway Strawberry thief tile, Jozuf colorway Strawberry thief tile, Motley colorway Strawberry thief tile, Neo colorway Strawberry thief tile, Not-my-cat colorway Strawberry thief tile, Poppy colorway Strawberry thief tile, Puff colorway Strawberry thief tile, Rags colorway Strawberry thief tile, Razzle colorway Strawberry thief tile, Tigger colorway Strawberry thief tile, Toes colorway Strawberry thief tile, Trixie colorway Strawberry thief tile, Trouble colorway Strawberry thief tile, Walus colorway Strawberry thief tile, Ozzy colorway Strawberry thief tile, Y-D colorway Strawberry thief tile, Zephyr colorway Strawberry thief tile, Shasta colorway Strawberry thief tile, Squint colorway Strawberry thief tile, Rover colorway Strawberry thief tile, Light colorway

I've named the foreground variations after memorable cats I have known. From Top left: Sandman on cream, Abigail on white, Carter on cream, Daphne on white, Frito on white, Goose on Forest, Jazzmin on white, Jozuf on white, Motley on sky, Neo on cream, Not-my-cat on indigo, Poppy pm cream, Puff on indigo, Rags on wine, Razzle on cream, Tigger on slate, Toes on white, Trixie on white, Trouble on forest, Wallus on white, Ozzy on slate, Y-D white, Zephyr cream, Shasta on white, Squint on white, Rover on slate, Light on sky

Backgrounds: Cream, Forest, Indigio, Sky, Slate, Wine

Golden Lily

The Golden Lily tiles are based on detail from fabric on display at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. This pattern is taken directly from that fabric. The lower right tile is closest to the colors of that fabric.

This tile is seamless on all four sides. Six-inch tiles are also available, not seamless.

William Morris Tile Golden Lily variations.

William Morris Golden Lily pattern on tile (Huntington Museum base pattern).

I've named the variations after memorable dogs I have known. From Top left: Happy, Howl, Dakota (Huntington original), Madness, Sam, Smedley

Colors: Six variations available. Colors can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 8 x 6 inches inch tiles (also 6 inch, not seamless).


Willow comes from a design for wallpaper, but was also implented in fabric. There are several variations available. The original colors were green on a bisque cream.

Willow is available in green, blue, and blue and green, on white, black, or parchment background.

William Morris Willow tile, variations
William Morris Willow pattern

Designer: William Morris

Colors: Background can be modified easily.

Sizes: 6 inch ceramic tiles.


I can't compete with Home Depot or mass produced tiles on samples. Every order, including samples, are made by hand for you so it may take a few days before I ship your samples. I don't stock tile samples because I change my mind about things in the middle of the night, and then I have out-of-date samples. Consequently, the cost of sending samples is high. Morris pattern collectors also drive the cost up. But there's hope! When you order tile, the cost of one sample is deducted from the shipping on your final order. Do see How to Order Tile for information on discounts (There are some!) and information on changing pattern colors and backgrounds.

When you follow the link below, you'll be able to choose a sample from the dropdown list, then choose a size. If you select a size that I can't do in for the pattern you choose, I will send you the next closest size or a partial pattern on the size you choose, if changing the dimensions will markedly change the pattern.

Order a sample tile


4.25 inch square tiles: $44 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $42, 25 and over $39

6 inch square tiles: $55 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $51, 25 and over $44

6 inch by 8 inch tiles: $80 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $70, 25 and over $60

8 inch square tiles: $92 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $82, 25 and over $72

Availability*: Tiles without custom work (see How to Order Tile for what that means) can ship fairly quickly in the 4.25 and 6 inch versions. For other sizes, there may be a little longer wait on larger orders as I don't stock as many of these blanks.

Minimum Order: For 4.25 and 6 inch: 8 tiles, any combination. For 6 x 8 inch: 15 tiles.

Samples of Multiple Patterns

For ordering tiles in multiple patterns, the shopping cart can be tedious. Life is short. If you want to order multiple tile patterns on the sample order, follow the sample link and then these steps.

  1. Choose the size of samples you want.
  2. Change the number of sample tiles to the total number you want.
  3. Click update and verify that the totals update.
  4. Select the first sample tile from the drop down.
  5. Add the other sample tiles to the Notes text box.

This should save you having to go back and forth to the cart. Even shorter, you can contact me and I can send you a Paypal invoice.

Gift Options

When you order samples, you can add a custom tile frame or locking hardwood box.

Frames are available in rustic Barnwood, Quarter Sawn Oak, Maple, Mahogany, and Mahogany with gold leaf.

Tiles from Textiles Specifications

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each tile

Size: 4.25 inch tiles (10.8 cm)

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 5.25 ounces (157 grams) each tile

How to Order Tiles

Ordering is easy.

  1. Buy a sample tile. Recommended but not required.
  2. Place your order.

You can also request an invoice.

Sample Tiles

The cost of your sample tile will be subtracted from the shipping costs of your completed order.

How to Care for Your Tile

You can clean ceramic tiles with any household non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge.

Installing Your Tile

Laying out your tile beforehand will make installation easier. In the case of murals and panels, the location is marked on the back of each tile.

Use only unsanded grout when setting your tile.