William Morris & Co. Tiles from Textiles

Tile in the English Arts & Crafts Tradition

William Morris tiles from textiles

Many William Morris textile designs were also implemented in tile and stained glass. Here we take wallpaper, fabric, and tapestry patterns patterns and implement them as tile. Morris textiles can be divided into subgroups:

  • Early textiles designed by William Morris and implemented by Jane Morris and the other ladies in their circle of friends. The first daisy pattern was designed by Morris and hand embroidered by Jane Morris on a blue serge material that she had found in a London shop. (1862-1865). (see Red House daisy patterns).
  • Early Morris, Marshall and Faulkner offerings primarily designed by William Morris. A later version of the daisy pattern (1864) was produced during this period. (1865-1868)
  • Later Morris, Marshall and Faulkner offerings created at based on William Morris designs but created by Kate Faulkner and others. William Morris designed Jasmine in this time frame. Bramble, designed by Kate Faulkner, was also produced during this period. (1868-1875)
  • Early Morris & Co. designs by William Morris and others at Queen Square. Morris designed Acanthus at this time. (1875-1881)
  • Merton Abby textiles textiles designed first by William Morris and later by John Henry Dearle, May Morris, and others. Morris designed Brother Rabbit during this period.
  • Morris and Co. textiles textiles designed after Morris's attention had shifted to Kelmscott Press and Socialist issues, as well as after his death in 1896. During these years, the Firm was under the direction of John Henry Dearle for wallpaper and textiles and May Morris for embroidery. The new designs still showed a strong Morris influence. Dearle designed Anemone during this period.

Available Textile Patterns

Brother Rabbit - Bird pattern in blue 4.25 inch Brother Rabbit - Bird pattern in brick 4.25 inch Brother Rabbit Persian design Anemone Compton, gold colorway Artichoke Yellow Peony Strawberry Thief Jasmine Willow Golden Lily Bird and Trellis Bird and Trellis Daisy Daffodil Tulip Vine Lodden Jane Morris Red House Daisy Tile based on the background from the medieval unicorn tapestries

Brother Rabbit facing birds on blue / brick***, Brother Rabbit hares - Forest Green colorway, Persian Floral*, Anemone, Compton, Artichoke*, Yellow Peony, Strawberry Thief, Jasmine, Willow*, Golden Lily, Bird and Trellis - gold / rose, Daisy**, Daffodil*, Medway**, Lodden, Red House Daisy*

* Seamless repeat

** Can be made seamless in 6x8 in.

*** Available on 4.25 inch tile only

Custom Tile frame by David Eklund (dave @ customtileframes.com )

Pricing

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $40, 25 and over $37

6 inch square tiles: $48 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $45, 25 and over $41

6 inch by 8 inch tiles: $55 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $51, 25 and over $44

8 inch square tiles: $61 each up to 12 tiles, 12 and over $58, 25 and over $51

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

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 the actual colors can vary from run to run so in order to give you the closest approximation of what the tile will look like, I create each sample for you. Consequently, the cost of sending creating and samples is high. Morris pattern collectors also drive the cost up. But there's hope! When you order tile, the cost of your 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

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

Tiles from Textiles - Available Patterns and Colorways

Golden Lily

William Morris Golden Lily pattern on tile (Huntington Museum base pattern), darkest variation

William Morris Golden Lily pattern on tile (Huntington Museum base pattern), light variation William Morris Golden Lily pattern on tile (Huntington Museum base pattern), medium variation

Colors: Light, medium and dark variations. Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 6 inch or 8 inch tiles

The Golden Lily tiles are based on detail from fabric on display at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Brother Rabbit

William Morris Brother Rabbit Tile on Forest Green William Morris Brother Rabbit Tile - violet blue background William Morris Brother Rabbit colorway variations

Designer: William Morris

Colors: Brick, Indigo, Forest Green

Sizes: Rabbit: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles. Birds: 4.25 inch only

Other Colors: Custom background colors available. See How to Order Tile.

Strawberry Thief

William Morris Strawberry Thief Tile, Blue Background, 6 inch
William Morris Strawberry Thief Tile, pattern repeat

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles

Other Colors: Not currently available.

Hunt for the Unicorn Floral Background

Captive Unicorn Background

Designer: William Morris Tile, based on the background to the medieval unicorn tapestries

Sizes: 6 inch or 8 inch tiles

Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Artichoke

William Morris Artichoke

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles

Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Medway

William Morris Medway in blue and white, 6 x 8 inch tile

Designer: William Morris

Colors: Blue

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch and 6 inch square, or 6 x8 inch tiles

Colors: Both background and pattern can be modified.

William Morris Medway in blue and white

Willow

William Morris Willow, white background William Morris Willow, black background William Morris Willow, parchment background
William Morris Willow variations: white, black, and parchment colorways

Designer: William Morris

Colors: White, Black, Parchment

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles

Notes: Background color can be changed. See How to Order Tile.

Daffodil

William Morris Daffodil Tile

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles

Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Compton

William Morris Tile: Compton in Gold and Salmon Colorways

Designer: William Morris

Colors: Gold, Salmon

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles.

Other Colors: Colors can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

Bird and Trellis

Bird and Trellis, red Bird and Trellis, gold Bird and Trellis, yellowBird and Trellis, rose

Designer: William Morris

Colors: Red, Tangerine, Light Yellow, Rose

Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles.

Other Colors: Colors can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

These are also available in a set of four seamless tiles, in two colorways: Pink/yellow and red/rose bicolors. 4.25 inch only.

William Morris Bird and Trellis colorway variations William Morris Bird and Trellis, seamless dark

See these tiles installed here and here.

Jane Morris Daisy

Red House Daisy Pattern

    Title:Jane Morris Daisy

    Sizes: 4.25 inch or 6 inch tiles.

Yellow Peony

Yellow Peony Tile

    Title: Yellow Peony

    Sizes: 4.25 inch, 6, 8 inch inch tiles.

Morris Daisy Wallpaper Tile

Daisy Tile Panels

    Title: Daisy Wallpaper

    Size: Seamless 6 x 8 inch tiles (15.4 cm x 20.32 cm.). Also available in 6 inch, not seamless.

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Weight: 13.8 ounces (392.grams)

    Daisy Wallpaper Tile, 6 inch

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.