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Victorian Tile in the William Morris and De Morgan Tradition

Tile in the tradition of English Arts & Crafts, also known as the decorative wing of the Pre-Raphaelite movement

Victorian, Medieval, Arts & Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite Tile

William Morris 'The Forest' tile backsplash

If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House. ~William Morris

24 May 2019

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Abandon hopelessness, all ye who enter here. ~G.K. Chesterton

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May Announcements

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Newest Customer Installations

Latest Tiles

Visual Galleries

Small peacock border tiles

Small Peacock Border Tiles

The featured tile changes once or twice a week.

There are substantial discounts on featured tiles on the days they are featured. See How to Order Tile.

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Waterhouse, Circe

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Newest Tiles

These are the most recent tiles, in reverse order. I add new tile designs less frequently during tile season.

Medieval:

William Morris Tiles from Textiles:

Thistle (attributed to Dearle, but probably Kate Faulkner)

William De Morgan:

Glessner House Fireplace Tiles

Added a backsplash and new accent tile to De Morgan Parrots and Macaws.

Added white and cobalt variations to William De Morgan Peacock Small Borders.

Ongoing additions to the bestiary:

2 new medieval dogs

One new medieval cat

Back and Company's Old Snap Spirits dragon added to Victorian and Folklore Dragon

Brought back Limited Edition murals to Tres Riches Heures Labors of the Months tile set (12 months, 6 tiles).

Victorian Medieval:

Monoceros Star Map backsplash. Beware of unicorns in the sky.

Victorian

Botanicals: Ladies Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals

Pre-Raphaelite Arts & Crafts:

Edward Burne-Jones, Doorkeeper

Added border option to Lewis Carroll Fireplace tiles

Additional Colors to Peacock and Carnation Border Tiles

Arts and Crafts:

Northwest Ferns

Art Nouveau:

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 'Four Queens'

Walter Crane Flower Tiles

Galleries

The galleries are visual gateways to tiles in the general area mentioned. Options such as size, color, and other variations are shown on the individual product pages.

William Morris Tiles from Textiles

Morris & Co. Tiles

Victorian Blue and White Tiles

William De Morgan Tiles

De Morgan Tile Borders and Backsplashes

William Morris Red House and Early Tiles

Medieval Maps and Bestiary Tiles

Medieval Book of Hours and Herbals

Victorian Tiles (reworking)

Scottish, Glasgow Arts & Crafts, Jessie M. King, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Fairy Tales and Victorian Nursery

Current Announcements: May

New tiles

Thistle

Like so many things, Thistle took longer than I expected. Thistle is reported to have been William Morris's favorite textile pattern. He spent so many happy days at Kelmscott Manor, fishing in the river, that it really does not surprise me. However, thistle was not registered until 1897, which makes it possible if the design sat around a bit, but less likely, what with Morris dying in 1896 and all.

Thistle, Japonnaise colorway

I made Thistle in both traditional and non-traditional colors, including some colors inspired by the late Victorian interest in the decorative arts of the Far East. One thing leads to another so I am now exploring Victorian opera fans as a possible subject for tiles. Perhaps nothing will come of it. We really do need a larger selection of tile backsplashes, not more border tiles.

See all Thistle colorways.

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De Morgan in Chicago

I also completed Chicago's Historic Glessner fireplace tiles (De Morgan Carnations). I'm talking with Bill Tyre, the curator of Glessner House, and the museum may be offering single tiles in small cobalt variation. I have minimum orders, which is not great for Arts & Crafts tile collectors, so this may work out well even if you never visit Chicago. I'll update that here as I know more.

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Tiles I'm Working On

I hope to wrap some of these up by mid-month. However, we're going into tile season, and making tiles pre-empts new work, so perhaps not.

Thistle again

I'll also add a Thistle to California native wildflowers.

Strawberry Thief Backsplash and Border tiles

I have made a little progress on the Strawberry Thief backsplash. I started the Tiggy Stardust colorway on a cobalt background, and had planned to add the other colorways, but that has morphed into only Tiggy Stardust on all available background colors. Other colorways will come if Tiggy does well. The backsplash will be availabe in 17 inches x 17 inches, 24 inches x 24 inches, and 32 inches by 32 inches. Strawberry Thief

Victoriana

I've started work on nests, kitchen herbs, and possibly fish. Kitchen herbs are probably more important but I am enjoying the nests. Meanwhile, do see the Ladies' Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals

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Still Planning to Work on:

Lower-priced background color samples that can be used for field tile matching.

Victorian tea room tiles.

Accent tiles to accompany the Monoceros Star Map backsplash.

Medieval Story Tiles

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Customer Installation Photos:

Framed Book of Hours tiles
Framed Book of Hours Tiles

Recent

Baths (one new)

Kitchens (four new)

Fireplaces (one new)

Stairs and Accents (one new)

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Web Updates

I have moved to a more secure server which seems to be quite a bit faster as well. I think everything is working as it should, but if you run into difficulty and have a moment, please tell me so I can fix it.

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I don't send notification emails because people get enough impersonal emails.

If I have your mailing address, I will send an occasional postcard featuring a tile with an interesting backstory. I intend that these will be pretty enough for bookmarks and not make their way immediately to a landfill.

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I say to you that earth and heaven are not two but one; and this one is that which ye know,
and are each one of you a part of.... unless ye slay it.
~William Morris, A Dream of John Ball

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris