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

Art made by the people for the people, as a joy to the maker and the user... ~William Morris

Tile in the William Morris and De Morgan Tradition

William Morris 'The Forest' tile backsplash

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

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1 June 2020

William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement

"Hope" is the thing with feathers... ~Emily Dickinson

This is not the spring we imagined, is it? Still, the days are beautiful and there is hope, as well as loss and fear. Here is what I know:

Hope is the thing with feathers...

How can I help when I don't know the needs or even the problem? But hope is the thing with feathers so until further notice, all bird tiles are 40% off (up to $200) Please pay it forward when you can.

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Art is a wound turned into light. ~Georges Braque

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What's New?

Current Announcements

Current Featured Tile

First time here? How this Site is Organized

Newest Customer Installations

Latest Tiles

Visual Galleries

This month:

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

Strawberry Thief is the current featured tile. It was, and still is, William Morris's most popular design (with Brother Rabbit). Strawberry Thief shows the thrushes that darted in and out of the vines at Kelmscott Manor, stealing strawberries. The first Strawberry Thief had an indigo background, and other colors were added later. Designed in 1875, Strawberry Thief was made as a woodblock, but Morris struggled with the process. After moving operations to Merton Abbey, progress was made and eventually he was able to release a version he was proud of in 1883. Strawberry Thief was the first design to red and yellow to the basic blue and white background. The entire process took several days.

I was a great deal at Merton last week ... anxiously superintending the first printing of the Strawberry thief, which I think we shall manage this time.
~William to May Morris, 1881

Strawberry Thief Backsplash

Strawberry Thief Single Tile

Strawberry Thief Backsplashes and Borders.

The featured tile changes roughly once a week.

Featured tiles ship free in the U.S. See How to Order Tile.

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New: Medieval Celestials

Luna, from De Sphaera

New for June 2020: De Sphaera, the Spheres of the Cosmos. These larger tiles are based on De Sphaera Mundi (On the Sphere of the World), a medieval introduction to the basic elements of astronomy by Jonannes de Sacrobosco, 1230. One of the most influence works of pre-Copernican astronomy in Europe, it is based heavily on Ptolemy's Almagest but shows a strong influence from Islamic astronomy.

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Other Announcements

Membland border tiles, 6x6

Membland is a William Morris - William De Morgan collaboration. Six panels of an unknown number that tiled a bath at Membland Hall remain. Single tiles, backsplashes, fireplace panels, and a full-size, 66-tile panel are available. Membland single tiles have recently come down in price.

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Baths (one new)

Kitchens (two new)

Fireplaces (one new)

Stairs and Accents (one new)

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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.

William Morris Tiles from Textiles:

Strawberry Thief Backsplash and Border Tiles

Thistle (attributed to Dearle, but probably Kate Faulkner)

Tiles from Textiles Gallery

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William De Morgan:

Fish Companion Tiles

De Morgan Tiles Gallery

De Morgan Borders and Backsplashes

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Ongoing additions to the bestiary:

new bestiary tiles

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

Medieval Tile Listing

Victorian Medieval:

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

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Victorian and Arts & Crafts Botanicals

Northwest Ferns

Botanicals: Ladies Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals

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Pre-Raphaelite Arts & Crafts:

Edward Burne-Jones, Doorkeeper

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Art Nouveau:

Art Nouveau Water Lily and Lotus

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 'Four Queens'

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

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

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Waterhouse, Circe

Other Tiles I Hope to Work on Soon

But really, it's getting away from me....


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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And Someday....

If these seem like a good idea, encourage me.

Victorian tea room tiles.

Accent tiles to accompany the Monoceros Star Map backsplash.

Medieval Story Tiles

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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