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Beauty feeds the soul, wakens it, and brings it to life as nothing else can. ~Thomas Moore
Tile in the tradition of English Arts & Crafts, also known as "the Decorative Wing of the Pre-Raphaelite movement."
Each year, the William Morris Society of Canada creates a special birthday cake. This year's cake is CFA Voysey's Bluebird. Meet this year's cake and some cakes from earlier years (and one imposter!).
The Forest Backsplash
The featured tile changes every few days. Featured tiles and backsplashes are discounted on the days they are featured. See How to Order Tile.
New tile additions are less frequent during tile season.
Tres Riche Heures Labors of the Months undercabinet tile set (12 months, 6 tiles).
Victorian medieval: Monoceros Star Map backsplash. Beware of unicorns in the sky.
Working on: I've made the acquaintance of Mr. Graham Warwick who owns and has restored much of the estate that is known as "Tromode House" on the Isle of Man but is properly known as "Cronkbourne". I am currently working on the Cinderella fireplace panels that are installed there. The architecture is stunning and Mr. Graham has graciously provided photos. English Arts & Crafts: William Morris on the Isle of Man
Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward. ~e.e. cummings
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Current Lead Time - The current time to ship is about 2 weeks for most tiles
Featured tiles. Featured tiles change every few days and are posted to the catalog and social media (social media buttons). Featured tiles are discounted while they're featured.Projects in Progress
Medieval: Voynich celestial tiles
Glasgow School: Jessie M. King Beauty in the Beast's Garden
Botanicals: Victorian and Medieval Gardens
If I have your mailing address, I will send an occasional postcard featuring a tile with an interesting backstory, which I intend will be pretty enough for bookmarks and not make its way immediately to a landfill.
Featured tiles are posted to the website, Facebook, Morris Tile, Google+, and Pinterest. The featured tiles discounted while they are featured.
Art made by the people for the people, as a joy to the maker and the user... ~William MorrisArts & Crafts Tiles
When William Morris built Red House, his first married home, it became a gathering place for a circle of Pre-Raphaelite artists, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, and others. Red House was designed by William Morris in collaboration with his friend, architect Philip Webb. 'The Firm' (Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner) was conceived with friends after a dinner at Red House, later dissolved, and Morris & Co. formed. Pre-Raphaelite ceramics master, William De Morgan, began his career in stained glass at Morris & Co. but his interests and gift for ceramics inspired him to establish his own tileworks.
At the center of Arts & Crafts, is a philosophy, and a reactionary one at that: To elevate the decorative arts to the level of fine art, and to make them personal and accessible.
William De Morgan Arts & Crafts Tiles
Glasgow School Arts & Crafts
Morris and Morris & Co. Tiles
Tiles from Tapestries and Textiles
Morris Red House and Early TilesVictorian Tiles
The first Victorian tiles were mass-produced inlaid, printed, or Delftware tiles. Morris took exception to what he considered low quality in mass-produced decorative arts but some mass-produced tiles were quite robust. The Arts & Crafts movement was reactionary, advocating a return to the medieval craftsmanship and quality.
Classic Victorian tiles are symmetrical and characterized by geometric shapes, usually mass produced by such companies and Minton Co. Arts & Crafts tiles are a subtype, characterized by natural motifs and bright colors and individual or small-run production methods.
Tiles in the catalog are primarily Victorian, either Morris and De Morgan designs, or, have a Victorian aspect.
Victorian Tile Catalog
Victorian and Golden Age Nursery Tiles
Victoriana: Blue and White Tiles
My work is the embodiment of dreams in one form or another. ~William MorrisMedieval Tiles
Victorians had a strong interest in Medieval art and culture, myths and legends - Chaucer, Camelot and the search for the Holy Grail. William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones met at Oxford, beginning a friendship that would last a lifetime. They traveled through Belgium and northern France, where the Gothic churches left a lasting impression.
Their love of things medieval spanned literature, architecture, painting, bringing the mythic medieval worldview into reality in Red House. Its the walled garden was arranged in a medieval fashion, and Morris and Philip Webb researched and selected the plants he would put there. The house itself, was built along the path that Chaucer's pilgrims would have traveled on their way to Canterbury. Furniture, walls, embroidery was designed and executed by Jane, William and their friends, all in a medieval context.
Morris and the Medieval
Bestiaries, Celestials, Maps, and Monsters
Book of Hours, Herbals, Codices, and Crowns
Bestiary: Dragons, Unicorns, Unusual Pets
Medieval Codices, Gardens and HerbalsPre-Raphaelite Tile
At Morris &. Co., designs for one medium were often translated into another medium. The Pre-Raphaelite artists here are "second wave", primarily Burne-Jones and Rossetti. Artists associated with the Aesthetic Movement ("Art for Art's Sake") is not really Pre-Raphaelite. The Pre-Raphaelite concept is closer to "Art for Truth's sake".
Edward Burne-Jones was Morris's best friend and his mentor-turned-business-partner Dante Gabriel Rossetti was emotionally involved with Morris's wife, Janey. Jane, as well as Morris's daughters, Jenny and May, modeled for his friends. Jenny Morris was the model for the Days of Creation, Rossetti was close to May and even considered trying to adopt her. George Howard also painted both girls.
Art for Truth's Sake
Pre-Raphaelite Art Tile Catalog
Days of Creation Angels
Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose panels
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris
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