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From left: Turquoise Blue Peacock, Winged Sea Horses, Tree of Knowledge,
Fantastic Bird, Winged Gryphon, Peacock and Salamanders, Parrot Fireplace Tiles
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
New 'The Forest' installation photos
Kitchen Backsplash Installation Photos
Abandon hopelessness, all ye who enter here. ~G.K. Chesterton
First time here? How this Site is Organized
New Kitchen Installation Photos
New Victorian Blue & White Tiles
Parrots and Macaws, William De Morgan
The featured tile changes every few days.
There are substantial discounts on featured tiles on the days they are featured. See How to Order Tile.
I really need to sparkle up the gray winter skies a little, so this month, and longer if it seems like a good idea, I'll do two featured tiles. Every day (most days), I'll offer one of the bestiary tiles at half-off. There are three pages of dragons, unicorns, medieval dogs and medieval cats, two sets of unicorns, and a child's bestiary. There is still a minimum order size, but it's enough to pay for a chunk of shipping, in many cases.
Classic fashion: Aberdeen bestiary Amphisbaena wearing pearls.
I add new tile designs less frequently during tile season.
Ongoing additions to the bestiary:
Brought back Limited Edition murals to Tres Riches Heures Labors of the Months tile set (12 months, 6 tiles).
Monoceros Star Map backsplash. Beware of unicorns in the sky.
Viking Ship ~Edward Burne-Jones, tile from stained glass
Artichoke (Added Morris & Co. version)
Interesting and fun things happened in January. The Alice in Wonderland theme continued -- I added some new Lewis Carroll fireplace tiles. I also made the acquaintance of Mark Burstein at the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and learned more about William De Morgan's connection to Lewis Carroll. The connection, it turns out, was not just through their mutual friend, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but the two met at least once to discuss and select tiles for Charles Dodgson's (Lewis Carroll) rooms at Oxford. Most of the tiles chosen had meaning for Dodgson, some that I didn't realize. At least one book claims a corresponding symbolism to each of the tiles, although I believe that may be a stretch.
I've also introduced a Limited Edition Collectors Set of Lewis Carroll fireplace animals on two tiles. These are offered at a discount to members of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and it just happens that the discount is the amount of a membership. So if you are at all interested in Lewis Carroll, you not only can take advantage fo the discount but gain access to a weath of articles and information about Lewis Carroll.
In the process, I also made the acquaintance of a Lewis Carroll mathemagician. Does 64=65? Evidently, it can: The San Francisco Public Library has uploaded a fun lecture given by Stuart on Lewis Carroll's Math Puzzles. I've starting exploring how I can makes some Lewis Carroll math puzzle tiles. They would be fun nursery tiles.
I've sworn off taking on any more bespoke tile projects. Well, mostly. What is a bespoke tile, you ask? About bespoke tiles
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.
Legend of Good Wimmen.
Victorian Botanicals and Geometrics, if there's interest.
Baths (one new)
Kitchens (four new)
Fireplaces (one new)
Stairs and Accents (one new)
I am making the gallery, catalog, and product pages more mobile friendly as I go along, including a font change so there may be some moments of "What was she thinking?" Several pages have been done. For mobile users, the descriptions should appear closer to the images and be less confusion.
Book of Hours: January and FebruaryNotifications 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.
You can get updates on featured tiles at William Morris Tile as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Featured tiles are posted on this website, Facebook, Morris Tile on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Featured tiles are discounted while they are featured.
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
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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris
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