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Tile in the William Morris and De Morgan Tradition

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

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

Seven William De Morgan tile panels.  Left to Right: William De Morgan blue peacock, Winged Seahorse Panel, Tree of Knowledge (with William Morris), Fantastic Bird, Winged Gryphon, Peacock and Salamanders, Parrot Fireplace Tiles from WilliamMorrisTile.com

William De Morgan reproduction tile panels
From left: Turquoise Blue Peacock, Winged Sea Horses, Tree of Knowledge,
Fantastic Bird, Winged Gryphon, Peacock and Salamanders, Parrot Fireplace Tiles

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

News: Riders of the Sidhe tile backplash is complete and photos are up.

Also, I've modified the Search function to return better results. Let me know how it goes!

Today's Featured tile:

Riders of the Sidhe tile backplash

Riders of the Sidhe, tile backsplash detail

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.

New Customer Installation Photos:

Turquoise Peacock Fireplace

Membland Accent Bath

Membland accent tile, black background

Other Customer Installation Photos:

Kitchens

Baths

Fireplaces

Stairs Accents

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New Tiles

I add new tile designs less frequent during tile season.

Arts and Crafts:

William Morris Tiles from Textiles:

Medieval:

Tres Riche Heures Labors of the Months tile set (12 months, 6 tiles).

New Medieval Gardens and bestiary dragons and cats

Victorian medieval: Monoceros Star Map backsplash. Beware of unicorns in the sky.

Golden Age Art Tile:

Current Announcements

Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward. ~e.e. cummings

New California botanicals and Charles Rennie Mackintosh flowers.

De Morgan blue and white fantastic animals and complementary fantastic ducks. Do see the Lewis Carroll fireplace at Oxford, which has both.

I have added Cinderella side panels to the Morris / Burne-Jones Cinderella fireplace tiles.

The All-the-Dragons page is down and I am removing the links. With more than 100 dragons, it loads too slowly even on fast connections. One will have to slog through the three dragon pages:

Web Updates

New customer installation photos are on their way.

I have updated the Textile Gallery to provide one visual index of textile patterns. Not all colors of every pattern are shown. Follow the easy links to the individual tile pages.

Tiles are inspected several times before they ship:

Woodland Weeds Tile Inspection
Tiles from Morris Textile Designs

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Current Lead Time - The current time to ship is about 2-3 weeks for most tiles.

Get updates on featured tiles at William Morris Tile as well as on social media (social media buttons).

Projects in Progress

Glasgow School: Jessie M. King Beauty in the Beast's Garden

Medieval: Bestiary Updates

Botanicals: Victorian Botanicals and Animals of Australia

Overruns

I will post more overruns soon. They are tiles I made when I was trying to get the color exactly right, or testing sizes. Overruns are deeply discounted, but are a fixed quantity.

Notifications

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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Featured tiles are posted to the website, Facebook, Morris Tile, Google+, and Pinterest. The featured tiles discounted while they are featured.

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

Arts & Crafts Tiles

William De Morgan Persian Fish Frieze

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 Tiles

Victorian Tiles

Blue and White Ships, Triptych

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 Tiles

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 Morris

Medieval Tiles

Medieval Dragon kitchen

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 Herbals

Pre-Raphaelite Tile

Edward Burne-Jones Days of Creation Angel

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

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