Victorian Era: Blue and White Tiles

Pinned for later from William Morris Tile.  Top row: Brother Rabbit, Willow, Lodden, Medway, Fairytale Swans 'Hill' version.  Middle Row: DeMorgan Ships, Early Lodden, Philip Webb stork, DeMorgan dragon ship. Bottom row: Brother Rabbit bird detail, Philip Webb Red House duck, William DeMorgan galleon, Kelmscott swans, Philip Webb goose tile

As long as it's blue

Of blue choose those shades that have the pure, slightly grey, tone of indigo dye (varying somewhat, of course, on different materials). The quality of this colour is singularly beautiful, and not easy to describe except by negatives : it is neither slatey, nor too hot, nor too cold, nor does it lean to that unutterably coarse green-blue, libellously called "peacock" blue ; it has different tones, brilliant sometimes, and sometimes quiet, reminding one now of the grey-blue of a distant landscape, and now of the intense blue of a midday summer sky, if anything can resemble that. ~May Morris

Blue Florals

William DeMorgan nine-bough square tile William Morris early blue longden tile Flying Foliage Vertical foliage

Nine-bough square, early blue lodden, and foliage field tiles are available in both 4.25 and 6 inch tiles.

Current floral blues.

Tiles from Textiles in Blue

Strawberry Thief, blue and white William Morris Brother Rabbit bird detail William Morris Medway pattern on tile William Morris willow pattern in blue William Morris Lodden pattern on tile William Morris Brother Rabbit

These blue textile designs are available: Strawberry Thief, Medway, Willow, Brother Rabbit, and Lodden.

See the textiles.

Kelmscott and 'Hill' swans

Fairy Tale mantle swans, 16 swans Fairy Tale mantle swans, 36 swans Kelmscott swans Kelmscott swans

Blue and white swan field tiles are available in several variations, and blue colorways

All the swans

Morris and Rossetti Collections

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's blue and white china collection
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's blue and white china collection

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William and Jane Morris, Kelmscott blue and white china collection
William Morris, Kelmscott blue and white china collection

Blue and White Birds and Animals

Edward Detmold Aesop's Fables tile

Victorian animals and birds by Edward Detmold, from Aesop's Fables. Victorian Nursery Tiles.

Philip Webb Red House Birds

Red House Birds, border tiles

The Red House Bird borders are shown on a white background. Both the borders and accent tiles" are available with a white or cream background.

See the Red House Border Tiles.

De Morgan Ships and Foliage

Victorian era: William DeMorgan cobalt blue and white tiles, produced for and sold by Morris and Co. William De Morgan three-tile panel of ship with archers and magic bird

See all the ships and foliage.

Birds and Betrayal

The Birds and Betrayal tiles are based on the William Morris and Philip Webb design for the cover of the Ring of the Niebelung. They are available in blue and white, green and white, turquoise and white green and white, red and white, and earth brown and white variations and color modifiations are possible.

Tile from William Morris design for cover of the Ring of the Niebelung, cobalt on white Tile from William Morris design for cover of the Ring of the Niebelung, white on cobalt Tile from William Morris design for cover of the Ring of the Niebelung, turquoise on white

See birds and betrayal color and read the story.

Kelmscott Chaucer tiles

Edward-Burne Jones illustrations for the Kelmscott
Chaucer tiles in cobalt and white.

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Astrolabe.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Manne of Lawe.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Troilus and Criseyde.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile.

See the Chaucer tile set

De Morgan Blue Weaver Birds

Merton Abbey Blue Birds

De Morgan reproduction tiles, blue weavers