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William De Morgan Blue Peony Tiles

The blue peony tile scroll is representative of De Morgan's 'Persian' period. Colors he called a Persian palette include turquoise, dark blue, manganese purple, a yellow green, Indian red, and lemon yellow. Blue Peony was designed as a commission for the P&O Liner Arabia, in 1886.

Both Morris and De Morgan had a strong interest in the Persian tiles, that we correctly call Iznak today, after the town in Turkey with a long heritage of making tile. In Victorian England, true Iznak tiles were difficult to come by, but the more provincial Damascus tiles were readily available.

This tile is reprsentative of Persian influence in De Morgan's Persian era. The fan-shaped flowers are traditional Persian themes. You can find information about De Morgan and his methods are in the articles De Morgan Arts and Crafts and Morris & Co. Tile Making Process.

These six-inch tiles are seamless on the horizontal. They are available in the true Persian palette shown below and one with stronger turquoise colors and deeper greens that one finds in other De Morgan tiles in his Fulham period. The two-tile panel available in 4.25 and 6 inch tiles.

William De Morgan tile, Blue Peony scroll in original 'Persian' colors, available in 4.25 and 6 inch
Title: Blue Peony

Panels: 6 tiles in three two-tile panels.

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each tile

Colors: I also make these in a non-tradition contemporary palette, that is overall more blue than De Morgan's Persian colors. See the photo on this page.


4.25 inch square tiles: $44 each

6 inch square tiles: $55 each

Availability*: Tiles without custom work (see How to Order Tile for what that means) can ship fairly quickly in the 4.25 and 6 inch versions.

How to Order a Sample Tile

I can make you a sample tile for panels and backsplashes. Here's how to get a sample tile:

shopping basketOrder a panel/backsplash sample. When you've finished your checkout, you'll be redirected to a page where you can tell me the backplash or panel you are interested in and ask any questions you might have.

The shipping calculator should work for the US and Canada. If it's off, we can settle up when I ship your order. For other countries, contact me so I can send you an invoice for your sample.

Keepsake Gift Box

Alternatively, you can order a full-size individual tile on a hardwood gift box. Most have locks and keys.

William De Morgan Blue Peony Keepsake Box