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Victorian Fireplace Tiles

William De Morgan Parrots and Macaws

She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot. ~Mark Twain

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William De Morgan fireplace tiles, Parrots and Macaws.  Parrots were onsidered appropriate pets for women, especially lonely women, in the 19th century, as an outlet for their emotions.

Exotic birds such as parrots, macaws, cockatoos were popular Victorian pets. While generally considered appropriate pets for women, especially lonely women, as an outlet for their emotions, both Rossetti and the De Morgans kept exotic birds. Several De Morgan panels feature parrots.

The Macaw and Parrot panels are available on 6 and 8 inch ceramic tiles.

Application: These tiles are a good choice for fireplace tile panels, or as a backsplash.

    Title: William De Morgan : Persian Serpents

    Panels: Two tiles in a vertical panel

    Size: 6 inch (15.24 cm) or 8 inch (20.32 cm) square tiles

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Colors: Backgrounds can be modified easily. Other colors can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

    Availability: Can usually be shipped a week or so.

    William De Morgan Parrot and Macaw panel with black background.

    Single panel (black or cream)

    Two Six Inch Tiles: $245

    Two Eight Inch Tiles: $335

    * Single parrot accent tiles are available. Contact me with how many you need for a price.

    Backsplash tiles (two facing panels)

    Four Six Inch Tiles: $480

    Four Eight Inch Tiles: $665

    Fireplace Tiles (seamless on the vertical)

    Each panel:

    Four 6 Inch Square Tiles: $550. Additional tiles: $120.

    Four 8 x 6 Inch Tiles: $670. Additional tiles: $140.

    Four 8 x 8 Inch Square Tiles: $790. Additional tiles: $155.

    *Fireplace renovations can have more space constraints than tile renovations and the configurations are endless. The parrots and macaws are very forgiving in this regard. By changing the tiles blanks to 8 x 6, the height can be increased or decreased in 6-inch increments. Leaving a slightly larger outside border allows widths to be adjusted at install time. Let me know if your project needs this kind of accommodation.

    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 Parrots Keepsake Box

    Installing and Caring for Your Tile

    These tiles are suitable for interior use on walls, backsplashes, showers, and fireplace panels. If used in a shower or behind a sink, you will want to seal the grout well. Your installer will know about this. I will send you an information sheet when I ship your tile.

    Laying out your tile before you start installing will make things go faster and lessen the drama if you want to keep to a pattern. Be sure to use unsanded grout when installing your tile. The tile is tough but sanded grout will put infinitely small scratches in your seal which will make the finish different from what you started with. This isn't as noticeable on tumbled as on ceramic tile, but can happen. You can clean your tiles with any household non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge.