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William Morris Early Tiles: The Evolution of Daisies

...everything made by man's hands has a form, which must be either beautiful or ugly; beautiful if it is in accord with Nature, and helps her; ugly if it is discordant with Nature, and thwarts her; it cannot be indifferent. ~William Morris

Daisy Tile Backsplash

William Morris Daisy Tiles, 1860s-1882

This backsplash is built on Morris daisies spanning more than three decades. Top row: 1882 Morris & Co Daisies (sold into the 1920s); second row, 1870s fronded daisy sold by Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner: top row: early 1860s Morris daisy tile, also sold through MMF.

It's fine to order just one variation of the tiles, but layering them gives an interest effect. And it has a nice backstory, both as to their being inspired by Jane's original daisies and because of the way they were made:

The first daisy tiles sold by 'The Firm' were hand painted in blue and yellow on tin-glazed Dutch banks. This gave them an opaque white appearance. After being painted, the tiles were fired again at a lower temperature which resulting in the glaze barely softening so the color sat on top of the background without being fused into it. (Read why this was a problem). I've tried to duplicate that effect of the image floating over the tile in the 1860s tiles.

Sizes and Coverage

Daisies are available in 4.25 and 6 inch tiles. You can customize the Evolution of Daisies backsplash to fit any size area. For example, 25 4.25 inch tiles will cover a 34 x 13 inch under cabinet backsplash.

You can mix and match tiles in the daisy backsplash -- just keep consistent on each row.

Quick Order Evolution of Daisies Backsplash

You can quick order The Evolution of daisies in 4.25 inch tiles. If you are ordering many tiles, need a different size, or a combination of different tile products, see How to Order Tile to take advantage of discounts and better shipping prices.

  • Order Evolution of Daisies.

    If you are ordering many tiles, need a different size, or a combination of different tiles, see How to Order Tile to take advantage of discounts and better shipping prices.

    After you've checked out, choose Return to Website to be redirected to the confirmation page where you can tell me your color options, ask any questions you might have, and tell me about your project. I will send you an email to confirm your order. If you don't write to me, I'll send you an email to get your preferences before I make your tiles.

Quick Order only works for the US and Canada. For other countries, contact me so I can give you a shipping estimate and we can go from there.

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 give you a shipping estimate and we can go from there..

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Early Fronded Daisy

Early fronded daisy tiles, with yellow flowers and dark green leaves, on white blanks

The early fronded daisy is available in green and yellow on a white background. It is available in 4.25 inch ceramic only.

Quick Order Early Fronded Daisies

  • Order Early Fronded Daisies.

    After you've checked out, choose Return to Website to be redirected to the confirmation page where you can tell me which dragons tiles (by name or number), ask any questions you might have, and tell me about your project. I will send you an email to confirm your order.

This only works for the US and Canada. For other countries, contact me so I can give you a shipping estimate and we can go from there..

When I get your order, I'll send you a confirmation mail.

Pricing for William Morris Daisies

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each

6 inch square tiles: $51 each

Minimum Order: For 4.25 and 6 inch: 6 tiles, any combination. For 8x 6 inch: 5 tiles.

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. For other sizes, there may be a little longer wait on larger orders as I don't stock as many of these blanks.

More Daisy Tiles

Evolution of Daisies Tiles and Backsplash

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Woodblock Daisy Wallpaper Tiles

Blue and White Daisies

early fronded daisies