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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

Early Morris Daisies: 1860s - 1880s

William Morris Daisy Tiles, 1860s-1882

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). This is most evident in the 1860s tiles (bottom row).

This pattern was later produced in blue and white.

Daisy Tile Blacksplash and Border

This backsplash is built on Morris daisies spanning more than three decades. Top row: 1882 Morris & Co Daisies (sold from the 1880s well into the 1920s); second row, 1870s fronded daisy sold by Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner: top row: early 1860s Morris daisy tile, also sold through Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner.

For borders, the tiles are borderless on the horizontal, but layering them in a backsplash gives an interest effect. And it has a nice backstory, both as to their being inspired by Jane Morris's original Red House daisies and because the evolution of the Morris-De Morgan tilemaking process is so evident.

William Morris Daisy Tiles, 1860s-1880s

Daisies were produced both in blue and white and in blue and white with yellow centers.

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.

Pricing for William Morris Daisies

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each

6 inch square tiles: $51 each

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Early Fronded Daisy

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

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

Pricing for Green Fronded Daisies

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each

6 inch square tiles: $51 each

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