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Philip Webb and William De Morgan

Scrolls, Whorls, Boughs, Swirls

William De Morgan blue and white scroll border

Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping ~Julia Margaret Cameron

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Philip Webb Color Palette

Philip Webb Color Palette

Philip Webb Whorls and Flowers

William De Morgan Scrolls

Philip Webb

William De Morgan and Philip Webb were key figures in the early directions taken by Morris's firm. Best known for his architectural design for Red House, William Morris's first married home, and later for the animals in 'The Forest' tapestry, Philip Webb was a founding member of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., and hence the Arts and Crafts Movement itself.

Morris is so much a large solar energy that the stars around him can be overshadowed. Just as De Morgan is known as the Father of Arts & Crafts ceramics, Philip Webb, a major architect of the Gothic Revival movement, is often called the Father of Arts & Crafts Architecture. With Morris, he founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877.

Morris met Philip Webb while working for the architect G.E. Street in London. Morris and Edward Burne-Jones were sharing living quarters at the time, and the three remained friends and went on to establish 'The Firm' in 1861.

Webb's collaborated with Morris from the earliest days, as seen in tiles as Longden and Red House Birds, through his contributions to The Forest into designs for Kelmscott book covers, such as William Morris's Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs.

Philip Webb - Early Whorls and Flowers Tiles

Philip Webb Whorls and Flowers variations

I have three tiles based on Philip Webbs "Whorls and Flowers" tile, shown far left.

Whorls and Flowers Pricing

4.25 inch square tiles (5 flowers tile only): $44

6 inch square tiles: $56

How to Order Tile

All three comes in two blues: Webb Blue (a lighter blue) and De Morgan Blue (a deeper cobalt blue).

Philip Webb tile shown in Webb Blue (right) and De Morgan blue left)

Background Color: White or cream.

Philip Webb whorls inlaid in Saltillo tiles

While not recommended as floor tile, these tiles are suitable on hearths, shower floors, and places where you will not be wearing your golf cleats. Shown: Saltillo tiles inlaid with custom Philip Webb Whorls.

Webb Sunflower

Sunflowers were popular with Victorians. Morris & Co. produced several early versions. Later De Morgan tiles include versions in polychrome and red lustre.

Philip Webbs sunflower is an early tile produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. It is available in Webb blue only.

Philip Webb sunflower

4.25 inch square tiles : $46

6 inch square tiles: $56

Other Philip Webb Tiles

Early Blue Longden

Red House Birds

The Forest Backsplash

Forest Animal Accent Tiles (tumbled and ceramic)

Birds and Betrayal

William De Morgan

Red Lustre Scrolls

William De Morgan Red Lustre Leaf Scroll, open William De Morgan Red Lustre Leaf Scroll, closed William De Morgan Red Lustre double Scroll

From left: open scroll, closed scroll, double scroll. Shown on cream background.

De Morgan Red Lustre Scrolls are available in 4.25 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch tiles:

Red Lustre Scroll Pricing

4.25 inch square tiles: $48

6 inch square tiles: $58

6 inch square tiles: $78

How to Order Tile

De Morgan red lustre scrolls work with all red lustre tiles. such as Lewis Carroll Fireplace and Barn Owls)

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De Morgan Blue Scrolls

William De Morgan Blue Leaf Scroll, open William De Morgan Blue Leaf Scroll, closed William De Morgan Blue double Scroll William De Morgan Blue double Scroll with flowers William De Morgan mirrored scrolls border

From left: open scroll, closed scroll, double scroll, double scroll with flowers, mirrored open scrolls. Shown on white background.

De Morgan Blue Scrolls are available in 4.25 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch tiles:

Blue Scroll Pricing (on white background)

4.25 inch square tiles: $46

6 inch square tiles: $58

6 inch square tiles: $76

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Related De Morgan Pages

William De Morgan Overview and List of Tiles

William De Morgan Biographical Information

William De Morgan Gallery

William De Morgan Cobalt Blue Scrolls and Boughs

Customer Installation Photos: Kitchens

Customer Installation Photos: Showers and Baths

Customer Installation Photos: Fireplaces, Stairs, Accents

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