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William Morris Early Tiles

Columbine Tile, 1865

William Morris Columbine tiles in Victorian blue and cobalt

The powers of the columbine can destroy pestilence and cause dogs to cease from barking ~from a medieval pharmacopeaia

William Morris Columbine Tile

William Morris Columbine Tile

Columbine is my favorite of the single tiles. It is one of the earliest Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner tiles and was produced in both blue and white, and in blue-lavender-yellow polychrome tile. The iphone photo shown doesn't really do justice to the subtle gradient of the blueish-purple into the yellow, but the yellow here is slightly lighter than in real life. It's wonderful.

Most of the original Columbine tiles that remain are blue with a white background. The polychrome tile is based on an unusual variant, with the gradiant lavender-blue to yellow-cream background.

Title: Columbine

Tile: Ceramic

Single Tile: 4.25 inches and 6 inches

Availability: Columbine can be shipped fairly quickly, usually within a week to ten days.

William Morris Columbine, blue and white, ceramic tile

Columbine Tile Pricing

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each

6 inch square tiles: $51 each

Installing and Caring for Your Tile

Laying out your tile beforehand will make installation easier. An information sheet will accompany your final orders. These tiles are fine for household use and can be installed on walls, backsplashes, showers, and fireplace surrounds. You can clean ceramic tiles with any household non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge. Use only unsanded grout when setting your tile. Sanded grout and hard scrubbing with abrasive cleansers can dull the finish by putting very tiny lines. The color will not come off; it is baked in.