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William Morris Red House and Early Tiles - Tile Catalog and Gallery

Stairs with turrets at William Morris Red House

Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement ~William Morris

Jane Morris and the Evolution of Daisies

Jane Morris Daisy tiles
Red House Daisies

Daisies are a recurring and important theme in William Morris's patterns, having much to do with Chaucer and as a symbol of respect for women (read more). Daisy tiles, wallpaper and many fabrics were inspired by an earlier embroidery done by Jane Morris to decorate Red House. The first daisies were designed by Morris after a pattern shown in Dance of the Wodehouses, a 15th century manuscripts.

More daisy pattern tiles

Fairy Tale Tiles and Swans from 'The Hill'

Edward Burne-Jones fairy tale tiles for 'The Hill'

Edward Burne-Jones Fairy Tale Tiles

Briar Rose was Edward Burne-Jones signature myth, he revisited it in several paintings throughout his life. It appears early on in the Fairy Tale tiles designed for Morris, Marshall and Faulkner (the company that later became Morris and Co.). The Sleeping Beauty tiles consist of 9 two-tile panels, while the Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella series each have 6 horizontal panels, with two flanking panels.

Story Tile Sets

The fairy tale tiles consist of three stories, and the surrounding swan tiles:

Fairy Tale Tiles Overview

Customer Installation photos

Cinderella Fireplace Tiles

Sleeping Beauty Fireplace Tiles

Swan Tiles

Pilgrim's Rest Porch Tiles

William Morris tile - Pilgrim's Rest Porch Tiles
Pilgrim's Rest Porch Tiles, 6 inch tumbled marble

The garden porch was called The Pilgrim's Rest because the location Morris chose for Red House was along the route the pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales would have taken. Si Je Puis ("If I Can") appears on Red House windows designed by Philip Webb. Morris and Burne-Jones would rest on the porch bench and talk while watching the birds in the garden. More about Pilgrim's Rest

Bird and Trellis

Bird and Trellis kitchen

Morris's inspiration for bird and trellis was watching birds dart through the rose trellises that stood in the garden at Red House. I have Bird and Trellis in several colors. Bird and Trellis Border Tiles

Red House 

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morris bird and trellis

morris and burne-jones: pilgrims' rest porch tiles

jane morris daisies

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