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I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head. ~William Morris
The first Morris tiles were produced for Red House, the home he built along the path the Canterbury Pilgrims would have walked. Morris hand-painted them himself. When, after an evening of wine and conversation, they decided to form Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., tiles were offered along with stained glass, home furnishings, and textiles. After a few years, William De Morgan joined the firm. A renowed ceramic artist to this day, he was first in charge of 'The Firm's' stained glass production but took a strong interest in ceramics and ultimately took over the production of ceramics. Eventually, he started his own pottery firm, providing tiles to Morris & Co. and eventually to others as well as commissions such as Leighton House and P&O shipping.
On their own pages:
Shown: Membland Tile panel, a Morris-De Morgan collaboration.
Not all tiles and colors of every pattern are shown here. Follow the links to the product pages to see colors and variations. (The individual catalogs are new so you'll see some changes in format while I polish them to consolidate images for faster loading and add some short descriptions)
Membland is available in accent tiles, border, large and small backsplashes, fireplace panels, stair risers (as accent tiles or border tiles), and the full mural.
Membland formats and colors
William Morris Poppy Tiles
Poppies are available in Salmon Pink, Golden Yellow, Welsh Blue, Tangerine
William Morris Poppy tile variations
Ariadne and Phyllida, The Legend of Good Wimmen
Ariadne and Phyllida are from The Legend of Good Wimmen tiles, but were not part of the original set. In The Romaunt of the Rose, Chaucer makes many disparaging remarks. In the Prologue to The Legend of Good Wimmen, the God of Love appears to Chaucer in a dream dressed in the colors of the daisy take him to task for his irreverence. Good Wimmen is his redemption.
Then said Love, "It was a great negligence to write about the lack of steadfastness of women, since you know their goodness by experience and by old stories as well. Set aside the chaff, and write well of the corn. Why would you not write of Alceste, and leave Criseyde sleeping in peace? For your writing should be of Alceste, since you know that she is a model of goodness; for she taught noble love, and especially how a wife ought to live, and all the bounds that she should keep. Your little wit was sleeping that time. But now I charge you on your life that in your Legend you write of this woman, after you have written of other lesser ones. And now farewell, I charge you no more. (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Legend of Good Wimmen, Prologue)
Labors of the Months, March through June
The Labors of the Months tiles are based on tiles produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. (Morris & Co.'s predecessor) in the 1860s-1870s. They in turn were based on earlier tiles made for the Queens' College Overmantel at Cambridge.
More about: Labors of the MOnths
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