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William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer Tiles

based on illustrations from the Kelmscott Chaucer

Kelmscott Chaucer tiles in cobalt blue and white

These are the first of what I hope will be many tiles from the Kelmscott Press Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Each ceramic tile is 6 x 8 inches.

Astrolabe

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Astrolabe.  Cobalt and white tile.

Manne of Lawe

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Manne of Lawe.  Cobalt and white tile.

Troilus and Criseyde

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Troilus and Criseyde.  Cobalt and white tile.

Romance of the Rose

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile. Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Romance of the Rose.  Cobalt and white tile.

Tile Specifications

Size: 6 inch tiles (15.4 cm) x 8 inches (20.32 cm) tiles

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 15.5 ounces (439 grams) each tile

Pricing

8 x 6 inch tiles: $86 each up to 5 tiles, 6 and over, $81

Prices do not includes discounts (There are some!) or shipping costs. See How to Order Tile.

William Morris Making Borders

I have watched Mr. Morris designing the black and white borders for his books. He would have two saucers, one with India ink, the other of Chinese white. Then, making the slightest indications of the main stems of the pattern he had in mind, with pencil, he would begin at once his finished final ornament by covering a length of ground with one brush and painted the pattern with the other.

If a part did not satisfy him, the other brush covered it up again, and again he set to put in his finished ornament. This procedure opens up another idea of his, that a given piece of work was best done once for all, and that all making of elaborate cartoons, and accurately copying into clear finished drawing, was a mistake. . . .

The actual drawing with the brush was an agreeable sensation to him; the forms were led along and bent over and rounded at the edge with definitive pleasure; they were stroked into place, as it were, with a sensation like that of smoothing a cat. . . thus he kept alive every part of his work by growing the pattern, as I have said, bit by bit, solving the turns and twists as he came to them.

~Architect William Lethaby

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How to Order Kelmscott Chaucer Tiles

Quick Order William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer

You can quick order Kelmscott Chaucer Tiles. If you are ordering many tiles, or a combination of different tile products, see How to Order Tile to take advantage of discounts and better shipping prices.

Order Chaucer Tiles. After you've checked out, choose Return to Website to be redirected to a message page where you can tell me which Chaucer tiles, ask any questions you might have, and tell me about your project. I will send you an email to confirm your order.

The shipping calculator should work for the US and Canada. If it's off, we can settle up when I ship your order. For other countries, contact me so I can send you an invoice.

Keepsake Gift Box

Alternatively, you can order Kelmscott Chaucer on a hardwood gift box. The 8x6 boxes do not have locks and keys.

Kelmscott Chaucer Keepsake Box

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Installation and Caring for Your Tile

These tiles are suitable for interior use on walls, backsplashes, showers, and fireplace surrounds. They won't stand up to being a counter tile. Well, the tile will but the finish probably won't stay nice. If used in a shower or being a sink, you will want to seal it well. Your installer will know about this. I will send you an information sheet when I ship your tile.

Laying out your tile before you start installing will make things go faster and lessen the drama if you want to keep to a pattern. Be sure to use unsanded grout when installing your tile. The tile is tough but sanded grout will put infinitely small scratches in your seal which will make the finish different from what you started with. This isn't as noticeable on tumbled as on ceramic tile, but can happen. You can clean your tiles with any household non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge.