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How to Order Sample Tiles and Overruns

Sample tiles are optional, but it is a good idea to purchase sample tiles if you are choosing colors and field tile. Samples, like all my tiles, are handcrafted so it may take a day or two to send out your sample. You can order tile samplers from this page. I've also added quick order links to some pages to allow you to buy a single tile. I'll add more of those.

If you want to compare a few patterns, a sampler can be a better option. A sampler allows you to compare a few tiles. Here are the sample options:

Ceramic Tile Samples

    Large tiles, panels, and mural samples

    Larger tiles (8 x 8, 8 x 6) are too large for quick orders. For these, I'll make you a sample based on a subsection of the tile. The price is the same for both the small and large tile samples, but shipping for the larger tiles is considerably more.

    These links work only for U.S. and Canada. Until I add shipping for other countries, please contact me.

    Tile Samplers. A tile sampler consists of three 4.25 inch tiles. You can specify the patterns you are interested in, or describe what you're looking for and I'll make the sample tiles for you. If it makes sense to scale the tile, I will. If not, as in the case of a large mural, I'll choose an area that stands well on its own. There is a rebate on shipping if you later order a tile in your sampler.

    Tumbled Marble Samples

    You can order a full-size tumbled tile from the product pages. If that option isn't available, Contact me.

    Why Do You Charge for Samples?

    All my tiles are handcrafted by me with blessings for the people they are going to. Consequently, I can't compete with Home Depot or mass-produced tiles on samples. Those folks have thousands of machine-produced tiles on hand and they don't spend a morning every week making and sending samples. People who can be happy with something that looks like a Morris design but don't care about the hand-crafted part won't feel happy at the end of our transaction and neither will I. There are plenty of look-alikes on ebay for sale at prices that are less than my cost of materials.

    Every order, except overruns, is made to order, and every tile is made individually (see why). I don't stock samples because I wake up in the night with ideas and might change something, and then the samples are out of date. Also many people like to adjust their colors slightly, make a blue more cobalt or violet, a red more rose, and so forth.

    Designers often like to keep a stock of sample tiles to show clients. Morris pattern collectors also drive the cost up.

    When you do order your tiles, the cost of one sample tile will be deducted from shipping of your tile order.



    "Overruns" does not mean, as you might think, that I can't count. Well, sometimes it means that. But usually it means that I have tiles that I made in development and I finally decided on a different green or other color. It's also a nice way of saying that someone ordered them, promised to send a check for them, I made them on her promise, she changed her mind, and the check never arrived. Because colors can vary a bit between runs, I'd be hard pressed to match the color exactly and waste more than the original number of tiles doing it. My overruns are not "seconds" (tiles that I'm trying to get rid of); I donate my seconds to local mosaic artists. Overruns are already packaged and ready to ship. Prices include U.S. shipping. If you are outside the states, contact me with your shipping information. I'll send you an invoice.

    Overruns are a fixed commodity in size and color.

    These links work for the U.S. and Canada. Until I add the other shipping zones, please contact me for an invoice.

    William Morris Tulip and Trellis

    William Morris Tulip and Trellis

    Four six-inch tiles: $135, includes U.S. shipping.

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    Tulip and Trellis, 1870

    De Morgan Owls and Sea Horses

    Owls and Sea Horses

    Owls and Sea Horses, development tiles


    More about: William De Morgan

    Yellow Bird and Trellis

    Red House Bird and Trellis

    Eight six-inch tiles

    $310, includes U.S. shipping.

    More about: Bird and Trellis

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    15 De Morgan Fish

    15 fish tiles

    15 six-inch De Morgan Fish


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    Edward Burne-Jones Mermaid

    Edward Burne-Jones Mermaid tile

    One eight-inch tile

    $105, includes U.S. shipping.

    More about: Burne-Jones Mermaid


    De Morgan Sea Horse Panel

    De Morgan Sea Horses

    One panel, three eight-inch tiles

    $465, includes U.S. shipping.

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    De Morgan Winged Sea Horses



tile samplers

Related Pages

where to start

how to order tile


custom and bespoke tiles

about william morris tile

care and installation instructions (ceramic) (pdf)

care and installation instructions (tumbled marble) (pdf)

applications, weights and dimensions



Terms and Conditions

You should not buy overruns if you need to match colors or backgrounds because the color on your monitor won't ever be exact. There are no refunds on custom tiles or overruns. Tiles are extremely well-packed and breakage is rare. I will replace any tiles that arrive damaged or broken.