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Strawberry Thief

William Morris Strawberry Thief

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The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough? ~William Morris

Center tile: Tiggy colors on indigo

About Strawberry Thief

Strawberry Thief was and is the most popular of all William orris patterns to this day, and for good reason. It makes a friendly kitchen or living area pattern without being kitsch or sentimental. The blue central pattern is closest to the original implementation of Morris's design, but his designs invites other colorways and lighter variations.

Strawberry Thief Colors

I have several variations offered, but the foregrounds and backgrounds are interchangeable. Background colors can be changed relatively easily. Custom colors are available.

Foreground Colorways

How to communicate the color pattern you are interested in? I've named the foreground variations after memorable cats I have known:

Strawberry thief tile, Tiggy Stardust on cobalt

Tiggy Stardust on cobalt.

Strawberry thief tile, Sandman colorway

Sandman on cream. Cream is a warm off-white that makes the blue pop in Sandman.

Strawberry thief tile, Enzo on White

Enzo on white.

Strawberry thief tile, Not-my-cat colorway

Not-my-cat on indigo.

Strawberry thief tile, Squint colorway

Squint on white.

Strawberry thief, Enzo on Red

Enzo on Rooster Comb Red.

Strawberry thief tile, Zephyr colorway

Zephyr on cream.

Strawberry thief tile, Goose colorway

Goose on Forest.

Strawberry thief tile, Jazzmin colorway

Jazzmin on white.

Strawberry thief tile, Motley colorway

Motley on sky.

Strawberry thief tile, Trixie colorway

Trixie on white. Trixie is more of a blue-gray than the strong Victorian blue of Sandman.

Strawberry thief tile, Rags colorway

Rags on wine.

Strawberry thief tile, Carter colorway

Carter on cream.

Strawberry thief tile, Neo colorway

Neo on Jet.

Strawberry thief tile, Poppy colorway

Poppy on cream.

Strawberry thief tile, Ozzy colorway

Ozzy on slate.

Strawberry thief tile, Toes colorway

Toes on white.

Strawberry thief, Nigel, black on white

Nigel (Black silhouette on White).

Strawberry thief tile, Frito colorway

Frito on White.

Background Colorways

Available background colors are: White, Pale Cream, Forest, Indigo, Rooster Comb Red, Victorian Blue, Slate Gray, Wine, Brick, Sky, and Jet.

See the Strawberry Thief background colors

Strawberry Thief Border Tiles

New design for 4.25 inch tiles: Strawberry thief is a dense pattern and in some lighting, may not have enough contrast to highlight the pattern on a small tile. This is not a problem with 6 inch and 8 inch tile. I've created an alternative for 4.25 inch tiles. So far, the only colorways are Sandman on White (blue and white) and Not-My-Cat on indigo. A set of two mirror-image tiles creates a nice border.

Strawberry Thief small border tiles

Blue and White Strawberry Thief border

You might also like Brother Rabbit border tiles.


William Morris Strawberry Thief Shower, Bethesda, Maryland

Strawberry Thief Shower, Bethesda, Maryland


Strawberry Thief Tiles, Squint colorway, 8 inch tiles

Strawberry Thief, Squint on White, 8 inch tiles

Designer: William Morris

Sizes: 4.25 inch 6, or 8 inch tiles

Other Colors: Backgrounds colors can be changed easily.


4.25 inch square tiles: $45

6 inch square tiles: $53

8 inch square tiles: $74

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