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The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough? ~William Morris
Center tile: Tiggy colors on indigo
Strawberry Thief was designed by William Morris after watching thrushes stealing strawberries from the garden at Kelmscott.
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.
I have several variations offered, but the foregrounds and backgrounds are interchangeable. Background colors can be changed relatively easily. Custom colors are available.
How to communicate the color pattern you are interested in? I've named the foreground variations after memorable cats I have known:
Tiggy Stardust on cobalt.
Sandman on cream. Cream is a warm off-white that makes the blue pop in Sandman.
Enzo on white.
Not-my-cat on indigo.
Squint on white.
Enzo on Rooster Comb Red.
Zephyr on cream.
Goose on Forest.
Jazzmin on white.
Motley on sky.
Trixie on white. Trixie is more of a blue-gray than the strong Victorian blue of Sandman.
Rags on wine.
Carter on cream.
Neo on Jet.
Poppy on cream.
Ozzy on slate.
Toes on white.
Nigel (Black silhouette on White).
Frito on White.
Available background colors are: White, Pale Cream, Forest, Indigo, Rooster Comb Red, Victorian Blue, Slate Gray, Wine, Brick, Sky, and Jet.
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.
You might also like Brother Rabbit border tiles.
Strawberry Thief Shower, Bethesda, Maryland
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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