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Victorian, Medieval, Arts & Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite Tile

Art made by the people for the people, as a joy to the maker and the user... ~William Morris

Tile in the William Morris and De Morgan Tradition

William Morris 'The Forest' tile backsplash

Victorian Tile in the tradition of Arts & Crafts, also known as the decorative wing of the Pre-Raphaelite movement

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30 March 2020

William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement

William Morris Birthday Cakes

"Hope" is the thing with feathers...
~Emily Dickinson

This is not the spring we imagined, is it? Still, the days are beautiful and there is hope, as well as loss and fear. Here is what I know:

Hope is the thing with feathers...

How can I help when I don't know the needs or even the problem? But hope is the thing with feathers so until further notice, all birds are 40% off. Please pay it forward when you can.

This month:

Art is a wound turned into light. ~Georges Braque

What's New?

Current Announcements

Current Featured Tile

First time here? How this Site is Organized

Newest Customer Installations

Latest Tiles

Visual Galleries

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Abandon hopelessness, all ye who enter here...
~G.K. Chesterton

Kelmscott Manor was Morris's favorite home. The Greem Room fireplace tiles were chosen by Jane Morris while William was in iceland and Rossetti was staying at Kelmscott Manor. The Green Room fireplace tiles were designed by William Morris and made for Morris & Co. by William De Morgan.

Kelmscott Manor, Green Room Fireplace

The featured tile changes roughly once a week.

Featured tiles ship free in the U.S. See How to Order Tile.

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Announcements

Membland border tiles, 6x6

Membland is a William Morris - William De Morgan collaboration. Six panels of an unknown number that tiled a bath at Membland Hall remain. Single tiles, backsplashes, fireplace panels, and a full-size, 66-tile panel are available. Membland single tiles have recently come down in price.

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Coming Attractions

Reading a crystal ball

Like Alice, I've gone down a bit of a rabbit hole, starting with Morris's interest in the medieval, which I understood at first as the restoration of kraft values in workmanship. Clearly, though, it was more than that -- Arthurian themes abound in the decor at Red House, and the house itself is build along the path that Chaucher's pilgrims would have traveled. What was the fascination? I grew increasingly interested in medieval gardens, bestiaries, maps, medicinals, and the whole of the medieval worldview.

Morris, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and friends painted the Oxford Union with Arthurian themes as well, and then the Queen's College Overmantel at Cambridge, whose Labors of the Months. Zodiacal signs by Philip Webb were added in the version sold by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. This was not surprising because the zodiacal world view is a not infrequent medieval theme, perhaps best known in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry Labors.

Meanwhile, I began reading the letters of the Morris, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, and De Morgan. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a mutual friend of Morris and De Morgan, and arguably the key character holding the second-wave of Pre-Raphaelites together, was open about his participation in sés. His biographer and brother, Michael Rossetti, says St. Agnes of Intercession is essentially about metempsychosis (reincarnation) and finding and losing love across time. Further well-known luminaries of the time John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Walter Pater wrote openly believed in reincarnation would have been well-known to Rossetti and Morris's circle. The De Morgans, and his parents, even published books on the subject.

Edward Burne-Jones had given up his career plans to join the clery and mentions in a letter to Mary Gladstone Drew, October 1880, a medieval memory that left him wondering how often one has lived before and forgotten it all. And even more than the disparity between scientific backdrop of Victorian England and religion.

How did these God-fearing Victorians reconcile these concerns? Perhaps they didn't. Next thing I knew, I was reading William Lilly's (1647) Christian Astrology (Spoiler: Medieval astrology addresses itself more toward the nature of the body politic than the sometimes character-based subject often eschewed today.) So... welcome to the spheres. I plan to begin releasing some new tiles based on De Sphaera later in the month.

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Recent

Baths (one new)

Kitchens (two new)

Fireplaces (one new)

Stairs and Accents (one new)

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Galleries

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris

The galleries are visual gateways to tiles in the general area mentioned. Options such as size, color, and other variations are shown on the individual product pages.

William Morris Tiles from Textiles

Morris & Co. Tiles

Victorian Blue and White Tiles

William De Morgan Tiles

De Morgan Tile Borders and Backsplashes

William Morris Red House and Early Tiles

Medieval Maps and Bestiary Tiles

Medieval Book of Hours and Herbals

Victorian Tiles (reworking)

Scottish, Glasgow Arts & Crafts, Jessie M. King, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Fairy Tales and Victorian Nursery

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Waterhouse, Circe

Newest Tiles

These are the most recent tiles, in reverse order. I add new tile designs less frequently during tile season.

William Morris Tiles from Textiles:

Strawberry Thief Backsplash and Border Tiles

Thistle (attributed to Dearle, but probably Kate Faulkner)

Tiles from Textiles Gallery

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William De Morgan:

Fish Companion Tiles

De Morgan Tiles Gallery

De Morgan Borders and Backsplashes

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Medieval:

Ongoing additions to the bestiary:

new bestiary tiles

Brought back Limited Edition murals to Tres Riches Heures Labors of the Months tile set (12 months, 6 tiles).

Medieval Tile Listing

Victorian Medieval:

Monoceros Star Map backsplash. Beware of unicorns in the sky.

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Victorian and Arts & Crafts Botanicals

Northwest Ferns

Botanicals: Ladies Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals

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Pre-Raphaelite Arts & Crafts:

Edward Burne-Jones, Doorkeeper

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Art Nouveau:

Art Nouveau Water Lily and Lotus

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 'Four Queens'

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Walter Crane, Flora's Train flower tiles

Walter Crane Flower Tiles

Other Tiles I Hope to Work on Soon

But really, it's getting away from me....

Victoriana

I've started work on nests, kitchen herbs, and possibly fish. Kitchen herbs are probably more important but I am enjoying the nests. Meanwhile, do see the Ladies' Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals

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And Someday....

If these seem like a good idea, encourage me.

Victorian tea room tiles.

Accent tiles to accompany the Monoceros Star Map backsplash.

Medieval Story Tiles

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I say to you that earth and heaven are not two but one; and this one is that which ye know,
and are each one of you a part of.... unless ye slay it.
~William Morris, A Dream of John Ball