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William De Morgan Persian Serpent Tile Backsplash

William De Morgan Persian Serpent Tile Panels, probably produced at Merton Abbey. They are representative of De Morgan's Persian color palette: primarily Persian blue (a medium to dark blue), green, strong yellow, a slightly yellow green, with varying shade of mangese purple and Indian red. Available in 4.25 and 6 ceramic from williammorristile.com

The Persian Serpents tile panels are very representative of De Morgan's Persian era. Many tiles from this era are done in what he called a Persian color palette: Persian blue (a medium to dark blue), green, strong yellow, a slightly yellow green, with accents in varying shades of manganese purple, and Indian red.

Snakes were a popular motif in the 19th century, so much so that Prince Albert gave the very first engagement ring to Victoria, a jewelry snake with an emerald-set head. Victorian snakes were the symbol of eternal love. Snakes also represented wisdom and eternity. As one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols, it's no wonder serpents (snakes) remain as popular in jewelry as they did back in ancient Egyptian times. The snake has a dual expression of good and evil, fertility and rebirth, poison and medicine.

Mythically, different civilizations have variation on the theme of duality: the Egyptians saw it represent royalty and deity; in Rabbinical tradition and Hinduism, the snake represents sexual passion and desire (long before Freud); Early Roman culture saw the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. Cleopatra favorited snake motifs to the very end. Early Greek, Nordic, African, and Native Americans also honored the snake or serpent.

Carl Jung on snakes in dreams: What Nature wants us to do is to move with a snake-like motion. . . . The snake is the symbol of the great wisdom of Nature, for the too direct way is not the best way; the crooked way, the detour, is the shorter way.

Application: This is a small backsplash, suitable for kitchens with low cabinets, behind a sink in a bath, or as a decorative border in a shower. Tiles are ceramic and 4.25 inches square.

    Title: William De Morgan : Persian Serpents Backsplash

    Panels: 2 panels of 2 tiles in a vertical panel

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: 4.25 inch square tiles

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

    Availability: Can usually be shipped in about a week.


    Each panel (4 tiles): $355 (two facing panels)

    Also available on tumbled marble (4 inch square): $390