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In the 1870s-80s, Morris, Rossetti, and De Morgan became interested in what they called 'Persian' tiles. These were actually Iznik or Damascus tiles from Syria. De Morgan based his Persian color pallette on thee tiles and many of his Fulham tiles, such as those made for 'The Arabia' used these colors. De Morgan was commissions by Victorian Artist and president of the Royal Acadamy, Frederic Lord Leighton, to reproduce tiles from Leighton's collection of Islamic tiles, many from Damascus dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, as many of the original Iznik tiles were missing or broken in shipping from the middle east.
Those stars, that glide behind them or between,
Now sparkling, now bedimmed, but always seen:
Yon crescent Moon, as fixed as if it grew
In its own cloudless, starless lake of blue
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Dejections: An OdeIznik Empress Fan Tiles
Disclaimer: I have based these tiles on similar tiles at the V&A and De Morgan Foundations; Only the border tiles, however, are true reproduction tiles. The accent and backsplash incorporate De Morgan elements from other tiles: The moons and comets are taken from other De Morgan tiles so if you are De Morgan aficionado searching for true reproductions, you should stay with the border tile. The available formats are listed below.
The Iznik Empress Fan accents are only available on six-inch tiles. They are seamless on the horizontal.Pricing: $66 per tile.
The Iznik Empress Fan border is the only one of the series that does not have elements from other De Morgan designs. It is 8 inches by 6 inches and is seamless on the horizontal.Pricing: $88 each tile.
The Iznik Empress Fan four-square consists of four 6- or 4.25-inch tiles. They also are seamless on the horizontal.
Pricing: Four tiles: $312 each (first set, $268 each additional set)
De Morgan test glazes, showing his 'Persian' Color Palette
The 24-tile Iznik Empress backsplash is 17 x 25.5 on 4.25 inches tiles, and 24 x 30 on 6 inch tiles. It can be extended on the horizontal to fit your space.
The 42-tile Iznik Empress backsplash is a modified version that allows you to stack the backsplash for increased height.
Pricing: 24-tile backsplash: $2120. 42-tile backsplash: $3710.