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William De Morgan Persian Tiles

Iznik Empress Fan Tiles, Borders and Backsplash

William De Morgan Leighton House empress border tile

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 Ode

Iznik 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.


Iznik Fan Tiles and Borders

Accent Tiles

William De Morgan empress tile, Persian colors

The Iznik Empress Fan accents are only available on six-inch tiles. They are seamless on the horizontal.

Pricing: $66 per tile.


Small Border Tiles

William De Morgan empress border tile, Persian colors

The Iznik Empress Fan border is the only one of the series that does not have elements from other De Morgan designs. Each tile is 8 inches by 6 inches and is seamless on the horizontal.

Pricing: $88 each tile.

Two-Row Border Tiles

William De Morgan Iznik Empress two-row border, set of 6

The Iznik Empress Fan border two-row border consists of six tiles. Tiles are 4.25 x 4.25 inches square, or 6 x 6 inches square.

Pricing: $635 set of 6 tiles.


De Morgan test glazes

De Morgan test glazes, showing his 'Persian' Color Palette


Empress Fan Backsplashes

Backsplash Tiles

24 tile backsplash.

William De Morgan Iznik Empress 18 tile backsplash, Persian colors

The 24-tile Iznik Empress backsplash is available on 4.25 or 6 inch tiles. It can be extended on the horizontal to fit your space.

Pricing: 24-tile backsplash, $2740

36-tile backsplash

William De Morgan empress backsplash, Persian colors

The 36-tile Iznik Empress backsplash will work for most kitchens. It can be stacked for increased height, or you can add columns in sets of two for increased width. It is available on both 4.25 and 6 inch ceramic tiles.

Pricing: 36-tile backsplash: $4210.



William De Morgan empress backsplash tiles, close up

William De Morgan empress backsplash tiles, close up


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