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Original design by Motawi, based on the work of Prairie School architects.

Beautiful Tiles

by Arts and Crafts Editor on June 11, 2012

in Art + Craft

ABOVE: Original design by Motawi, based on the work of Prairie School architects.

From an interpretive design for a fireplace to practical floor tiles in period designs, here’s a look at tile made by today’s artisans in the Arts & Crafts tradition.

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La Tene Tile

La Tene Tile

SCOTTISH KNOTS Pictish Knot is an interpretation of designs found on Iron Age Scottish artifacts. Made from metallic powders and nontoxic sculptural medium, the 4″ by 12″ metallic tiles cut and install like any tile, but can also acquire patina. They wholesale for $30. For a dealer, contact La Tene Tile, (360) 756-6506,latenetile.com


Heritage Tile

Heritage Tile


TILES FOR A WRIGHT HOTEL Classic hex tiles from the Subway Ceramics collection were chosen for the 27 guest rooms in the newly restored Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. The 1 1/2″ glazed porcelain hex mosaics come in white and black. They’re $14.60 per square foot. From Heritage Tile, (888) 387-3280, heritagetile.com


Motawi Tileworks

Motawi Tileworks

ARTS & CRAFTS ARCH The Halsted is an original Motawi design based on the work of Louis Sullivan, George Elmslie, and Gary Purcell. The 4″ x 6″ tile in high-fired green glaze comes in a curved version to make a 40″ fireplace arch. Contact Motawi Tileworks, (734) 213-0017, motawi.com


Andersen Ceramics

Andersen Ceramics

FLORAL RELIEF Brimming with classical details, this decorative bas relief floral tile centerpiece is a product of good design. Shown is French flower motif with plain frame liners in their warm taupe glaze. This installation measures 18″ by 40″. From Andersen Ceramics, (512) 921-4771, andersenceramics.com


American Restoration Tile

American Restoration Tile

GREEK KEY AND DAISY The Classic 1″ hex tile lends itself to unlimited period patterns and borders, like daisy with a Greek key border. Many more colors are available, as are such period shapes as penny round, basketweave, and herringbone. For a custom quote for your project, contact American Restoration Tile, (501) 455-1000, restorationtile.com


Pratt & Larson

Pratt & Larson

SHAPES OF COLOR In hand-painted greens and yellows studded with botanical decos and 1″ blue dots, this backsplash resembles a leaded glass window. Field tiles are $25 to $35 per square foot. Decos are $10.50 to $33 each. Contact Pratt & Larson Ceramics, (503) 231-9464, prattandlarson.com


Pasadena Craftsman Tile

Pasadena Craftsman Tile

CHERRY TREE FOUNTAIN Cha-Rie Tang casts custom-carved tiles in Batchelder and other period-inspired styles for fountains and fireplaces. This commission for the Robinson House is based on a sketch by Charles Greene. Prices for custom fireplaces begin at $4,300. From Pasadena Craftsman Tile, (626) 793-8387, pasadenacraftsmantile.com


Designs In Tile

Designs In Tile

DE MORGAN FLOWERS Based on William De Morgan’s Persian Revival designs, this custom mural features hand-decorated and –fired tiles of carnations and tulips. The central panel measures 18″ x 18″ without borders. To create your own custom work of art, contact Designs In Tile, (530) 926-2629, designsintile.com

Moore-Merkowitz Tile, Ltd.

Moore-Merkowitz Tile, Ltd.

NICHE IN TILE Frame a shower niche in hand-carved, terra-cotta tile with decorative tiles from the Chateau series. The dominant border tile is 4″ x 4″ Ponce, with Villandry accents in the corners. Trim tile includes Chevron border and Cable quarter round. From Moore-Merkowitz Tile, Ltd. (607) 587-9052, mooremerkowitztile.com

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1 XIOMARA M. SANTOS June 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi There!!!
I have a fireplace in my lower level which has absolutely no personality, it is just a hole in the middle of the wall, which has been placed on the extreme right side of the wall. I would love to give it some character but do not want to spend a million dollars on very expensive tiles. Can you please give me some ideas???? HELP!!!

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