The Arts & Crafts Influence on Wall Tile Design

We offer a selection of wall tiles inspired by the arts and crafts and art nouveau movement.

In Britain in the late 19th Century, The Arts and Crafts movement was born out of a response to the damaging effects of industrialisation and how things were made. William Morris, the arts and crafts pioneer, believed that artistic skill should not be confined to 'fine art' but reflected in all objects.

William De Morgan was the most significant ceramics designer of the age, a contemporary of Morris, who worked at Morris & Co. Beginning working on projects that consisted of stained glass and furniture, he eventually became in charge of the tile works. Early tiles were designed by Morris and executed by De Morgan. De Morgan left Morris & Co. to start his own tile works. De Morgan's tiles, Pre-raphaelite ceramics both by date and association, show his and the larger cultural transition from Morris's designs inspired by nature to the more stylised Art Nouveau designs. Art Nouveau became an overnight sensation after an exhibition in Paris in 1895, emphasising floral and plant motifs and stylised curves.

Our wall tiles can be used in a variety of locations in the home. We have many sizes and are especially elegant when used in a fireplace or as bathroom tiles and kitchen tiles. As well as inside the home, our wall tiles can also be used to decorate an entranceway or porch. Inspired by the arts & crafts obsession with nature and floral motifs, our wall tiles reflect their nod to nature.

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