What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Decorative Tiles Make Me Tingly


©Golem (Not an illustration from 7th grade health class.)

Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mission, prairie, craftsman, arts & crafts, these are the design schools that make my heart go pitter-pat, and decorative relief tile is one of my most favorite expressions of these styles.

Very often, the subject of these designs is nature, and I have long thought that even though they employ varying degrees of abstraction, their depictions of flora and fauna are some of the most evocative of any era.  It was all designed to be very accessible and relatable. Really, the Art Nouveau movement in Paris was the first time art – in the form of advertising (and also the new Metro) – was created for the benefit of everyone, not just for the wealthy and privileged. Paris-based Czech painter Alphonse Mucha was credited with giving the movement its first real start. After a series of very successful advertising posters for Sarah Bernhardt, he published the style guide which later informed much of the movement, called the Documents Décoratifs.

Since I spend a lot of time thinking about tile (not a joke), I thought in addition to these beautiful examples of relief tiles, I’d also share some of the better sources for reproduction tiles. The first is my favorite, wherein I’ve spent countless hours (and dollars). The rest are in no particular order.

Villa Lagoon Tile
Sublime Tiles
Golem (wins the award for best name!)
Campbell Tileworks
Carreaux du Nord
Snow Hill Tileworks
Derby Pottery & Tile
Motawi Tile  (If you like Motawi, you can buy many of their tiles on clearance on


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Decorative Tiles Make Me Tingly

  1. Very beautiful. I have vague plans to actually decorate the home I’ve lived in for 14 years now. I would love to use some of these.


  2. These are beautiful, I love the designs. Inspires me to create more textile designs with this color-blocking look for my scarves!


  3. Maybe I can send you some photos. Or you could come visit and give me in-person advice. After it cools off.


  4. Tingleworthy, indeed. Elk, swans, and glorious blooms. I’m thinking any of these tiles could make a lovely gift, imagining one propped on a little easel on a desk or side table or used as a paperweight. Loved this post!


  5. Though not art deco, we made our tiles into trivet/hot plates using self-stick felt. You can use cork or rubber feet also.


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  7. Gorgeous! I love Art Nouveau and Art Deco!


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