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MOTAWI

Handcrafted Tile | Ceramic Art Pieces

Motawi Tileworks is a ceramics studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that makes handcrafted ceramic art tiles.  Nawal Motawi, owner and artistic director of The Tileworks, graduated from the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design and made tile in her garage before founding the company in 1992. Over time, Nawal built the business through extensive reading and lots of trial and error!

Motawi Tileworks has a staff of 40+ now and has received numerous awards for the progressive practices that has helped them grow and thrive such as the Toyota Business Practices and lean manufacturing.

  • trees ceramic decorative tile
    pine landscape ceramic decorative tile
    from $ 66.00
    Motawi

    Pine Landscape | Assorted Sizes

    Pine Landscape series is adapted from Grueby Faience designer Addison LeBoutillier's tile "Pines."  Actual Tile Size: Approximately 7 7/8” x 7 ...

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    from $ 66.00
  • ceramic decorative owl tile
    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Owlet 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • squirrel ceramic decorative tile
    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Squirrel 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • woodpecker ceramic tile
    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Woodpecker 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • floral ceramic decorative tile
    floral ceramic decorative tile
    $ 56.00
    Motawi

    Peony Bloom 4x4 Tile

    One of Nawal Motawi's favorite flowers, the peony is a recurring source of inspiration at Motawi Tileworks. Actual tile size: 3-13/16" square ...

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    $ 56.00
  • butterfly ceramic tile
    $ 58.00
    Motawi

    Butterfly 4x4 Turquoise

    It all started with a Dragonfly tile for Motawi and they loved it so much that other small insects and animals were added to the line, including ...

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    $ 58.00
  • ceramic decorative dragonfly tile
    ceramic decorative dragonfly tile
    $ 54.00
    Motawi

    Dragonfly 4x4 Tile

    Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don't you know." - Nina Simone "Feeling Good" Something about a dragonfly makes us feel like lazy ...

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    $ 54.00
  • butterfly ceramic decorative tile
    butterfly ceramic decorative tile
    $ 100.00
    Motawi

    Monarch 4x8

    Nawal Motawi, founder and principal designer at Motawi Tileworks, has always been enchanted with butterflies.  Actual tile size: 3-13/16" x 7-13/1...

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    $ 100.00
  • bee ceramic tile
    $ 54.00
    Motawi

    Bee 4x4 Tile

    It all started with a Dragonfly tile for Motawi and they loved it so much that other small insects and animals were added to the line, including ...

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    $ 54.00
  • ceramic decorative peony tile
    peony ceramic decorative tile
    $ 90.00
    Motawi

    Peony 4x8 Tile

    There is an amazing peony garden in Ann Arbor. Each spring, over 270 varieties of the fragrant flower burst into nearly 10,000 blooms. Actual ...

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    $ 90.00
  • floral ceramic decorative tile
    floral ceramic decorative tile
    $ 52.00
    Motawi

    Freesia 4x4 Indigo Tile

    A gorgeous Arts & Crafts floral motif to add to your Motawi collection! Actual tile size: 3-13/16" square Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a no...

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    $ 52.00
  • ceramic decorative owl tile
    $ 50.00
    Motawi

    Owl 4x4 Tile

    This tile is inspired by a Great Horned Owl.  Actual tile size: 3-13/16" square Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.

    $ 50.00
  • ceramic decorative tile
    $ 110.00
    Motawi

    Spring Chickadee 6x6 Tile

    Artist Yoshiko Yamamoto is a self-taught block printmaker who strives always to fuse Japanese design sensibility with fine craftsmanship. Sever...

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    $ 110.00
  • tree ceramic decorative tile
    $ 142.00
    Motawi

    California Oak 6x8 Tile

    Artist Yoshiko Yamamoto is a self-taught block printmaker who strives always to fuse Japanese design sensibility with fine craftsmanship. Several ...

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    $ 142.00
  • ceramic decorative frog tile
    $ 54.00
    Motawi

    Frog 4x4 Light Blue

    It all started with a Dragonfly tile for Motawi and they loved it so much that other small insects and animals were added to the line, including ...

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    $ 54.00
  • fish ceramic tile
    fish ceramic tile
    $ 180.00
    Motawi

    Koi Pond 6x8

    Our graceful Koi Pond tile is a scaled adaptation of a larger mural originally designed for the Grand Rapids [Michigan] Art Prize competition. Th...

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    $ 180.00
  • swean ceramic decorative tile
    $ 148.00
    Motawi

    Trumpeter Swan 6x8

    Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this serene scene by Charley Harper. Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Eac...

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    $ 148.00
  • $ 100.00
    Motawi

    Starry Flowers 4x8 Tile

    Illustrator Cary Phillips is the artist of this vibrant floral design. Phillips' work has been used in children's books, for greeting cards, and ...

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    $ 100.00
  • rabbit ceramic decorative tile
    $ 58.00
    Motawi

    Hare 4x4 Light Blue

    "A bunny rabbit riding prim and proper atop of a box turtle." - Charley Harper (From Charley Harper's lithograph "Box Seat") Mid-century modern m...

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    $ 58.00
  • cat ceramic decorative tile
    $ 120.00
    Motawi

    Catnip 6x6 Tile

    "The hovering ruby-throated hummingbird nips nectar from a morning glory, enjoying a breakfast beverage, a motionless in-flight meal, the power o...

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    $ 120.00
  • rose ceramic tile
    rose ceramic tile
    $ 92.00
    Motawi

    Long Stem 4x8 Tile

    The Long Stem is adapted from the same Talwin Morris book jacket design as the Songbirds. It plays a supporting role in the 8x8 Songbird design. ...

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    $ 92.00
  • butterfly ceramic decorative tile
    butterfly ceramic tile
    $ 94.00
    Motawi

    Swallowtail Tile 4x8

    These tiles are hand crafted in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  French artist E.A. Seguy's work was very influential throughout the Art Nouveau and Art Deco...

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    $ 94.00
  • Bird ceramic tile
    Bird ceramic tile
    $ 142.00
    Motawi

    Beach Birds 6x8

    6x8 Beach Birds is from “Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom: A Portfolio of Prints” (originally titled “Strollin’ and Patrollin’”). We love the arti...

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    $ 142.00
  • bird motawi tile
    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Grosbeak 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • bird decorative ceramic tile
    $ 195.00
    Motawi

    Birch Bark & Birds 8x8

    Originally painted in 2005, Birch Bark & Birds shows three nuthatches playing amongst birch trees, a common setting for many of Charley Harpe...

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    $ 195.00
  • ceramic decorative petunia tile
    penunia ceramic decorative tile
    from $ 48.00
    Motawi

    Petunia 4x4 Tile

    A gorgeous Arts & Crafts floral motif to add to your Motawi collection! Actual Tile Size: Approximately 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”. As each Motawi tile...

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    from $ 48.00
  • red Dahlia wall tile
    Dahlia wall tile
    $ 136.00
    Motawi

    Dahlia 6x8

    Dahlia, a mesmerizing floral is Motawi’s take on take on a Gustav Marisch postcard published by the Wiener Werkstätte circa 1912.s. Motawi t...

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    $ 136.00
  • Flower ceramic Tile
    Flower Tile
    $ 50.00
    Motawi

    A Charming Bouquet 4x4 Tile

    Celebrate the joys of gardening with the 4x4 Charming Bouquet.  This design is based on a Victorian tile and recalls the words of renowned Victor...

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    $ 50.00
  • balloon motawi tile
    $ 235.00
    Motawi

    March Balloons 8x8

    n 1927, Wright designed a series of twelve seasonally themed monthly covers for Liberty magazine. The magazine deemed the covers too avant-garde...

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    $ 235.00
  • flower motawi tile
    Lily motawi tile
    $ 83.00
    Motawi

    Persian Lily 4x8 Tile

    The crown imperial flower, also known as the Persian lily, grows in our gallery garden. In addition to that environmental inspiration, this 4x8 ...

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    $ 83.00
  • mouse motawi tile
    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Mouse 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • Red rose ceramic tile
    $ 68.00
    Motawi

    Kolo Rose 4x8 Red

    4x8 Kolo Rose is named for Wiener Werkstätte co-founder Koloman Moser, who designed the rose signet in 1903. Moser’s rose became a recognizable ...

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    $ 68.00
  • panda ceramic decorative tile
    panda ceramic decorative tile
    $ 148.00
    Motawi

    Panda Panda 6x8

    6x8 Panda Panda is based on a T-shirt design (and later a print) by Charley Harper. This sweet homage to panda parenthood is part of our extensi...

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    $ 148.00
  • bird ceramic decorative tile
    $ 114.00
    Motawi

    Upside Downside 6x6

    "A bird in the hand is worth two... ." Our best-selling Charley Harper tile. "Upside Downside" is taken from the lithograph of the same name. Mo...

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    $ 114.00
  • $ 102.00
    Motawi

    Sunflower 4x8 Tile

    English artist William DeMorgan created tiles that were dust-pressed flats, the designs looking like charcoal sketches overlain with watercolor p...

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    $ 102.00
  • bird decorative ceramic tile
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    $ 46.00
    Motawi

    Blue Jay 3x3

    The Charley Harper Minis feature four whimsical wildlife images by artist Charley Harper. Midcentury modern meets Motawi mastery in this charming...

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    $ 46.00
  • Sold out
    $ 92.00
    Motawi

    Songbird 4x8 Tile Grey Blue

    This lyrical Songbird was inspired by a book jacket cover by Talwin Morris, who designed for English publisher Blackie and Sons in the late 19th ...

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    $ 92.00
  • ceramic cat tile
     ceramic cat tile
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    $ 96.00
    Motawi

    Calico Cat 4x8

    This friendly 4x8 feline is based on Charley Harper’s stylized midcentury design. Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents....

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    $ 96.00
  • ceramic bird tile
    ceramic decorative bird tile
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    $ 92.00
    Motawi

    Songbird 4x8 Tile Golden

    This lyrical Songbird was inspired by a book jacket cover by Talwin Morris, who designed for English publisher Blackie and Sons in the late 19th ...

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    $ 92.00
  • redwood tree ceramic decorative tile
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    $ 153.00
    Motawi

    Redwood 6x8 Tile

    Artist Yoshiko Yamamoto is a self-taught block printmaker who strives always to fuse Japanese design sensibility with fine craftsmanship. Several...

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    $ 153.00
  • modern ceramic decorative tile
    art deco ceramic decorative tile
    Sold out
    $ 85.00
    Motawi

    Primrose 4x8

    Cheery 4x8 Primrose is based on an art nouveau tile design Nawal Motawi discovered in a book. Nawal experimented with many iterations before arriv...

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    $ 85.00