Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest architects of
the 20th century.
In 1927, Wright designed a series of 12 monthly covers for Liberty magazine based on seasonal
themes. Unfortunately, the publishers judged them as too radical for the time. The magazine
returned Wright’s presentation drawings, which became the basis for later interpretations executed
in diverse media. Each cover design exemplifies Wright’s practice of using the tools of his
trade —T-square, triangle and compass — to create lively geometric designs.
Nearly a century later, Motawi celebrates this study in geometry, asymmetry and color with its
8x8 ceramic art tile rendering of Wright’s May Basket design, which features the abstraction of a
basket overflowing with grapes and other fruit in springtime.
Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by
hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We embrace variation and handmade beauty: Our
time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
Actual Tile Size: Approximately 7 7/8” x 7 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand,
dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".
Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.
Motawi Tileworks: Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school graduate with a restless spirit and an interest in applied arts, Nawal moved to Detroit to learn tilemaking at Detroit’s storied Pewabic Pottery. She returned to Ann Arbor after a few years and began making her own tiles in a garage studio and selling them from a stand she rented at the local farmers’ market.
Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. Her company utilizes Toyota-Style Production and practices an intentional workplace culture.
Recently, Motawi tiles have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Dwell Magazine.
Why Motawi Tile? Motawi polychrome tiles are striking individual art pieces as much as functional tile installation accents. These tiles will give you serious cred in gift-giving circles. Each one is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
At Motawi Tileworks they embrace variation and handmade beauty. The bold heft of each Motawi tile reveals serious craftsmanship. Time-honored hand-glazing methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.