Believing the architect should create total environments, Frank Lloyd Wright's designs included
art glass windows, furniture, and lighting. This tile is adapted from Wright's art glass
design in one of three vestibule ceiling light fixtures in the Frank Thomas House. Build in
Oak Park, Illinois, in 1901, the Thomas House holds some of Wright's most intricate leaded
Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by
hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Embrace variation and handmade beauty: Motawi's
time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
Actual Tile Size: Approximately 5 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.