Los Angeles’ character-filled classic homes are the perfect place to introduce handmade art tiles into the design mix. Motawi Tileworks, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, specializes in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Midcentury Modern aesthetics – in addition to being licensed to produce tile based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. These colorful, hand-glazed tile, are created using the centuries-old Cuenca technique, in which glazes are carefully filled into the basins created by raised lines on the surface of the tile. Imagine a fireplace in a Los Feliz Tudor or Hancock Park Craftsman accented with one of the botanical or animal tile designs below. A Silver Lake Midcentury Modern kitchen with a graphic tile backsplash, or an Angelino Heights Victorian bathroom with a pedestal sink and tile clad walls, simply superb!

handmade art tiles

This bold botanical Arts and Crafts design would look right at home in a Craftsman bungalow or classic Victorian era property. Available in three colorways, blue, red and orange.

Influenced by classic patterns of Midcentury design, the Hourglass tile comes in Citrus, China Blue, Stone and Avocado. Makes the perfect kitchen backsplash border accent.

This striking Great Horned Owl tile would make a Tudor fireplace sing and create a strong focal point in any room. Also known as the Tiger, or Hoot Owl, its presence has a Medieval feel that is undeniably cool.

Stunning relief tile inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Construction System, where decorative blocks of concrete were woven together to create textural facades. Named after the iconic Millard House, aka La Miniatura, one of only five concrete block homes constructed by Wright in Southern California. Customizable in a variety of Motawi glazes.

Art Nouveau handmade art tiles

The beautiful dragonfly, with their double pair of strong, transparent wings, large multifaceted eyes, and ability to hover like a helicopter, there’s a lot to love about these incredible creatures. These handmade art tiles are available in turquoise, green and light blue colorways, including these specimens on a fireplace facade, will keep you dreaming of summertime all year long.

Looking for a Classic Los Angeles home to showcase these amazing designer pieces? Our city is home to many architecturally significant Mid-Century ModernSpanish and Craftsman homes and Luxury Estates. Visit Beyond Shelter for more Designed Living ideas to create your LA story.