Wednesday, March 08, 2006

We've been to the mountain

and we have seen the light!

Actually, we went to the Motawi tile factory in Ann Arbor.

All together now, "we're not worthy!" and again, "we're not worthy!"

Their tile is so beautiful and much more amazing in person. In case you don't know, we put a few of their tiles in our kitchen as accent tile.

Here's a close up of one of the tiles we used. Each one of these 6"x 6" tiles was around $35.00...

but in the back of the store, there is the factory and also a room with much coveted over runs. The over runs are about half price.

We picked up one more like this one to use for the 2nd floor kitchen rental unit. How many rentals have this kind of detail- not many that I've seen. Now if we can just find some nice appreciate folks to move in!

...just imagine doing a whole fireplace. wow.

Here are some shots of the inside of the store/factory. They sell framed tiles with quarter sawn oak frames. I took part of my tax refund and bought one. I just couldn't not.

We were visiting Steve's family in Ann Arbor and made time for a a little excursion. We also found a cool store that sells Edward Curtis photos but these were a bit pricey for us at this point.

Here's another shot of the store...

I bought a Motawi T-shirt. What can I say? I'm a Motawi groupie.

Now all together again, "ahh .....Motawi...."

This is a must visit for arts and crafts lovers anywhere near Ann Arbor.
Handmade beea-utiful tile!


Anonymous said...

I would love to go on that tour (but I live in the wrong country - maybe someday, though).
The Motawi tiles are gorgeous, and my husband and I bought two of the Dard Hunter Rose tiles by mail order to use as accents on our fireplace. Fiercely expensive, but totally worth it.

Greg said...

Boy what a treat. It is so nice to see that real quality has not been completely lost in this world.

StuccoHouse said...

Ohhhhh, I adore Edward Curtis. I have a very cool book of his photos called "Chiefs & Warriers." Very nice tiles....I love how you used them as an accent in your kitchen.

Anonymous said...

If you like these tiles, you will like The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, 130 Swamp Rd., Doylestown, PA 18901, (215) 345-6722. They are the only surviving arts and cratfs tile manufacturer/factory. They make all there tiles by hand. It is wonderful.

K said...

Oooh, that sounds fun!

allison said...

Wow. What a great tile shop—I love the idea of going to the back room to scout through all the overruns. We did something similar when trying to make a coffee table. We found a marble shop that had lots of “mistakes” and overruns. Someone has made the wrong size cut for a marble vanity top, so they cut out the rectangular section for us, finished off the edges and we now have it as a table top. Of course we had to search all over for fun pedestals to go under it, but that’s another story. Home Improvement Ideas Blog

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