Tile to dress up the lounge and make a bungalow way out on the Zambezi feel like Cornwall. Plates from a mid-1880’s catalog from encaustic tile maker Malkin Edge & Company, Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent, England.

“Art-painted tiles for Hearths, Grate Cheeks, etc.” Page 34.
“Art-painted tiles for Hearths, Grate Cheeks, etc.” Page 34. Collection of the Sydney Living Museums/Historic Houses Trust of NSW. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Malkin4810/page/n34
"Mosaic Pavements." Page 31.
“Mosaic Pavements.” Page 31. Collection of the Sydney Living Museums/Historic Houses Trust of NSW. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Malkin4810/page/n30
"Art-painted tiles for Hearths, Grate-Cheeks, etc."
“Art-painted tiles for Hearths, Grate-Cheeks, etc.” Page 32. Collection of the Sydney Living Museums/Historic Houses Trust of NSW. In the public domain. via via https://archive.org/details/Malkin4810/page/n32
"For Walls, dados, etc." Page 45.
“For Walls, dados, etc.” Page 45. Collection of the Sydney Living Museums/Historic Houses Trust of NSW. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Malkin4810/page/n44
"For Hearths, Jambs, Walls, Dados, Flower Boxes, etc."
“For Hearths, Jambs, Walls, Dados, Flower Boxes, etc.” Page 41. Collection of the Sydney Living Museums/Historic Houses Trust of NSW. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Malkin4810/page/n40
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Linoleum designs for the kitchen floor to cheer you up even if you just burned the last batch of chocolate chip cookies. 1937. Catalog of the Pabco Linoleum Company, San Francisco, California.

Page 36.
Page 36. Archives of Pabco Linoleum/Paraffine Companies. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/PabcoLinoleum/page/n37
Challenge rugs. Page 48.
Challenge rugs. Page 48. Archives of Pabco Linoleum/Paraffine Companies. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/PabcoLinoleum/page/n49
Challenge rugs. Page 52.
Challenge rugs. Page 52. Archives of Pabco Linoleum/Paraffine Companies. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/PabcoLinoleum/page/n53
Pabco warranty yard goods. Page 38.
Pabco warranty yard goods. Page 38. Archives of Pabco Linoleum/Paraffine Companies. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/PabcoLinoleum/page/n39

Green for the conservatory and red for the hall. But why stop there when you could do your entire house. Plates from a Minton Tile/Minton Hollis and Company sales catalog. 1907.

Designs for ceramic mosaic pavements suitable for entrances, halls, vestibules, etc. Page 74. Plate 83.
Designs for ceramic mosaic pavements suitable for entrances, halls, vestibules, etc. Page 74. Plate 83. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n73
Design of wall tiling with antique enamels, with hand-raised decoration. Suitable for public buildings, banks, hotels, restaurants, offices, etc. Page 48. Plate 76.
Design of wall tiling with antique enamels, with hand-raised decoration. Suitable for public buildings, banks, hotels, restaurants, offices, etc. Page 48. Plate 76. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n47
Hand-raised outline friezes. Suitable for hearths, grate cheeks, furniture and wall tiling. Page 60. Plate 82.
Hand-raised outline friezes. Suitable for hearths, grate cheeks, furniture and wall tiling. Page 60. Plate 82. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cc0 License 1.0. via Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n59
Ecclesiastical tiling. Page 68. Plate 86.
Ecclesiastical tiling. Page 68. Plate 86. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n67

Samples of wallpaper showing available colorways designed by C. F. A. Voysey for Essex and Company who were the manufacturers in 1893. A leading light of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Voysey also designed houses which no doubt used only his designs.

Pattern #1.
Pattern #1. Woodblock. Image © Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, Australia. Fair use license. via http://museum.collection.hht.net.au/search.do?view=detail&page=1&id=410&db=object
Pattern #1 in five colorways.
Pattern #1 in five colorways. Woodblock. Image © Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, Australia. Fair use license. via http://museum.collection.hht.net.au/search.do?view=detail&page=1&id=410&db=object.
Pattern #2.
Pattern #2. Woodblock. Image © Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, Australia. Fair use license. via http://museum.collection.hht.net.au/search.do?view=detail&page=1&id=410&db=object.
Pattern #2 in five colorways.
Pattern #2 in five colorways. Woodblock. Image © Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, Australia. Fair use license. via http://museum.collection.hht.net.au/search.do?view=detail&page=1&id=410&db=object.
Pattern #3.
Pattern #3. Woodblock. Image © Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, Australia. Fair use license. via http://museum.collection.hht.net.au/search.do?view=detail&page=1&id=410&db=object.

Floors that sing spring or the last gasp of summer depending on where you are. Making little girls want to twirl their skirts once if not twice.Fabulous plates from a 1907 Minton Tile/Minton Hollis and Company catalog.

"Ceramic mosaic pavements." Plate 83. Page 75.
“Ceramic mosaic pavements.” Plate 83. Page 75. Savage Lithography, Burslem, England, lithographers. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n75
"Tiles for Flower Boxes." Plate 74. Page 46.
“Tiles for Flower Boxes.” Plate 74. Page 46. Savage Lithography, Burslem, England, lithographers. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In the public domain. Via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n45
"Suggestions for dado tiling." Plate 77. Page 51.
“Suggestions for dado tiling.” Plate 77. Page 51. Savage Lithography, Burslem, England, lithographers. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In the public domain. Via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n51
"Tile paving at Saint Alban's Abbey, done by Minton Hollis & Company for Sir Gilbert Scott."
“Tile paving at Saint Alban’s Abbey, done by Minton Hollis & Company for Sir Gilbert Scott.” Savage Lithography, Burslem, England, lithographers. Collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In the public domain. Via https://archive.org/details/MintonTilesMintonHollinsCo.PatentTileWorksStokeUpon-trent/page/n65

Drawings of tea cup possibilities from Minton, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain. From Pattern book I. Before 1801. Lovingly digitalized just so you and I can see.

Design #2.
Design #2. Image © The Minton Archive, Stokes-on-Trent, England. Catalog in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_13_2_1
Design #3.
Design #3. Image © The Minton Archive, Stokes-on-Trent, England. Catalog in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_13_2_1
Design #10.
Design #10. Image © The Minton Archive, Stokes-on-Trent, England. Catalog in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_13_2_1
Design #12.
Design #12. Image © The Minton Archive, Stokes-on-Trent, England. Catalog in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_13_2_1
Design #13.
Design #13. Image © The Minton Archive, Stokes-on-Trent, England. Catalog in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_13_2_1

More fabulous plates from Owen Jones’ 1910 “The Grammar of Ornament”.

"Turkish number 3." Plate XXXVIII.
“Turkish number 3.” Plate XXXVIII. Collection of the University of Wisconsin. In the public domain due to age. via http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=turn&entity=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones.p0151&id=DLDecArts.GramOrn
"Moresque Number 3." Plate XLI
“Moresque Number 3.” Plate XLI. Collection of the University of Wisconsin. In the public domain due to age. via http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=turn&entity=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones.p0167&id=DLDecArts.GramOrn
"Persian number 1." Plate XLIV.
“Persian number 1.” Plate XLIV. Collection of the University of Wisconsin. In the public domain due to age. via http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones.i0028&id=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones&isize=M
"Egyptian Number 3." Plate VI.
“Egyptian Number 3.” Plate VI. Collection of the University of Wisconsin. In the public domain due to age. via http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=turn&entity=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones.p0045&id=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones&isize=M
"Byzantine Number 2." Plate XXIX.
“Byzantine Number 2.” Plate XXIX. Collection of the University of Wisconsin. In the public domain due to age. via http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=turn&entity=DLDecArts.GramOrnJones.p0121&id=DLDecArts.GramOrn