Tile all birded up to go around your fireplace. Hush . . . .you can hear them chirp. 17th and 18th century. Dutch. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Field of sixteen tiles, each with a painted bird or insect. ca. 1650-1700.
Field of sixteen tiles, each with a painted bird or insect. ca. 1650-1700. Earthenware with a tin glaze. Maker not known. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the public domain. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/my/collections/1815348–lucinda-timmermans/schatten-uit-het-depot-tegels-tiles/objecten#/BK-1955-354-A,0
Tile panel or tableau,  painted with a representation of a bird in a bird cage. ca. 1750-1800.
Tile panel or tableau, painted with a representation of a bird in a bird cage. ca. 1750-1800. Maker not known. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the public domain. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/my/collections/1815348–lucinda-timmermans/schatten-uit-het-depot-tegels-tiles/objecten#/BK-2008-134-B,5
Field of sixteen tiles each with a multicolored bird on a ground with berries with an oxhead design in each corner. ca. 1640-1660.
Field of sixteen tiles each with a multicolored bird on a ground with berries with an oxhead design in each corner. ca. 1640-1660. Earthenware with tin glaze. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the public domain. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/my/collections/1815348–lucinda-timmermans/schatten-uit-het-depot-tegels-tiles/objecten#/BK-1955-295-B,16
Tile tableau with six tiles showing a multicolored parrot in a cage.
Tile tableau with six tiles showing a multicolored parrot in a cage. Partial tableau as originally there would have been sixteen tiles. ca. 1730-1770. Maker not known. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the public domain. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/my/collections/1815348–lucinda-timmermans/schatten-uit-het-depot-tegels-tiles/objecten#/BK-1955-381,20
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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

Floral tiles from William De Morgan to make your entire home feel like you are living inside a greenhouse. Living from 1839 to 1917 De Morgan was a leading light of the Arts and Crafts movement and friend of William Morris.

"Curzon rose trellis." 1872-1881.
“Curzon rose trellis.” 1872-1881. Earthenware. Designed by De Morgan and manufactured by his company William De Morgan & Company. Image @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/16769/
"Small carnations and encircled foliage." 1872-1881.872 to 1881 william de morgan
“Small carnations and encircled foliage.” 1872-1881. Earthenware. Designed by De Morgan and manufactured by his company William De Morgan & Company. Image @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/16767/
"Persian tulips and foliage."1882-1885.
“Persian tulips and foliage.”1882-1885. Earthenware. Designed by De Morgan and manufactured by his company William De Morgan & Company. Image @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/16768/

16th century Blue and white tile panels made by the masters of the art, the Ottoman Turks. From museums in Denmark and Portugal.

Fritware tile, painted in blue under a transparent glaze. Iznik. ca. 1505.
Fritware tile, painted in blue under a transparent glaze. Iznik. ca. 1505. Image © The David Collection, Copenhagen. Fair use license. via https://www.davidmus.dk/en/collections/islamic/dynasties/ottomans/art/93a-2003.
Fritzware, underglazed and painted. Iznik. ca. 1545.
Fritzware, underglazed and painted. Iznik. ca. 1545. Image ©2019 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/tile-panel/

Art Nouveau inspired tile tableaux by Dutch ceramics firm Plateelbakkerij De Distel which was founded in Amsterdam in 1895.

"Birds." 1895-1923.
“Birds.” 1895-1923. Ceramic tile. Image © 2019 Kramer Kunst en Antiek. Fair use license. via http://www.antique-tileshop.nl/distel-vogels.html
"Tegeltableau met zwanen en bladwerk" (Tile tableau with swans and leaves) ca. 1910.
“Tegeltableau met zwanen en bladwerk” (Tile tableau with swans and leaves) ca. 1910. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the public domain. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/zoeken/objecten?q=Plateelbakkerij+De+Distel&p=1&ps=12&st=Objects&ii=7#/BK-1981-73,7

Victorian tile with flowers and fish to liven up your foyer. Why have boring red or gray when you could have a party on the floor. Made by Maw and Company, Benthall Works, Brosley, England. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Suite of tiles with motifs of dragons, cranes, peonies, fish and shells. 1880.
Suite of tiles with motifs of dragons, cranes, peonies, fish and shells. 1880. Image © National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/21261/
Suite of tiles, image of a Lunette with sprays, central half rosetteon two rectangular panels
Suite of tiles .Image of a lunette with sprays, central half rosetteon two rectangular panels. 1880. Image © National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/21258/

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