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About Motawi Tile

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Motawi tile Back Stamp

Motawi tile Hanging Notch

About Motawi Tile: 

Each Motawi tile is skillfully hand crafted by staff dedicated to beauty and quality. Every tile is pressed from an original plaster mold and glazed by hand in the Motawi Tileworks studio.

This handmade process gives each Motawi tile its own unique character,  while still being an accurate reproduction of the original relief tile design. 

Nawal Motawi has spent years refining her craft. Every component from the custom mixed clay body to the proprietary glaze formulas has been perfected.

The original glaze formulas are known only to a few and are carefully reproduced to insure the rich color depth that is a unique signature of Motawi Tile.

Motawi Tile Being Bulb Glazed     Motawi Tile How It's Made

Motawi Tile works studio-bisque  Motawi Tile studio hand glazed  Motawi Tile works Tiles in the kiln

Tiles are embossed on the back with the original Motawi Tileworks name and logo from Ann Arbor, Michigan. This guarantees that each tile is authentic and hand made at the Motawi Tileworks studio.

Each tile comes with a molded hanging notch which is pressed into the back of the tile before firing. Motawi tile are perfect for hanging as individual works of art but are sized with installation in mind. Motawi tiles are sized to accommodate a 3/16” grout space.

Tiles are nominally down-sized by 3/16" to accommodate for grout on all sides; for example, a 6"x6" is actually 5-13/16"x5-13/16". Each tile is 5/8" thick and glazed over the edges.

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Motawi Tile Seconds:

Each Motawi Tile is individually handmade and carefully inspected to insure exquisite quality.  All the Motawi Tile we stock at Arts And Crafts is A-Grade quality coming directly from the Motawi Tileworks. 

The great care taken to insure high quality means that many tiles may have imperfections.  Tiles may have warped while being fired, cracked while cooling or have glaze drips, chips or other imperfections. Occasionally the Tileworks will sell Motawi Tile Seconds directly from their Studio in Ann Arbor Michigan. 

Many of these Motawi Tile appear on Ebay auctions listed as Rare or One of a kind, or framed to hide chips. Please be careful, ask to see the back of the tile. The Motawi Tileworks staff marks each tile.

On the back of a "seconds" tile you will see the Skeet symbol marking:JNGETBAF
"Just Not Good Enough To Be A First"

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