Inspiration in the Arts and Crafts Movement

We are committed to making great ceramic tiles, in the Arts & Crafts tradition.

New York Tilemakers recreates decorative Victorian art tiles and field tiles, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. You can spot the influence in the patterns that make up our Client and Contractor Series.

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The Arts and Crafts movement was a movement in the decorative and fine arts that flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It was a reaction against a decline in standards that became associated with machinery and factory production. Distrust for the machine lay behind the many little workshops that turned their backs on the industrial world around 1900, using techniques to create what they called “crafts.”

These disciplines included architecture, furniture, textiles, and other decorative arts. The worn or fractured antique look finds itself in the ceramic tiles we create. As we go through our Process here in our studio in Long Island City, though we may be using modern equipment and practices, our primary influence holds strong. 

All of our products are handmade by skilled artisans in small quantities. And no two tiles are alike. We think that’s pretty cool.