Art Nouveau was almost an evolution of the Arts & Crafts movement, inspired by the forms and structure of nature, particularly the curved lines of plants and flowers. In 1901 Henry Dearle, then head designer at Morris & Co. created Seaweed; a dramatic interpretation of aquatic plant life. The moody base of the water is brightened by the vibrant blues and greens and punctuated by the intricate dot detailing in a punchy red hue.
Crafted using traditional techniques used in late 1800s, each colour is added individually on to a sheet to build up the design creating a slightly textured surface. Each colour is matched by eye keeping the design true to its heritage and consistent throughout each batch. The design is then transferred on to the tile using a lithograph to maintain the depth of colour.
His infamous designs are featured on everything from bedding to wallpaper, and now tiles, as part of our exclusive Minton Hollins range.