About Motawi Tile



Motawi tiles are generally 5⁄8" thick. The installed thickness depends on the underlayment.


Motawi tiles are sized to fit together using a grout space of approximately 1/8" to 3/16". Therefore, the actual size of a Motawi tile is slightly smaller than the stated/nominal size (a 4x4 tile is approximately 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"). As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".


Our tile line is modular. Two 2x2s can be substituted for one 2x4 and they will occupy the same amount of space.


Motawi tile weighs approximately 8 pounds per square foot. When mounted and grouted, allow about 11 pounds per square foot.


Variations in hue, tone and surface quality are intrinsic to the beauty of Motawi tiles. We recommend that clients order a range sample for each glaze color in their project before the tile is made. By approving the range sample, clients acknowledge that all or part of their order may vary in appearance, just as the range sample varies.


Motawi tile is ideal for fireplaces, kitchen backsplashes and wet applications like bathrooms and residential floors. It will not be damaged by heat.

Outdoor Usage

Motawi tile is designed for indoor use. Our tile has been successfully installed outdoors — in select applications and locales — with beautiful results. However, we offer no guarantee of suitability for outdoor installation, nor do we market our tile as an outdoor product.

Technical Specifications

Water Absorption, Field Tile = Approx. 6.5%
Water Absorption, Art Tile = Approx. 8%
Average Breaking Strength: 2,264 foot-pounds
Surface Hardness: Average MOHs = 6 (where 1 = talc and 10 = diamond)


To keep your Motawi tile looking its best, we recommend wiping with warm water and buffing dry with a soft towel or an old t-shirt. Not quite doing the job? Try any nonacidic cleaner (we like the Simple Green brand).


We are passionate about creating beautiful ceramic tile that withstands generations of use while striving to minimize our environmental impact. There are several reasons why Motawi is a greener choice:

  • Long life cycle: Tile is a durable, cleanable surface with a useable life of more than 40 years.
  • Air quality: Our lead-free glazes do not contain added volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Motawi tile is also chemically inert and inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and fungus.
  • Energy efficiency: Tile helps with insulation, keeping heating and cooling costs low.
  • Environmentally friendly maintenance: Our tile is best cleaned using pH-neutral cleaning products without toxic chemicals.
  • Recycled water and raw materials: We repurpose our clay and utilize a water filtration system to capture and clarify the water used in our studio.
  • Fire resistance: Due to its noncombustible composition, ceramic tile is fireproof at any temperature. It will not burn or fuel a fire.


Motawi tiles are warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for one (1) year from the date of installation. Where inspection by Motawi Tileworks, Inc. discloses any such defects occurring in normal usage within one year after installation Motawi will, at its election, repair or replace the product or make appropriate adjustment. Motawi is not liable for any direct or indirect costs associated with the repair or replacement of Motawi tile including removal, installation or reinstallation. Motawi tile should be inspected prior to installation and any defects must be reported at that time. Installation constitutes acceptance. Damage caused by inappropriate installation, accident, misuse, abuse, or improper maintenance is not covered by this warranty. Variations in color, shade, flow, grain, tonality, crazing, veining, and texture are inherent characteristics of Motawi tile and are not defects. Variations in facial dimensions and thickness will be allowed as per Motawi standards. No warranties are made against crazing, scratching or wear due to: improper installation—including improper alteration of the surface with sealers or grout, falling objects, abuse, misuse, exposure to extreme temperatures, using improper chemicals or compounds, non-foot traffic wear or other similar incidents.To obtain warranty service, contact Motawi Tileworks, Inc. at 170 Enterprise Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, call 734.213.0017 or contact us at www.motawi.com.

IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING THAT OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THIS EXPRESS WARRANTY. SELLER DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states/provinces do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of special, incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights which vary from state/province to state/province. Any action for breach of this warranty must be commenced within one (1) year from the time the defect occurs or should have been discovered. Some states do not allow such a limitation on the time in which to sue, so the limitation may not apply to you.