Field Tile Sizes, Shapes and Edge Glazing

Voluptuous and distinctive, Motawi field tile is decidedly convex, with rounded shoulders and softened corners that cause lovely color breaks in the glaze. The extravagant thickness is classic Arts & Crafts.

A Note About Tile Sizes

Motawi tiles are sized for installation with a 3⁄16" grout space between tiles. The actual size of a Motawi tile is 3⁄16" less than the nominal size. Thus a 4x4 is actually 3-13⁄16" x 3-13⁄16" square and approximately 5⁄8" thick.

All sizes are nominal unless noted otherwise. This makes designing easy. Layouts can be done to whole inch increments because the tiles take up the nominal size when installed.

Why can't I order these tiles on your website? These tiles are available by special order. Contact our friendly design department or call 734-213-0017 for sampling and ordering info.

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3620 3x6 Three-in-One
A single 3x6 tile with two 3/16" grooves, designed to look like three 1x6’s. Can be cut apart on site into individual 1x6’s.

4x4 Clipped Corners
A. 4401 1 corner
B. 4402 2 corners
C. 4403 3 corners
D. 4404 4 corners
E. 1x1 set diagonally

3x3 Clipped Corners
A. 3331 1 corner
B. 3332 2 corners
C. 3333 3 corners
D. 3334 4 corners
E. 1x1 set diagonally

Royal Lobes & Spikes, Large
A. 6121 1⁄4 Royal Spike
B. 6122 1⁄2 Royal Spike
C. 6123 Royal Spike
D. 6124 Royal Lobe
E. 6125 1⁄4 Royal Lobe
F. 6126 1⁄2 Royal Lobe

Royal Lobes & Spikes, Small
A. 3321 1⁄4 Royal Spike
B. 3322 1⁄2 Royal Spike
C. 3323 Royal Spike
D. 3324 Royal Lobe
E. 3325 1⁄4 Royal Lobe
F. 3326 1⁄2 Royal Lobe


2229 2x2
3329 3x3
4429 4x4
6663 6x6

Notched Corners

Notched Corners
A. 66n2 (6x6 with 2x2 notch)
B. 44n1 (4x4 with 1x1 notch)
C. 44n2 (4x4 with 2x2 notch)

5x5 Hexagon

Hexagon, Large
5581 5x5 Hexagon (6 pcs. per sq. ft.)*
*Actual dimensions shown


3x3 Hexagon

Hexagon, Small
3381 3x3 Hexagon (19 pcs. per sq. ft.)*
*Actual dimensions shown



There are often times when the thin edge of a tile will be visible in an installation. Motawi offers a few edge detail options. A bullnose gives a warm, soft look, however it is only available on field tiles. Edge glazing results in a clean, finished edge, and is also good for decoratives. In the illustrations below, the glazed area is shaded and the unglazed area is unshaded.

Standard Detail

This is how a tile is normally finished. There is approximately 1⁄8" to 1⁄4" of bare clay showing on the bottom edge of the tile.

Edge Glazing

This is a special treatment, in which the entire edge is coated with glaze. On the tile shown at right, the short side is edge glazed, the long side is not. Field, relief and polychrome tiles may be edge glazed.


Ordering Edge Glaze Tiles

When ordering edge glaze tiles, please use the following nomenclature: tile size, followed by the edges needing glazing, denoted as “e” followed by a number, as outlined in the diagram below. The number following the letter indicates which edges you need finished. For example, 2x4e1 means a 2x4 field tile edge glazed on the long edge, while 3x3e3 means 3x3 field tile edge glazed on two adjcent edges. The edge selection you make will depend on your installation layout. If you are unsure which edges you need glazed, please contact us for help before placing your order.

Edge Glazing Example