4x12 Samara - Purple
Tile in 5-inch Emerson Easel
Tile in 2-inch Oak Park Frame - Oak
Tile in 2-inch Oak Park Frame - Ebony

4x12 Samara - Purple

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. Wright’s John and Catherine Christian House, also known as Samara (named after a pinecone’s winged seeds), was completed in West Lafayette, Indiana, toward the end of his illustrious career. The samara seed pattern appears on Wright’s perforated board design for the house, and perhaps most prominently on a rug commissioned by Professor Christian in the 1990s and designed by Taliesin’s Aris Georges and Cornelia Brierly. That rug was the inspiration for Motawi Tileworks’ 4x12 Samara art tile, which reinterprets Wright’s pattern once again in ceramic.

  • Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We embrace variation and handmade beauty: Our time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
  • Actual Tile Size: Approximately 3 7/8” x 11 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".
  • Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.

®/©/™ Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. All rights reserved.

Locally made and fabricated from powder-coated steel, our easels feature durable and elegant single-piece construction.  

  • The 5-inch Emerson easel holds any unframed tile larger than 3 inches.
  • The 7-inch Roebuck easel holds any framed tile and any unframed tile larger than 4 inches.
  • The 3-inch mini easel holds 3 and 4-inch tiles (unframed).

Our tile frames are made by Dard Hunter Studios, founded by early Roycrofter Dard Hunter and run by his grandson, Dard Hunter III.

The 2-inch Oak Park flat frame is made of quartersawn oak and comes in Craftsman Oak or Ebony finish. Its finished size is 9-1/2" x 11-1/2".

Description

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. Wright’s John and Catherine Christian House, also known as Samara (named after a pinecone’s winged seeds), was completed in West Lafayette, Indiana, toward the end of his illustrious career. The samara seed pattern appears on Wright’s perforated board design for the house, and perhaps most prominently on a rug commissioned by Professor Christian in the 1990s and designed by Taliesin’s Aris Georges and Cornelia Brierly. That rug was the inspiration for Motawi Tileworks’ 4x12 Samara art tile, which reinterprets Wright’s pattern once again in ceramic.

  • Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We embrace variation and handmade beauty: Our time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
  • Actual Tile Size: Approximately 3 7/8” x 11 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".
  • Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.

®/©/™ Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. All rights reserved.

Easels

Locally made and fabricated from powder-coated steel, our easels feature durable and elegant single-piece construction.  

  • The 5-inch Emerson easel holds any unframed tile larger than 3 inches.
  • The 7-inch Roebuck easel holds any framed tile and any unframed tile larger than 4 inches.
  • The 3-inch mini easel holds 3 and 4-inch tiles (unframed).

Frames

Our tile frames are made by Dard Hunter Studios, founded by early Roycrofter Dard Hunter and run by his grandson, Dard Hunter III.

The 2-inch Oak Park flat frame is made of quartersawn oak and comes in Craftsman Oak or Ebony finish. Its finished size is 9-1/2" x 11-1/2".