Tiles

The history of architectural ceramics is vast and global. Combining function and aesthetics, ceramic tiles have been used for everything from outdoor pavements to grandly decorated interiors. Our incredible tiles collection spans the medieval period to the present day.

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The collection includes over 19,000 tiles, both single examples and larger tile panels, produced industrially and by individual makers. It is particularly strong in Medieval, Middle Eastern, Italian Renaissance, Dutch and English wall tiles, as well as British 19th-century tiles by the likes of William Morris and William De Morgan.

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Background image: Tile panel, about 1580, Turkey. Museum no. 401:1 to 24-1900. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London