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Monarch - Art Tile


French artist E.A. Séguy was influential throughout the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. He found inspiration in nature, and his fascination with butterflies culminated in his 1920s portfolio, “Papillons.” Séguy created exacting replications using the “pochoir” stenciling method, in which each plate was hand-colored using as many as 20 stencils. Nawal Motawi thought that the bold color and density of the designs would translate beautifully to tile — she was right!

The size of this tile is approximately 4" x 8". Since each 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.


  • Based on on an art nouveau image by French artist E.A. Séguy
  • Each tile is made by hand
  • Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch on the back for hanging

About Nawal Motawi

Nawal Motawi Tileworks is a ceramics studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Owner and artistic director Nawal Motawi made tile in her garage before founding the company in 1992. Over time, Nawal built the business through extensive reading and lots of trial and error!
Her tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each one is made by hand and with heart. Nawal Motawi and the artists who create Motawi tiles embrace variation and handmade beauty: their time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of colors with depth and translucence.