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Overview

Motawi Tileworks makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations. Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating historically inspired tile in her garage and selling it at the local farmers market. Demand for her work grew, and in 1992 Motawi formed The Tileworks, which came to specialize in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Midcentury Modern aesthetics. In addition to its own unique designs, The Tileworks is also licensed to produce art tile based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper. Motawi art tiles are now sold in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, and Motawi tile installations grace homes and public spaces worldwide. For more information: motawi.com.

Tour Motawi Tileworks

Motawi Tileworks offers free public tours every week. Meet the artisans and witness Motawi’s unique tile-making process. Tours are recommended for ages 8 and up. No reservations are required, but please call ahead if your party consists of 10 or more: (734) 213-0017.

Weekly (Free) Tour Schedule 

  • Tuesdays at 1 p.m. (production tour/60 to 90 minutes)
  • Thursdays at 11 a.m. (production tour/60 to 90 minutes)
  • Saturdays at 12 p.m. and at 3 p.m. (factory walk-through tour/20 to 30 minutes)

Workshops and Private Tours

Glaze-a-Tile workshops are offered the second Saturday of each month at costs ranging from $110 to $120. Learn and practice Motawi’s intricate bulb-glazing process on your very own art tile with guidance from the experts. For more information or to register: bit.ly/motawiglazeatile.

Make-a-Tile workshops are available to groups by appointment. You are provided with clay and tools to create your own design. Motawi fires and glazes your tile, then contacts you to pick it up or ships it to your address. The cost is $250 for up to 25 people. For more information or to schedule a workshop, call (734) 213-0017 or email tours@motawi.com.

Private tours can be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $250 for up to 25 people. Private tours can also include a Make-a-Tile workshop for your group ($500). For more information or to schedule a private tour, call (734) 213-0017.

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