In the last years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century, the artisan tile movement began in Britain and quickly became an American style. Beginning primarily as a search for an authentic, meaningful design, the movement was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution with its flood of machine made and “soulless” production. Considering the modern machine to be the root cause of all repetitive and mundane evils, many artisans turned entirely away from the use of machines and turned toward handicraft, which tended to concentrate their products in the hands of sensitive but well-heeled patrons. While the European movement tried to recreate the virtuous world of craft labor, Americans tried to establish a new source of virtue to replace heroic craft production: the tasteful middle-class home.
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Size: 1" x 1"
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