Karim Motawi, co-owner of the Motawi Tileworks, and his business partner and sister Nawal Motawi, recently announced the release of a new book that focuses on their Ann Arbor, MI tile studio.
“When publisher Pomegranate Communications approached us and said they would like to do a book, we jumped at the opportunity. When they chose Anne Stewart O’Donnell as the writer we were doubly pleased,” said Karim.
In the book author Anne Stewart O’Donnell, editor in chief of Style 1900 magazine, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tileworks and reveals the history, inspiration, and methods the Motawis use to create their art.
“Nawal and Karim are highly respected leaders in their sphere of work,” writes Joe Taylor, President of the Tile Heritage Foundation, in his forward. “Far more than a prosperous and expanding enterprise, Motawi has become a symbol of artistic sensibility and success in the tile industry.”
The book, Contemporary Handcrafted Tiles in the Arts & Crafts Tradition, features more than 100 images of art tile, the studio and the tile-making process. Many pictures of early Motawi Tile and one-of-a-kind experimental tiles are included.
A free, guided studio tour is offered every Thursday morning at 11 a.m. A Book Launch event is planned for October 1 at 7 p.m. at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, MI. The author will speak, as will Karim and Nawal. All three will be on hand to sign books following the presentation. For additional details, visit www.motawi.com.