leaf-motif border glazed wall tile
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Leaf-Motif Border

Decorative subway tiles with floral or leaf patterns were popular in the 1890s. Today's versions may serve as both border and cap rail or just as an inset.

Splurge: Cream-Colored Leaves
Its warm white color, crackle glaze, and detailed acanthus leaf motif give this border tile—which doubles as a wainscot cap—a Victorian-era feel. Each 3¾-by-6-inch tile is hand-pressed and hand-glazed in California; purposeful pooling of the glaze adds dimension.

Archtectonics Collection bay-leaf tile, about $28 each; Waterworks
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