MOTAWI Tileworks-Woman Owned Small Business 2016 Award Winner

nawal-headshot-2014-web300Earlier this year Nawal Motawi, founder and owner of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor Michigan was selected as the recipient of the Woman Owned Small Business Award presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center.  “Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school graduate with a restless spirit and an interest in applied arts, Nawal moved to Detroit to learn tilemaking at Detroit’s storied Pewabic Pottery. She returned to Ann Arbor after a few years and began making her own tiles in a garage studio and selling them from a stand she rented at the local farmers’ market.

Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. Her company utilizes Toyota-Style Production and practices an intentional workplace culture.

Recently, Motawi tiles have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Dwell Magazine.” –

Motawi Tileworks produces art based tile as well as installation tile.  The craftsmanship and mission of this company truly shows through the quality of their work.  We are so proud to have this woman owned small business represent the State of Michigan and set such a great example for other small business owners!   Just take a look at just some of the examples of their work below.  All pictures are credited to  To take a video tour of their factory, click here!






Say Yes to Carpet Tiles. Just YES!

A stylish and versatile alternative to standard carpet rolls, carpet tiles can meet the needs of a variety of commercial and residential spaces.  Carpet tiles now come in many different sizes and styles and are perfect for high traffic areas.  These tiles can even be installed over existing surfaces such as wood and tile with ease.  If you come to a crossroad between rolled carpet and carpet squares, here are some things that you should consider:

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Ease of Maintenance

Carpet tiles are extremely easy to maintain in your business, just vacuum regularly as you would with any standard rolled carpet.  A big difference is that if one tile or area get soiled, you can just take those squares out and replace them with new tiles.  Buying extra carpet tiles when purchasing can save you the large expense of replacing a whole area of carpet should it become damaged.





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Types of Carpet Offered

You can now find and equivalent carpet in a tile that you can find in most rolled carpet options.  The main difference is the backing.  Carpet tiles are backed with heavy vinyl or fiberglass to provide stability and to protect against moisture.  The backing is also offered in styles that have adhesive backing for ease of installation or floating tiles that are secured underneath to each other leaving no residue on your existing floors.

Design Away!

With the selection of carpet tiles that are now offered, who says you can’t go wild?  Carpet tiles allow you to mix and match colors and styles to show your personality.  Fit together different styles, shapes and sizes to make your carpet your own.  Just check out some of these creative design styles!
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SPACE anew WOWS at the Great Lakes Women's Business Conference

Great Lakes Women's Business Conference Panel Discussion participants.
Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference Panel Discussion participants.

Congratulations to Kathie Fuce-Hobohm for being selected to participate in a woman’s leadership panel discussion on generating innovation alongside Marcy Bell, President of Bell’s Landscape Services, Julie A. McFarland, President McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., Lynn Perenic, CEO, Argent Tape & Label, Inc.  Kathie presented our cutting edge office furniture upcycling process, SPACE anew.  SPACE is known for innovative design and clean, precise installations.  SPACE anew accentuates what we do so well and Kathie has been enthusiastically advocating this groundbreaking and exciting division of our company.  We are delighted that she was able to bring this updated, environmentally friendly and cost effective idea to the table for discussion!  The 16th Annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference is the largest women’s business conference in the Midwest and was held September 27th and 28th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

“As the Largest Women’s Business Conference in the Midwest states in 2016, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, (Great Lakes WBC) takes pride in addressing the needs of both aspiring and established business owners. The conference will deliver strategies for succeeding in emerging markets and an exceptional opportunity for WBENC certified women business enterprises procurement matches.The conference is attended by women business enterprises (WBE’s), Great Lakes WBC corporate members, additional Fortune 500 executives, U.S Government entities and partner organizations. Great Lakes WBC Women’s Business Showcase, of 150 (WBE’s) offers exceptional procurement introductions and Meet the Buyers offers certified women business enterprises supplier matches with 70 plus Fortune 500 corporations.” –
Thank you to Joe Miller and Jeff Young for their outstanding effort putting together our SPACE anew mock-up at the conference.  It turned out just perfect and we were so happy to show the end result of the SPACE anew process.  Donna Adams and Michelle Hinskey presented our booth during the showcase to an overwhelming response!  Participating in the Woman’s Business Conference this year gave us a chance to highlight what we do best and we just can not wait for next year!