Inspired by: Mexican Tile

Since the late 1500s, handcrafted ceramic tile has been a part of the cultural heritage in Mexico. Did you know that Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sanchez Lacy called Mexican tile a “chosen skin”? What a fascinating description for a gorgeous piece of art for the home! 

Traditionally, the tiles are made from clay dug out of the ground and fired to a temperature at which the clay becomes permanently hard. Once the tile is glazed and decorated, it’s fired once again for its final, eye-catching finish. Talavera tile and pottery is hand-formed from the rich black and white volcanic soils in and around Puebla, Mexico. The finished product is used to decorate spaces from kitchens, fountains, facades, interiors of luxurious hacienda homes to churches and more.

And did you know that Mexican tiles are concave, not perfectly flat? This adds to its expressive quality. 

Here is one of the more traditional tile designs.

Colors that make Mexican tile so distinctive include cobalts and yellows.

Mixing colorful patterns with simple terra cotta tiles makes for a stunning combination.

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