If you wish to add a splash of color into your décor, there are some easy and economic options such as wallpapers, special paints for furniture, or wall paints with unique hues. However, only tiles can provide an alluring and artistic effect combined with a long-term guarantee of protecting the surface. Wallpaper or paint can easily get wet and ruined. It is also more complicated to get rid of stains on a painted wall. For all that reason, our decorative Talavera Tiles are the most effective material to cover walls, counters, floors, or stair risers. In the case you want additionally to create an old-world ambience, Mexican tiles with a vintage style will help you achieve that in an instant.
Why can our Mexican Talavera tiles boost a vintage style better than any other ceramic or cement tiles? In the modern market, it is possible to produce replicas that imitate to perfection things from past ages. However, with a closer look, the clients will be able to see a modern execution with unfortunately lower standards and unimpressive quality. However, our handmade ceramic tiles that including high relief tiles, kitchen tile murals, and many other types, are all made according to the traditional techniques brought to Mexico around the XVI century. With origins in Puebla, Mexican Talavera tile production is a craft undertaken by skilled artisans and pottery craftsmen. The name of this type of tiles comes from the Spanish production of Majorca- glazed tiles in the Southern city, Talavera de la Reina. Nowadays Mexican tiles with vintage style are a synonym of handmade, high-quality Mexican tiles because only in this country this tradition has remained alive. To obtain a unique glaze of our decorative, ceramic tiles we use various types of native clay that are indigenous to Mexico. Each piece goes through an initial firing and then is hand-dipped into a glaze which forms the milky-white background of every design. Designs are then dusted onto the pieces using a stencil and charcoal powder. Finally, each piece is hand-painted and fired for a second time at a higher temperature. This is how you can distinguish authentic craft from mass production and achieve an antique-looking effect.
Initially, only cobalt blue was used as a pigment. Therefore, if you visit antique minors and haciendas, you will find them decorated with a blue cobalt tile on a whitewashed background. The cobalt blue was the most expensive pigment making it a status symbol of prestige. With time, Mexican artisans had introduced other colors and patterns that are important for their culture from the per-Hispanic to their Spanish heritage. In the most classic option, there are only six permitted colors: blue, yellow, black, green, orange, and brown, and these colors are made from natural pigments. However, because we want to fulfill all our client’s requests, we can manufacture a customized project upon individual order. Finally, our customer enjoys a broad range of patterns to be able to decorate their kitchen walls, hacienda-style bathrooms, or custom kitchen backsplash.