News

The History Behind Mexican Talavera Tiles

The History Behind Mexican Talavera Tiles

It feels amazing knowing the origin of decorative objects that we have at home. Sometimes people assume that what they have seen in a luxurious hotel or restaurants or even friends' place was made in an assembly line from some Chinese factory. They do not make any effort of getting to know the origin and story behind those handcrafted items. And it is where the authentic value of decorative items lies! As a company that manufactures only custom-made appliances and unique objects such as copper or iron range hoods, antique, freestanding bathtubs, and colorful ceramic sinks and tiles, we are proud to continue artisan tradition in metalsmith and pottery. Getting to know the history behind the Mexican Talavera tiles is the first step to understand how precious they are and to value them even more.Read more
Handmade Authentic Mexican Tiles

Handmade Authentic Mexican Tiles

Apart from stunning beaches, pre-Hispanic pyramids, mouth-watering cuisine, Mexico is also acknowledged for its art and crafts. Handmade authentic Mexican tiles are one of the most popular elements of local architecture and interior designing and they are living their revival all around the globe. Why is that- you could ask. Talavera tiles can become a powerful and surprising decorative tile accent in any part of your home, both in the interiors and outdoors. It is a very affordable way for astonishing makeover for kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, and patios.

hand painted mexican tiles decorating interior walls

Whether you want to revamp totally your décor or perhaps make a small rearrangement in your kitchen or bathroom, Mexican tile for walls and counters will make a great fit to add intensity and a lot of life into any area. There is a general trend for very minimalist homes that would include single-color walls, usually white, a large piece of marble for counters, and basically sleek and simple pieces of furnishing. On the other scope of interior design, we find the Southern-style that cherish rustic, “imperfect” elements, mixing earthly materials and adding tons of unique objects. With handmade authentic Mexican tiles, you can achieve more diverse and vibrant settings. It does not mean your décor will feel crowded or overwhelmed, at all. However, embracing the Southern vibe enable you to bring alluring color schemes and textures to your monochromatic layouts. Some can execute that using ethnic textiles; others through art. Us, we recommend our clients to take a different approach to their renovation projects and embrace the beauty and functionality of artisan-made Mexican tiles. The decorative ideas for the Talavera tiles application are endless! They are suitable for wet and damp spaces so you can be rest assured that they will withstand the conditions in bathrooms or balcony and patio.

Our company offers many types of rustic Mexican tiles to make your home transformation even easier. Discover the broad collection of custom tile murals that can embellish kitchen backsplashes, showers, garden or patio walls. Enjoy the uniqueness and incredible character of handmade high-relief tiles, suitable as a bold designing statement in any area from your home’s entry, as a frame for your vintage mirror greeting guests in the hallway, or as an accent tile in the kitchen for instance. Handmade, authentic Mexican tiles are sold in thousands of models that represent Southern ceramic heritage that includes Spanish white and blue Talavera patterns, Moroccan Arabesque, or Mexican abstract art. Despite being an old-century material, Mexican tiles are still surprising homeowners worldwide.

Decorative High Relief Tiles

Decorative High Relief Tiles

Recently we can observe a revival of interior designs emanating from countries where tiles are integral to the architecture and vibrant culture. Mexico, without a doubt, is one of them. The richly colored motifs of handcrafted Talavera tiles are brought to the level of fine arts with decorative high relief tiles. Those vivid and sophisticated tiles are small but evocative and can be combined together in many ways to create alluring patchwork designing setups in any area of your house or apartment.

If you are fond of the richness and flamboyant feel of the Mexican architecture, definitely, you will want to introduce decorative high relief tiles into your remodelling projects. Some of the most striking examples of public art in Colonial cities around Mexico explore the medium of Talavera tiles in all its forms from simple wall tiles, large and spectacular wall tile murals and most lavish high relief tiles. The raised relief pattern boosts the captivating appearance of a ceramic tile. Bring life and color with a bold statement of handcrafted ceramic relief tiles that will transform an ordinary room into a vibrant and colorful state-of-art space. What makes those relief tiles so special- you might ask. All Talavera tiles have a unique texture of a handmade product that enclose a rustic feel and small variations in color or shape of the pattern. However, this adds additional value to our handcrafted Mexican tiles as many of us prefer an artisan work rather than a perfect copy from an assembly line. In the case of Mexican tiles with relief, there are seen as even bigger assets due to their amazing three-dimensional motifs.

 

high relief tiles

 

How do we elaborate our decorative high relief tiles? The process involves a unique painting technique and it is more complex than producing normal Talavera tiles. Our experienced local artisans use an ancient relief technique that involves creating raised, three-dimensional elements that remain attached to a two-dimensional background of the same material, resulting in sculpted motifs that are raised from the surface. The craftsman, instead of using a traditional brash, is squeezing a small bottle with paint pouring it on the tile surface which was earlier designed with a hand drawing. Applying various colors the painter is leaving a substantial amount of paint, elevating particular elements from the background of the design. Once ceramic tiles are fired, the surface becomes very hard and the tile pattern can be easily distinguished not only by colors but especially by the raised relief pattern. The effect is mesmerizing and you can discover the whole collection of decorative high relief tiles at our online store.The application ideas are endless from adding kitchen ceramic tiles to your kitchen backsplash to decorating your doorway with Mexican, colorful tiles.

Kitchen Ceramic Tiles

Kitchen Ceramic Tiles

How can you transform a dull kitchen into a state-of-art, artistic space? You can of course invest in lavish and often overpriced kitchen cabinets and appliances. Or, on the other hand, add kitchen ceramic tiles which is a very affordable investment that will change completely the look of your cooking area. Installing Mexican tiles and tile murals are the simplest and quickest ideas to upgrade and spice up any area of your home in both interiors as exteriors.

painted kitchen ceramic tiles for a backsplash

Our Mexican tiles are handcrafted in the state of Guanajuato, famous for the production of unique craft, including traditional tiles. Our kitchen ceramic tiles represent the Mexican style of tile painting. The authentic Mexican style tiles are called often Talavera tiles. Their origin dates back to the 16th century when Mexico was under the colonial rule of Spain. You can, therefore, expect a rich mixture of Spanish, Portugues, Moorish and of course, Mexican cultures. From colorful, Mexican skulls, white and blue flowery patterns straight from Lisbon and harmonious, geometrical designs, our customers will be able to find the perfect tile for any style home. Our online collection of kitchen ceramic tiles have several, interesting categories to help our clients choose the ideal material for their remodelling projects. Firstly, you can choose between solid and patterned ceramic tiles. This saves you a little bit of time in scrolling between thousands of Mexican tiles and high-relief tiles models. Moreover, you have separated category for border tiles which are special patterned tiles used to highlight the wall or counters with a beautiful glazed finish. For constructors and interior designers, we have prepared a great deal that consists of Mexican tiles sold in lots. We prepare larger quantities of our hand-painted tiles from Mexico that match either in color or pattern so you do not have to worry about spending hours in front of the computer picking each tile model.

Why should you choose our kitchen ceramic tiles? Those products are made of ceramic covered with glaze to protect their surface against acidic foods and aggressive cleaning products. Kitchen is normally the area of the house that most suffers from our daily cooking activities. You want to protect the counters, backsplashes, tabletops and cabinets from getting way and stained. Our painted Talavera tiles can be used in "semi-wet" situations like around the kitchen sink or backsplashes. Their maintenance is super easy and you will only need a wet cloth with soap to erase most of the dirt.

Decorating the Doorway with Mexican Ceramic Tiles

Decorating the Doorway with Mexican Ceramic Tiles

The painted Talavera tiles are in fashion and most importantly they are no longer exclusively used in the kitchen or bathroom. From complex and vivid Southern patterns to simpler, plain colored type, Mexican ceramic tiles are one of the favorite solutions for decorating the doorway with an unusual, chic and rustic style.

Mexican tiles decorating house doorway

Your lobby should transmit a welcoming, warm message and also it is a teaser of what your guest can see in the rest of your home. If you want to create a Southern feel in your residency or apartment, consider installing our Mexican, ceramic tiles on one of the walls of your doorway. Choose the wall you want to highlight and create an artistic area with one of our stunning Talavera patterns or perhaps mix several designs in one, unconventional patchwork piece. From simple tile to even more effective high relief tiles to Mexican tile murals, choose the option that goes better with the style of your home. All of our ceramic products are of great quality and will be a durable, stunning solution for a quick and effective makeover. As the hallway is the area that bridges the exteriors with interiors, perhaps you want to set up a greenery scene that gives a cohesive transition from your garden to the rest of your household. We have thousands of flowery patterns so emblematic for Mexican or Spanish tile craft that you can use for decorating the doorway.

If bold designs, using the whole wall embellished with hand-made Talavera tiles is too much for your taste but you still love having some of those rustic accents, you can add a mirror decorated with a tiled frame. A smaller tile mural in form of wall art is also an option for you. Additionally, we should not forget about the entry that can be enlivened with our ceramic products. Decorating the doors with tiles is an ancient technique that we can observe in the Morrocan architecture. It was then appropriated by Spanish culture and finally, it got to Mexico where until nowadays is a really fashionable and beautiful way of adding a powerful statement to the Southern look of the entry doors of the house. A wooden, shabby-looking doors with handcrafted, Mexican tiles trimming it, seems like a perfect match and is frequently used in Hacienda-like residencies. Add some ceramic flower planters, pots and other decorative elements to boost the Southern style.

Decorating with Kitchen Wall Tiles

Decorating with Kitchen Wall Tiles

You have chosen elegant cabinets and an impressive copper range hood but there is still something missing for you to feel the authentic rustic vibe in your kitchen? Consider decorating with kitchen wall tiles that range from Talavera tiles, relief tiles, wall murals or even broken mosaic tiles for some smaller areas’ projects. Choosing the right ceramic tiles might be the perfect finishing touch your décor.

ceramic tiles decorating kitchen wall backsplash

The first and most obvious choice for placing handmade Mexican tiles in a kitchen is the wall behind the cooking stove, oven and sink area. It is where all the magic happens but for the same reason, the homeowners should take special care and decorates this wall with tiles. First of all, they will protect the wall from getting wet or damp. Secondly, it is much easier to take off the dirt, fat or rest of the food from a glazed tile rather than a paint. Nothing works better against the spills of the morning coffee made in a rush! Most of our kitchen wall tiles can be installed anywhere around the house, even in the exterior, in case you have an exterior kitchenette or barbecue area. The only limitation for our handmade wall tiles would be those outdoors with possible minus temperatures as the material is not frost-resistant. 

Now that you are probably determined to add some beautifully crafted tiles, let’s see all the possibilities you have to create an outstanding, bright décor that without a doubt will brighten and spice up your kitchen. We would recommend you placing Mexican tiles on the walls and counters and a ceramic tile mural on the backsplash area where the mural can visually separate different areas of the kitchen. Our kitchen tile murals collection is ideal for decorating backsplash with one of the designs representing bucolic daily life, fruits, wine, Spanish architecture or Mexican landscapes. All those images will boost a Southern-style and also bring a very relaxing atmosphere while you have to do your daily kitchen duties. The mural can be customized in size to adapt to the backsplash configuration. However, you also need to fill up the rest of the wall spaces in your remodelled kitchen for that you can choose among Mexican, plain tiles or more decorative relief tiles that have part of the designed raised above the surface. We offer literary thousands of models of those ceramic works of art that can help you enhance any style you wish from the most traditional to transitional and modern.