About Mexican Tile
Mexico is world renowned for its skillful artisans in a wide variety
of fields. Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sanchez Lacy called Mexican tile
a “chosen skin”. Tiles have embellished numerous public and private
spaces throughout Mexico. A glimpse anywhere in Mexico, particularly in
the central states, shows the widespread use of talavera tiles
decorating a broad range of spaces from kitchens, fountains, facades,
interiors of luxurious hacienda homes to churches. It is through
traditional artifacts, such as handcrafted tiles, that one can perceive
an artisan’s sensibility, and creativity. Handcrafted ceramic tile is a
rooted cultural heritage in Mexico, since its practice of making it
began in the late sixteen century, around 1570 and 1573. Mexican
ceramic tiles have actively played a distinguished role as an important
utilitarian and decorative element in Mexican architecture.
Mexican tile is functional, beautiful, and practical, it provides a
long lasting wall or surface that is easy to care and maintain. You can
install Mexican tiles in virtually any area you want to enjoy their
warm and beauty.
The tiles are made from clay dug out of the ground and fired to a
temperature at which the clay undergoes chemical changes and becomes
permanently hard. Then the tile is glazed and decorated by hand, and
fired once again to give it its final and lively finish. Its physical
characteristics make Mexican tiles particularly attractive and
distinctive. Mexican tiles are concave (not perfectly flat). They are
characterized as unique, irregular, functional, and expressive.
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