Prior to exploring Mexican Tile history one may ask from where those beautiful designs really came. What is their origin? Since they are known as Mexican tiles they are obviously made in Mexico. However, their origin goes back in time much further than we could imagine. The history of Mexican talavera tile crosses centuries, cultures and continents. In some way, it repeats the history of the country itself. Being the most popular forms to embellish haciendas or fountains, the origin of those beautiful ceramic leads to Spain. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the town of Talavera de la Reina became so internationally acclaimed for its ceramics that is was called “La Ciudad de la Cerámica” (City of the Ceramics). Its unique style came out of a mix of Spanish, Arabic and other European cultures.
Once Spaniards came to Mexico, they introduced the technique of potter’s wheel and tin-glazing to the indigenous people. From that moment the techniques of Mexican ceramic tile crafting evolved appropriating bright and cheerful art and the Spanish craft. The capital of Talavera tile became Puebla de Zaragoza where you can visit the most stunning examples of Mexican tile in the Church of Santo Domingo that is, by now, the most important buildings of Baroque. The times of the Spanish conquer were dominated by spreading the Christian faith so the Spaniards were building many churches and monasteries, and therefore the Talavera technique spread all over the country and new workshops emerged given the Mexican kitchen tile the status of owner’s the richest design becoming the symbol of prosperity within local elite. The Mexican tile for backsplash was being used not only in a sacred architecture but was introduced to the architecture of the city. If you wanted to show how wealthy you were, you would just decorate your home with tiles for sale from our online outlet.
Right now we are offering the Mexican wall tile in three, basic styles. They can be handcrafted in plain color choosing between an infinity of colors to place them as the main theme in your kitchen and bathroom or any other space you are thinking of. They can add a modern feel to your interiors or a more rustic, depending on other decorating elements. They can obviously be found in its classic form white and blue tile, reminding us of the origin while exploring Mexican tile history. Last but not least, we can offer you more complex and multicolored designs that can be used as an accent pop of color in counters or backsplash. Check our collection of Mexican floor tile and you will also fall in love with them.