The truth is that with the progress of modern technology, anyone can design and order any patterns and color combination that can be displayed on your home’s wall as wallpaper or paintings and graphic design. However, when it comes to providing not only a creative and fun accent but first of all a reliable and strong material that covers most of the surfaces, Mexican Talavera tiles are incomparable. They are irreplaceable particularly in case your interior design project includes vintage Talavera tiles.
Why can our Mexican Talavera tiles boost a vintage style better than any other ceramic or cement tiles? It is possible to achieve stunning replicas that imitate to perfection things from past ages. However, with a closer look, you will be able to see a modern execution with unfortunately lower standards and unimpressive quality. However, decorative tiles, weather floor, wall tiles or kitchen tile murals, and high relief tiles, are all made according to the traditional techniques brought to Mexico around the XVI century. With origins in the Mexican city of Puebla, making Talavera tile 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. The irony is that nowadays decorative Talavera tiles are a synonym of handmade, high-quality Mexican tiles because only in this country this tradition has remained alive. In order to obtain a unique glaze of our decorative, ceramic tiles we use various types of native clay that are indigenous to Mexico. This is a must for the tile to be unique and carry the name “Talavera”. The pieces are handcrafted using a potter’s wheel and sealed with glazes for an extra glow.
Initially, only cobalt blue was used as a pigment. Therefore, if you visit antique minors and haciendas you will find them decorated with white and blue tiles, especially on the exterior façade or in the lobbies. 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 prehispanic to their Spanish heritage. Today, Mexican tile designs are the perfect addition to a broad range of interior styles. The antique look of those ceramic tiles suits rustic ambiences but also eclectic spaces. They also can work as beautiful and surprising contrasts in utterly modern interiors, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and patios.