Cultural themes from around the world
Tiles of the World
Moroccan tiles can be called Zillij, Moorish, Andalusian or Fes tiles. The most popular is the shaped type that interlocks together to create an authentic, mosaic in styles reminiscent of Islamic architecture. The shape is also available on square tiles to in order to replica the pattern.
Highly patterned floor and wall tiles use traditional Mediterranean and Arabesque designs. This follows the same theme below as can be seen in historical buildings all around the world and are usually encaustic matt tiles.
Inspired by relaxed culture and the vibrant colours of the Mediteranean. Popular colours are terracotta and blue with Portuguese influences of yellow and sometimes green.
During the second half of the 16th Century a number of Flemish potters settled in England and a delftware industry began. This fashion lasted for many, many years and is still popular today. Traditional white or cream tiles painted with blue insets and corners.
Churches, Cathedrals and Palaces
Reminiscent of tiles seen in ecclesiastical buildings this collection of tiles works on walls and floors. European designers of the creative 1800 to early 1900 forged the art of encaustic cement decorated tiles. From the palaces of St Petersburg, building entrances in Paris, Gaudi’s Barcelona style and the villas of Saigon. The designs were also popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
- the fleur de lis pattern is an ancient symbol used in heraldry, coats of arms and as a sign of purity
- Alhambra, a pattern repeated throughout Andalusia.
- Celtic knot
- Encaustic and Geometric
Encaustic and Geometric
African and Indonesian
These strong, dark designs work very well in both contemporary and traditional settings. Reminiscent of the lost civilizations of South and Central America
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