Across the Atlantic from contender Italy, Mexico steps up with equally beautiful seascape views, food, culture, and of course – tile. Mexican tile, which is also known as Talavera tile, has been used throughout central Mexico since its origins in the mid-1600’s. It was found adorning cathedrals, public areas, and luxurious homes.
Talavera tile can be located in the decor of a number of different places. Homes, hotels, eateries, plazas and businesses utilize bright and bold tile design. Today, thanks to the influence of the Spanish Revival Architecture movements, Talavera tile has made its presence known in our own country, specifically California and New Mexico.
So what exactly is Talavera? It is is a style of pottery, which began in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. This region is where the oldest artifacts of modern humanity reside. With the growth of societies throughout the Renaissance across Europe and Asia, handcrafted Majolica ceramic practices were adapted and refined region to region.
Mexican tile evokes warm, earthy tones. This may tie into the food and terrain in which Mexico resides. Deep reds convey the desert red rock; dark yellow is the maize, a cobalt blue sky meets bright green, like the crops they rely on to survive. Mexican tile boasts bright and bold colors. It is a beautiful option for a backsplash, border, staircase, or accent wall. Choose the colors that fit with your personality. Coastal feel? Go with the cobalt blues. Southwestern look? The dark reds and browns are an excellent choice. Talavera Tile comes in all different colors – so whether or not you choose a cold or warm palette, there are hundreds of options for you to choose.
Custom Mexican Talavera tile brightens the mood of a space. From kitchens to bathrooms and beyond – research some designs of Talavera before you finalize a decision on your project. Be ready to add a bit of culture to your project with tile from Mexico.