You may order samples online. Sample must be purchased and shipping charges apply. Please keep in mind sample tiles may vary in color from future orders due to the handmade process.
Talavera tiles are NOT frost resistant, they should not be used on outdoor installations with potential freezing temperatures.
Mexico is world reknown 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 thoughout 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.
• All interiors of residential and commercial wall applications.
• Light-use residential flooring as accents or as a border to define an area.
• Outdoor use in areas where freezing temperatures are not common. Tiles are not frost proof.
• Moist areas where tiles are not submerged in water.
• Tiles and grout must be sealed with a penetrating sealer that will form an invisible barrier resistant to moisture and stains.
• Outdoor use is subject to climate conditions and method of installation.
• Not recommended on outdoor installations with potential freezing temperatures.
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|Care and Considerations||• Clean with mild cleanser and damp cloth, do not use abrasive cleaners.|
• Some glazes such as matte colors are acid sensitive. Do not use cleaners with an acid base since these may cause discoloration.
|Installation||• For Installation Recommendations refer to our Installation Guide|
We installed classic 4x4 Talavera tiles as a kitchen backsplash in our former home almost 30 years ago. The end result was beautiful, but the tiles were highly irregular in shape and glazing and difficult to work with. They appeared to be handmade. In the interim, there has obviously been considerable refinement and automation of the manufacturing process. The newer tiles are much flatter, more uniform in thickness and shape, and well-finished. As a result they've lost some of their crude charm but are much easier to work with. The designs and colors are traditional and still look great.
Incredibly beautiful stuff-- it is really dizzying!
Hello! Just wanted to let you know how much I love my tile. You guys did an excellent job of packing the order, not one tile was broken! I experienced great Customer Service from the day I placed the order receiving a call to let me know one of the tiles I ordered was out of stock and asking if I wanted to choose something else. My order arrived within a week of placing it and the quality of your tiles is excellent, especially for Talavera which is known for slightly flawed/misshapen pieces sometimes. I highly recommend your website, it's easy to navigate and everything was true in color and quality. Love you guys, thanks so much!!
I just received the tiles which were very well packed and arrived in a timely fashion. I was able to cut them fairly easily with a tile cutter and the result is great.
Ordered sample tiles -- they look very much like posted on the web. Delivery was on time. Working on the final design and will place the full order soon.
The following discounts will be reflected in the shopping cart when the proper quantity is entered:
|Size||Number of tiles||Price per tile||Discount|
|4¼ x 4¼ in.||1 - 89||$ 1.75|
|90 +||$ 1.57||10%|