You need approx. 3 pounds of broken tile to fill one square foot.
PLEASE NOTE: Colors and variety of your broken tile order will vary upon availability.
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.
|A pound of broken Mexican tiles is about three 4x4 talavera tiles. You need aprox 3 Lbs to cover one square foot.|
|NOTE||Some of the tiles that we sell as broken may NOT be broken. We sell them as material appropriate to break, since they may be have a chipped corner or they may just be from an odd batch. You may receive complete tiles, in which case you will have the option to break them as you need. Also, colors and variety of your broken tile order will vary upon availability.|
|Body||Red body bisque, irregular and concave (not perfectly flat)|
|Crazed Effect||Crazing effect refers to small cracks on the surface of a tile, characteristic which is inherent and may be visible before and/or after installation. However, over time this attribute may become more prominent or can be enhanced by using a contrasting colored grout.|
|Tile Thickness||All our standard 4x4 in. Talavera tiles have a 1/4 in. thickness. Larger and smaller tiles may vary in thickness accordingly.|
|Applications||Suitable for all interiors of residential and commercial wall applications. Light-use flooring as accents or as a border to define an area. If used in moist areas, apply a penetrating sealer which forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. Outdoor use is subject to climate. Talavera tiles are NOT frost proof.|
|Recommended Grout Type and Width||1/4 in. grout line suggested. Use sanded grout when doing grout lines of 1/4 in. or more; and non-sanded grout when less than 1/4 in. For further advice, contact your professional tile installer.|
|Color, Size and Design Variation||Slight variations are expected for all Talavera Tiles. For instance, size, color and design are all likely to vary due to the hand made process. Please note shades of color are seen differently on computer monitors and therefore customers should request a sample before making a final selection or purchase. Lot variation in size and color may be present from shipment to shipment. There is no guarantee that tiles ordered as add-ons will match those from the original orders.|
|Care Recommendations||Clean with mild cleanser and damp cloth, do not use abrasive cleaners.|
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Wow, it came very quickly. It's beautiful! I'm going to mosaic a warped cello of mine. This tile will be stunning on it. I'm having so much fun sorting out the numerous colors and patterns. I will buy from you again.
WE L O V E your TILE!!!
Great service. Tiles are great variety of sizes, colors and shapes. Will be fun to work with for the mosaics.
Pieces were a bit larger than I expected, which is a bonus. I can't wait to start my mosaic!!! I was inspired to look for these after a trip to Pecos, NM. I love the Tierra Y Fuego website.
I love it, it came so quickly. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, I just had to have it
I love the different designs and colors. Nice big pieces.
Tiles came quickly and are beautiful. Thank you!
I received these tiles and they are just beautiful I am planning to order for my countertop
Received promptly. Look exactly as pictured. Thanks very much. Hope my project turns out as well as your product!
Loved the broken tiles but was a little disappointed of the lack of variety. I was hoping for a lot of different tiles with different colors. Half of my tiles were full of color which I loved. The other half were just white with one color. The whole box looked like they came from maybe (3) different tiles total. I did however like the price and the speed of the order.