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|
I used "light blue Talavera" to mix with a patterned Talavera in my bathroom (San Angel 1). It is perfect with that pattern, but it is s little darker than the pictures on screen. It is more a cornflower shade of blue, but beautiful. Of course, there is variation with hand painted tiles and some are lighter than others, and I received a few that were as pale as those pictured. If you want each to be exact, then these tiles are not for you. But for the true Mexican look, tiles have variations and imperfections and that is their beauty. I love the color, and the hue variations pick up light and make them more interesting. On screen you can see these slight variations in shade on the tile shown. That is accurate. I suggest ordering a few extra for possible breakage (although with several orders I have never received a broken tile; their packing is excellent)and if one or two vary more than you like, you will still have plenty that are just the right shade. That is what happened with my order. I used a cobalt blue pencil liner with this shade as they did not have pencil liners in light blue, and it looks fine. White would make another good option. Excellent company to work with. I have other tile from this company in my kitchen above the stove and it holds up well and cleans beautifully.
The following discounts will be reflected in the shopping cart when the proper quantity is entered:
|Size||Number of tiles||Price per tile||Discount|
|2x2 in.||1 - 49||$ 0.75|
|50 +||$ 0.67||10%|
|4x4 in.||1 - 89||$ 1.65|
|90 +||$ 1.48||10%|
|6x6 in.||1 - 24||$ 3.50|
|25 +||$ 3.15||10%|