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.
How to Order Tile Samples
|You may order samples online or by phone. Sample must be purchased and shipping charges apply. When ordering samples please keep in mind there is no guarantee tile samples will match future orders do to the handmade process.|
|Size||Due to handmade nature, tiles may vary by up to 1/4 in. Sizes are nominal, meaning that sizes vary from the actual.|
|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.|
|Tiles per Square Foot||
** The following is an estimate number of tiles you will need per square foot. The amount of tiles needed per square foot varies according to tile size and shape. This is a courtesy estimate and we recommend to double check measurements and tile quantities with your tile expert installer as you may need additional pieces to account for cuts and breakage.
|Body||Red body bisque, irregular and concave (not perfectly flat).|
|Finish||Due to the sensitive nature of talavera tiles surface scratches may be prominent in dark colors. For example, Cobalt Blue. All Talavera tiles have a glossy finish.|
|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. We recommend to seal tile before grouting and to seal grout after installation. For further advice, contact your professional tile installer.|
|Installation Recommendations||Lay out material prior to installation to properly blend and balance color. Due to size variation, we recommend to shuffle thru tile or several boxes before installation. The application of a penetrating sealer is recommended in accordance with the sealer manufacturer’s instructions to further enhance the durability of the tile. Note: Always perform a sample test on an inconspicuous area, before applying the sealer on an entire tiled surface.|
|Care Recommendations||Clean with mild cleanser and damp cloth, do not use abrasive cleaners.|
|How Much Extra Tile to Order||Industry standard recommends adding on 5-10% additional tile to the tile needed to account for waste, special cuts, or other unforeseen problems. This is particularly important in complex installations. Specially with diagonal patterns.|
This is the second time that we are purchasing tile from Tierra y Fuego. The tile is exactly what I expected, colorful and so wonderfully mexican. The tile arrived within three days and was packed securely.
The color are perfect and the customer service was very helpful because we were concerned about matching tile colors. Shipping was also very quick. Thank you
The Polanco 4x4 tiles worked out well. Looks beautiful. Thank you.
Excellent quality! Exactly as pictured, safely packaged to ensure no breakage and just beautiful! I will definitely shop here again!
This is the second time I have ordered from Tierrayfuego. I love the selection of tiles, the ease of ordering and great shipping provided. The first time I ordered I called in my order and was helped by a very knowledgeable rep who was very sweet. I love your tiles, they are beautiful. I look forward to doing business with you again. Thank you!
I ordered your tiles previously and they are beautiful and the shipping was good. None broke.
I ordered my tiles to be installed in an outdoor garden box. They arrived extremely well packed and all in one piece. The colors are vibrant and true to the on line pictures. I will be back for my next project for sure.
We ordered one tile as a sample, and it's a beautiful tile. I'm not sure if it will work with our current color scheme for the bathroom, but it's a gorgeous tile, and we may try to find another use for it (kitchen maybe?). Really beautiful and packed extremely well.
I was concerned ordering tile online but spoke to customer service who reassured me that packing was to a standard to ensure safe delivery. Tile came promptly, beautifully, and in excellend condition. It looks gorgeous in our kitchen!
Thank you for the great service. my previous order was packed perfectly and with great care. No damages at all! Please commend your packing and shippng department. My kitchen looks amazing with these tiles.
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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||$ 1.55|
|50 +||$ 1.39||10%|
|4¼ x 4¼ in.||1 - 89||$ 1.85|
|90 +||$ 1.66||10%|