Tiles are often named after their place of origin and the Spanish Tile is no exception. Spanish Tiles originated in Spain many centuries ago and by the 17th century were being exported around the Mediterranean and to the rest of the globe.
Azulejos is the Spanish word for tiles, and is derived from the Arabic word Zellij.
Authentic Spanish tiles are handmade and can be manufactured from clay and ceramics. The term “Spanish” is broad (it is used to define tiles created in line with traditional Spanish and Mexican designs). Both usually incorporate the use of vivid shapes and vibrant colours. Bright hues of red and blue, and lively blooms with petals that almost reach out to touch you. Spanish tiles sometimes incorporate fertility symbols and the use of geometric patterns is also quite common. This type of pattern is evocative of the baroque churches you find in Mexico and Spain.
Following the Christian conquest, lots of tile manufacturers began to appear in different areas of Spain. Centers were established in Toledo and Talavera de la Reina, Barcelona, Valencia, Grenada and Seville. They began to grow in popularity and you will find Spanish tiles in the farmhouses of Mallorca, the monasteries of Toledo and the bodegas of Guadix. Designs vary and include fine, intricate and heavily patterned tiles and also unadorned white, black and red patterns.
Spanish tiles can be used in many different ways, flooring can be given new lease of life or how about giving your wet room a colorful makeover? Spanish tiles can be used to brighten up walls and decorate furniture. Outside your home they could also add a sophisticated touch to your patio and pathways. Add some Spanish elegance to your abode and you might be lucky enough to feel like you are on holiday every day!