Encaustic tiles are also referred to as Moroccan tiles, Spanish tiles, Moorish tiles, cement tiles, inlaid tiles and geometric tiles. They were originally handmade ceramic tiles with ornate and geometric patterns that were produced within the body of the tile, rather than the glaze. Thus over time as the tile was worn, the pattern remained.
They date back as far as the 13th century, originally adorning churches and later gaining popularity in the homes of the wealthy Victorians in the 19th Century. They were also popular at this time throughout the USA and Latin America before spreading to the Caribbean and throughout the world.
We often look to the past to inspire the designs of the present and future. Since 2014 there has been a massive resurgence in the popularity of encaustic style tiles, largely attributed to their innate and timeless beauty, energy and character. Combine these factors with contemporary design and manufacturing processes, and it's not hard to see how these stunning tiles have had such a massive revival.
Whilst you can still get authentic hand made encaustic tiles, numerous tile manufacturers are now producing encaustic-style tiles in porcelain. This enables an old world design to meet the contemporary era with superior wear, durability, application and affordability. They retain the character and charm of the original encaustic tiles, but with a more refined finish and contemporary design that fulfils the needs of modern homes and businesses.
The Tile Depot has a range of encaustic-style tiles, simply referred to as patterned tiles. These range from stunning contemporary monochrome designs, to the distressed and colourful antique style. The Tile Depot have some tiles with warm rustic tones, flexibility in mixing and matching patterns, and even some in the ultimate on trend hexagonal shape. Designers are sure to find something to suit their project.
From kitchen splashbacks to inlaid floors to feature walls, encaustic style patterned tiles have fabulous applications.
For something unique, timeless and yet remarkably contemporary, check out The Tile Depot's range in store or on the Tile Depot website.