The Spanish certainly built their terracotta to last. Using the durable material of clay dirt, and taking on a warm color when they hardened, the name terracotta or ‘baked earth’ was perfect for these new stone tiles. People used terracotta tiles throughout Europe in everything from peasant housing to beyond the highest castle walls. Those clay tiles that found themselves in churches, palaces, and public squares had something a little more special about them. Tile masters painted the terracotta with natural pigments, glazed for longevity, and arranged in gorgeous patterns. Now we can find the Spanish terracotta that we know and love today across Spain. You can encounter them in multiple different forms. People loved them from every walk of life.
What Makes our Terracotta Tiles Quite So Classic?
The Country Floors collection of Spanish-inspired terracotta tiling takes its primary inspiration from the ‘Lenguas Mallorquinas’. These are traditional fabrics, woven on the Spanish island of Mallorca, with their name directly translating to ‘fabric of flames’. The designs printed upon our Spanish terracotta floor tiles follow the same artistic direction as these hand-dyed fabrics. They have geometric patterns that are seemingly discontinuous, bright lively, and un-ignorable color palettes created using natural dyes. They also have a range of natural color tones that are perfect at home in a casa on the island of Mallorca. Now, we use these fabric designs in many other mediums. And we’re proud to be bringing this small part of this Spanish heritage to our designer stone tiling collection.
Turn Your Home into the Modern Classic Spanish Casa
When it comes to the traditional Spanish haçienda, terracotta tiling must feature somewhere within the gorgeous natural elements: white walls, red flowers, wooden beams, and arched doorways. The Spanish-themed home just wouldn’t feel complete without terracottas inclusion. Utilizing such a wonderful tile in your bathroom may pose questions. Questions such as why not in the entryway where everyone will be able to look upon them. Or surely such a stylish pattern should don the heart of the home in the kitchen. While it is true that our pattern terracotta tiling will look perfect just about anywhere, we’re here to focus on creating a bathroom that looks like it was lifted straight from a Spanish villa.
Indigo Wash Flama
Glossy Terracotta Tiles
Indigo Wash India
Glossy Terracotta Tiles
Indigo Wash Manta
Glossy Terracotta Tiles
Of course, as we mentioned above, terracotta tiles are naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. When installed properly, terracotta can last for decades. So you don’t need to have any hesitation when it comes to placing them in your bathroom. The light coloring is perfect to bring a sense of space to your bathroom. Thus, the pattern works to achieve a sense of majesty that the W/C usually misses out on. This makes them the perfect natural stone floor tile for bathrooms. It will include a more modern or outlandish set of furniture and fixtures. However, natural light is a must when working with terracotta tiling. Because the tile patterns are so vivid, we can not see their glory if they sit in the dark. The same is true if we illuminate them with electric and unnatural light sources.
A Closer Look at the Antiqued Mallorca Terracotta Collection
Upon first glance at the CountryFloors collection, you will meet the beautiful swirl of warm Vintage Linen and cooler Indigo Wash-colored terracotta tiling. Each tile has a stunning pattern that truly embodies the spirit of the classic natural stone Spanish interior.
To start, the Flama patterned tiles, named after flames, when viewed from afar seem to present a beautiful undulating pattern, the intricacy of the small curves almost oriental in its influence – but upon closer inspection, the triangular accents make it very clear where the inspiration for this particular terracotta tile came from. The Manorca tile, named for Mallorca’s sister Balearic island, Menorca, takes on a distinctly floral pattern, yet its simplicity in both color, and line and border work, keeps it from becoming too overpowering.
The Manorca patterned tile is a sound statement to make. It evokes images of white painted homes donned with heaping branches of purple and violet bougainvillea blooms, As a final mention, the Ikat tile is one that pattern is steeped in even more history surrounding the Lenguas Mallorquinas, citing the Indonesian Ikat dying technique that no doubt made its way to the ports of Mallorca and into their fabric designs. This terracotta patterned tiling is entirely rustic, with geometric right angles snaking their way throughout the tile’s design.
To view the full collection of Antiqued Mallorca Terracotta tiles available on our site, or our other natural stone tiling collections, click here! If you need any guidance on how and where to use patterned terracotta tiles in your home or office, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our team of expert interior designers, who can offer you invaluable tips and tricks for getting the most out of your colorful terracotta tile interior.