Heritage Tiles

Because of their handmade nature and using historic glazing techniques, these collections can exhibit extreme variation. This is part of their beauty and authenticity. These collections are sold only through New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco showrooms.
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Metropolis Stone Designs Collection

Metropolis Stone Designs

Metropolis; a term used rather vaguely in modern days but that is still widely recognized as a term of endearment when describing a city which had grown to become a cultural, business and technological hub.We have chosen several of these modern day centers, who have over time strived and excelled in becoming design and lifestyle landmarks. Metropolis Stone Designs Collection is an homage to each of these cities, a sign of gratitude to their designers, architects, artist and creators who have given the world so much beauty.Explore your urban and also urbane self by delving into the mighty stone collection.
New Ravenna Collection

New Ravenna

Mental images of New Ravenna always linger for those who have visited this Spanish coastal resort town. In the case of those who have not ever been lucky enough to experience this Costa del Sol treasure the images become dreams.Our New Ravenna Decorative Mosaics Collection combine multiple mediums to produce finely rendered design elements worthy of any design plan. As defined by Wikipedia, “A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It is often used in decorative art or as interior decoration.” We will of course bow to the judgment of our clients on our efforts.

About Heritage Tiles

Our Heritage Tile Collection includes handmade tiles carefully crafted by artisans in California and the West coast. These artisans draw upon rich tilemaking traditions around the world, from the strong contrasting Celtic designs of medieval England to the twisting Arabesque patterns of ancient Morocco. In doing so, they preserve the incredible customs and heritage of historic antique tilemaking that have persisted for thousands of years.

The ceramic bodies and glazes are mostly custom and handmade. Each tilemaker has their own formulas and traditions, delicately crafting each collection with their own unique signature.

How Are Heritage Tiles Made?

The tiles from this collection are made using two traditional methods:

  • Wet Clay: The wet clay is dried for several days and then shaped into the desired tile. It’s a labor-intensive process, as the artisans must fire the tile twice.
  • Dry clay: Craftsmen receive pre-dried clay and then mold it into the desired shape.  This process is easier and quicker. However, it limits the sizes and shapes of the tile.

Most heritage tile makers use old Scott electric kilns. These kilns have small capacity but produce unique and beautiful tiles. Each kiln has no more than 30 square feet of space.

Country Floors Collections

The Crossing, Old World Tile, and Olde English Tile Collections are handmade tiles that evoke the historic style of Western Europe. Made by Karen Peterson, the tiles of the Crossing Collection resemble encaustic cement. They have sepia-tinted toned symmetrical patterns that have a vintage feel. In turn, the Old World Tile Collection includes hand-painted tiles in soft hues for a delicate, detailed touch. The Olde English Tile Collection has the image of medieval England, with Celtic-inspired bold flora patterns and gothic royal motifs.

The Royal Delft Tile Collection by the 400-year-old Royal Makkum Company continues the tradition of one of the oldest ceramic tile designs in the world. Originally, English and Dutch craftsmen crafted Delft tiles in the seventeenth century. They were inspired by the striking contrast of blue-and-white Chinese ceramics and depicted scenes from everyday life.  Similarly, the Faience Blue Tile Collection harkens back to old tin-glazed ceramic ware that featured vivid blue-and-white patterns.

The Catalina Ceramic Tile, La Brea Moresque, Maroc Glazed Tile, and Miradouro Portuguese Tile Collections all memorialize Iberian and North African tile-making with traditional intricate patterns. Common motifs include twisting, interlocked flora and bold symmetrical patterns that create a feast for the eyes. These richly colored tiles are ideal for kitchen backsplashes and statement walls, evoking a rustic country feel.

For more heritage tile design ideas, check out our blog post: Heritage Tiles: The Union of Tradition and Creativity.