Terracotta tiles have long been a material favored by builders and artisans alike. Traditionally reddish-brown, these tiles are now available in a wide range of colors and designs, from organic rustic to modern minimalist. They look incredible as backsplashes in cozy kitchens or as flooring in a bustling restaurant.
Since 1964, Country Floors and terracotta tiles have been nearly synonymous. Country Floors’ founder, a photographer named Norman Karlson, featured these tiles prominently in the early days of the brand. He understood their value as a timeless classic. Then, and now, terracotta flooring is the ideal neutral design element that can work with bright and bold color combinations, various metals, and woods of all types.
In Latin, terracotta means “baked earth.” Simply, artisans combine refined clay and water, then mold the mixture into the desired shape. They dry the product and fire it in a kiln or elementary oven. This process yields terracotta pots, full statues, figurines, gourds, pipes, and of course, tiles.
Where Can I Install Terracotta Tiles?
We recommend terracotta tiles for flooring installations, both indoors and outdoors. Durable, hard, and long-lasting, they will hold up against both stormy weather and a high-traffic stream of customers. They will not crack, break, or scratch easily. Moreover, they hold anti-bacterial and anti-slip properties. They also insulate heat and sound.
Terracotta also looks incredible on wall coverings and kitchen backsplashes, particularly for rustic and natural interior design schemes.
One disadvantage of terracotta is its porosity. It must be periodically sealed to safeguard against stains and moisture. Therefore, we only suggest glazed terracotta for wet area spaces like showers.