Glazed brick tiles have been used to adorn and decorate for centuries. The stunning patterns and mosaics of the Middle East and Africa; the delicate painted delftware of Holland in the 16th century; the Victorian era of the arts and crafts movement to the Gothic revival when wall tiles started to become the standard for kitchen and bathroom walls.
Why choose tiles? Well from a practical point of view, for any area with running water or where cooking takes place, tiles offer a protective, hardwearing, hygienic and easy to clean surface. From a decorative point of view, the possibilities are endless…
Hand made and hand crafted
Full of character and charm, handmade tiles bring a very distinctive look with a vast choice of pattern, coloured glazes, hand painted decors and panels, moulded raised tiles and beautiful reproductions of tiles of old.
Each tile is a work of art and individual. With styles suitable for period, country and more contemporary interiors there is so much choice – you can even have your tiles personalised!
Porcelain tiles are suitable for both walls and floors making them a perfect choice if you want your tiles to match or are looking to create a contemporary, minimal look.
Rectified porcelain tiles (those which have very straight cut edges) offer the option of having very tight grout joints, which enhance the modern look.
Porcelain tiles are usually either through-body meaning there is no glaze and the colour is the same all the way through or glazed where a glaze with colour/texture/pattern has been applied. Patterned and wood effect tiles are examples of glazed porcelain.
With many different finishes, it is worth checking the wear rating of the tile to determine its suitability for its intended use. Over the past few years, larger tiles have increased in popularity as our homes have become open plan, porcelain is the perfect material for this. Many porcelain tiles are also suitable for outside use.
Mosaic tiles can be glass, ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, metal, mother of pearl and even gold leaf!
They generally come in sheets around 30cm square (depending on the size of each mosaic) and most have a mesh backing.
Mosaics vary in thickness, traditional swimming pool and ceramic mosaics tend to be thinner while natural stone and glass are usually 10mm.
Used by themselves or cut down as borders, mosaics are a great way to add colour or a feature to your room.
As with porcelain most natural stone is suitable for walls and floors so work well if you want all the surfaces to match, although it’s worth remembering each piece of stone is unique.
Our most popular stone wall tiles tend to be brick shaped, 10cm x 10cm squares and cut strips.
Most stones should be sealed, this will protect against staining and make them easier to clean.
Once laid stone becomes part of the building, it looks stunning and lasts forever.
There are many types, slate, limestone, sandstone, travertine, marble & granite, all available in different sizes and finishes. Whether a traditional English country house or a high tech, modern kitchen there is a stone to add beauty and character to your home.